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Unread 01-14-2005, 08:31 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

Morning Ladies,

Today I was approached by a woman that works in my building (as she watched me hold my 8 week post-op swelly belly entering the building) and she asked how I was doing.

When I told her that I'm still tired at the end of the day her comment was "Yes, it's just like having a C-section". I just smiled politely (biting my tonge the entire time) and said "I see".

I have to beg to differ and I know that there had been a post on this site previously about this but for the life of me, I can't find it.

Can anyone out there let me know the recovery differences for these two surgeries? I have never seen a woman who had delivered a child via c-section go through what I went through with this.


P.S. Do I sound irritated with that woman? Heehee - I AM!!!
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Unread 01-14-2005, 08:47 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

It is sooooooo NOT the same......
I have had the "pleasure" of both procedures, and they are worlds apart.

Let me at her-----just kidding

The cold weather here makes me fiesty!!!!

I think the posts were on the pre-op forum?

Even though my sectionX2 scar was used, different procedures were done.
My section for my overdue twins was kinda cool.
After baby#1 was delivered, the Doc just let babe # 2 roll out in an intact amniotic filled sac (sorry if this seems gross), we got all these cool pics of it. You can see the cord, feet, and yes, butt crack. I was told that this rarely happens-(obviously), and it was all in a matter of less than a minute. They lowered the screen by my head and picked him up, sack and all, to show me. Then it popped, and my Charlie made his appearance, all 8 lbs, 10 oz of him!!!!!

Anyhooo, I am guessing that in any surgical manual that outlines both procedures, you can get a feel for the different muscles cut and organ placement/movement during the procedures.

I hope that this helps, I have yet to get that comment (not back at work yet), but I'm ready!!!!!!hahaha

Take care,
Unread 01-14-2005, 08:53 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

Here are some threads where the topic was discussed:





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Unread 01-14-2005, 09:22 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

I am glad somebody cut and pasted those old threads. I saw a lot of them before my LSH on 11/10.

I am glad I saw them because they helped prepare me. I had 2 C-sections, and unfortunately, this surgery was far, far more difficult than the C-sections. In the C-section they are in and out quickly, and only make an incision in your uterus. Versus a hyst where the entire organ is removed, and hundreds of stitches are made inside you.

Please be prepared. You WILL recover, but know that it is more difficult than a C-section.
Unread 01-14-2005, 09:52 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

As you can see from the threads posted that everyone recovers differently. I can only tell you that I too had 2 c-sections and am finding this TAH/BSO to be much more difficult. I remember driving myself to my post-op appointment at 2 weeks with my c-sections. I am now 3 1/2 weeks post-op and have JUST started driving very short distances. Maybe it is because we're a little older, but who cares - discomfort is discomfort.
It's frustrating when other people tell you how you should feel. We're all different. Hang in there. Lots of hugs.javascript:smilie('')
Unread 01-14-2005, 10:32 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

Yup, I've had both too. And though my c-section was a very difficult life-saving emergency, it still was a piece of cake compared to the TAH. No idea why...... age maybe ?

kind regards
smiles & dreams
Unread 01-14-2005, 10:48 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

I have had 3 c-sections and I can say without a doubt that having a TAH with everything removed but my cervix is
The recovery has been much longer and with much more restrictions post-op. I thought I would heal quicker than I did, as I was one of those woman who thought it would be a similar experience as my c-sections but I was SO WRONG!!
Just cus it may be the same kind of incision does not make this remotely similar.

Unread 01-14-2005, 10:50 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

I'll chime in her too... I had both procedures......C-Section is NOTHING compared to TAH. And my cousin is currently pregnant with twins and set to deliver via C-Section. She keeps talking about how it actually going to be harder than my TAH because there are two babies...after all........ lol
Unread 01-14-2005, 10:52 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

Hi everyone!

I usually just put it out there if anyone asks how I am doing. I tell them I thought it would be comparable to my previous 2 C-sections, but IT'S NOT. That usually shuts them up real quick. Especially if they have only had a C-section and want to compare notes.

I remember (because I have pics and video) that I was feeling great at 2 weeks post C-section. I was in my jeans, driving didn't hurt, holding and caring for a baby wasn't a problem at that point either. For me, it was just a few days of discomfort.

I will be 4 weeks next week and I still feel "beat up" after a TAH/BSO. I still take Motrin on a daily basis because I can't stand the tugging/pulling/burning feeling. I haven't been lifting anything over 10 pounds either. I don't want my husband to ask me anymore how I am doing - I can't stand to hear myself whine about it any longer. If it is bothering me, I am sure he is sick of hearing it too.

One day at a time!
Unread 01-14-2005, 11:04 AM
Hysterectomy vs. C-section

well --- one of the big problems that i had was my EXPECTATION that my abdominal hyst would be like my 3 c sections. i had uterine infections all three times, and was in the hospital for 8 days when i had those. so i kept asking the surgeons if the hyst would be liek that. i was trying to plan for how much time to plan to take off work--- i am self employed, no income when I am not working, and so wanted to take off as little as possible.

they told me it would be similar to a c section. it was so NOT the same. i wish i had been prepared better.

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