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Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together? Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together?

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Unread 12-22-2005, 10:25 AM
Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together?

Hi all,
After much thought and consideration I've opted to have a partial hysterectomy and my leaky bladder problems resolved at the same time. (My Dr. s partner will tye up my bladder and my Dr. will take out the uterus and leave my cervix and ovaries).
I had a c-section 14 years ago so I have a clue about what the recovery might be but am wondering:
Has anyone else here done this and is the recovery different than for someone having a regular hysterectomy? I am so looking forward to not having to wear pads or diapers any more!!
Thanks for reading!
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Unread 12-22-2005, 10:28 AM
Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together?

You'll still be wearing pads because more than likely you'll have "mini periods".. I was going to do the partial and then when the doctor told me that I changed my mind. Hope all goes well for you.
Unread 12-22-2005, 10:38 AM
I'm sure it won't be as bad as it was

Thanks for your reply! I have to wear incontinance pads 24/7 from a leaky bladder made worse by asthma and my growing fibroids. So in my case a slight amount of staining now and then and a light days pad won't be the end of the world. My cycles were always regular but I usually have very heavy and painful ones if this problems are all resolved for me then I will feel like a new woman even if I have to deal with a little spotting now and then. (I can't imagine it would be like what it has been!)
(surgery scheduled for 1/30/06)
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Unread 12-22-2005, 05:13 PM
Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together?

I had my bladder lifted at the same time as my hysterectomy, but my hyst was a total (TVH) and I had my ovaries removed as well. In addition, I had A&P repairs (anterior & posterior) for cystocele and rectocele. I would say the recovery time is the same as for a 'plain' hysterectomy, but there are a few additional issues.

The major difference for me was that I went home with a Foley catheter. The DR had told me ahead of time that it was a 50-50 possibility with the bladder work, and I guess I was one of the lucky ones. Anyway, I removed it after a week and everything was fine.

The other difference was that I had more stitches than most in the perineal region because of the vaginal repairs. I had to sit on a donut pillow for a good six weeks... I highly recommend one if you are having repairs done at the same time.

All in all, most of the recovery issues are the same... just a little more care & concern given to being able to urinate properly on your own afterwards.

Good luck with your surgery!
Unread 12-28-2005, 12:46 AM
Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together?

Thanks surferbabe! Does hyster sisters have a link for that donut pillow? Or are they easy to find in stores??
Happy Holidays!
Unread 12-28-2005, 12:51 AM
Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together?

Hi Beth They're very easy to find... I got one of mine at the local discount chain drugstore in the medical supplies section (near the bedpans, canes etc); and the other one at Wal Mart. One of mine is the foam type and the other is inflatable. The inflatable one was convenient to carry in my purse and take on airplanes, etc., but the foam one was much more comfortable.

Unread 12-28-2005, 01:20 AM
Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together?

Thanks! Do you know if the one from Walmart was the more comfortable one??
I hate shopping there but will go out of my way to go there if I need to as they do have the best prices.
Unread 12-28-2005, 01:29 AM
Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together?

Sorry, I don't remember since it was almost four years ago ... but you could always call them (I'd call the pharmacy, they should know).

Unread 12-28-2005, 11:06 AM
Hysterectomy and bladder surgery together?

I just had both done (12/16) and had my catheter out yesterday (yippee!). It was well worth it. After the bladder work, you have to have a catheter for 7-10 days (not fun, believe me) and your bladder will be sensitive for up to 2 months after. Not to worry about leaking anymore will be awesome. I had a partial too---left my cervix and one ovary. My doctor said that some people do have mini periods after a partial, but that there are 2 ways to avoid it: (1) they sort of scoop out your cervix (there is a name for this but I forgot)---to ensure that all uterine tissue has been removed; and (2) they cauterize the top of the cervix. I had both. I was due for my period the week after my surgery and had no bleeding or spotting. Ask your doctor which (or both) they plan on doing. The key is making sure that no uterine tissue is left behind, and as the cervix and uterus are connected and there is no "dotted line" as to where to cut....they have to do some extra stuff.

As to the bladder, I cannot recommend the bladder surgery enough----even though I am still recoverying, I already feel different and am just thrilled at the prospect of having all of my parts in order!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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