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Unread 12-27-2005, 04:04 PM
Death During Op

I did the exact same thing, googled "death and hysterectomies", and like you I scared myself half to death. So, I started questioning women I know about hysterectomies -- did they have one, do they know someone who had one. I was surprised by the number of women who have been through this. No one I know of has died from the surgery, but I have heard that the few women who have died from it had other illnesses that they failed to reveal to their doctors (heart disease, etc) The doctors can best determine your risks if they have a complete history. As has been mentioned on this site, they monitor you very closely, taking notice of every little change in your vitals. The chances of death are very slim.

I am now 9 weeks post op and I feel better than I have in years. I gained some weight over the holidays, but that was my doing, not the hysterectomy (too much good food!). There has been no depression whatsoever (no more painful, heavy bleeding! Yippee!).
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Unread 12-27-2005, 04:44 PM
Death During Op

A hysterectomy is major surgery. As you'll see when you sign those pre-op consent forms, death is one of the possible outcomes. The likelihood is about the same as it is from any other major surgery -- that is, very low. Yes, we have had members here who have died during or as a result of their surgeries, and of course they did not come back and post about it (though a family member may have) ... but there have been very, very few. On the flip side, there have also been members (more of them) whose lives have been saved by having the surgery. It's a calculated risk, and best undertaken (imho) only when you are certain in your heart that the dangers of not having the surgery outweigh the likelihood of a negative outcome, whether that be death, disability or long term life-altering complications.

No one here can tell you that "you will be fine" or "it'll be the best thing you ever did for yourself", or -- my personal favorite (not) -- "you'll see, the waiting is the worst part". Tell that to those of us who've had major health problems afterwards. All the positive attitudes and good post op behavior in the world still cannot guarantee a perfect result and an easy recovery, though they can go a long way towards helping us achieve them.

I hope everything goes well with your surgery. I think you're smart to educate yourself beforehand and be aware of all the possible outcomes, however remote they may be. I'm sorry you found it so scary. Of course we all wish you the best possible results, and will be here for you regardless.

Unread 12-27-2005, 04:56 PM
Death During Op

Okay, do we want most of these posts to be "positive" ones or "negative" ones. That was a little "graphic".Those quotes you do not like are written to make one's spirit's "lighter", and ease fears of those who may not have a choice especially. One must still take all that is posted here with "a grain of salt", and use their own situations in decision making.
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Unread 12-27-2005, 09:32 PM

My doctor told me I had a better chance of getting struck by lightening then dying during a hysterectomy - for whatever reason I thought that was a very good way to think about it!

Take care and just remember that the odds are on your side.

Unread 12-27-2005, 10:47 PM
Death During Op

I was very scared also & the waiting IS awful. To give you a little history on me: I'm 49 with heart problems, asthma, don't have all my right lung, and smoke (what an *** I am), & I made it through the surgery. What made me feel better was the Dr. I had, although he did scare me with the possible complications..death being one of them, I read these post's nightly & have faith in God. I can't assure you it will be fine but with my health issues ..anyone here should feel a little better. Will keep you in my prayers for an uneventful surgery & recovery.
's & God Bless
Unread 12-27-2005, 11:21 PM
Death During Op

Today is my day to head to the castle, and let me tell you, I have thought of death many times! But as this day has gotten closer, I think I worry less, and I really think it is out of my hands, and into the hands of my excellent surgeons and the good Lord. If my purpose is finished here, then so be it. But I don't think so. I am hyped, and ready, and almost ready to feel like I wish I were dead when I wake up, because I will know that means I am not, right? Hey, if I can't make light of it, who will? I did talk about my "wishes" with my family, and told them I figure like Murphy's Law, the only time you will need those preparations is when you haven't MADE them! I have decided I want my ashes preserved in some sort of work of art. We didn't come up with much, other than a company that will make you into a paperweight, and one that claims to turn you into a diamond with 8 oz of ashes. I hope before my time, there are a few more options, like the guy who invented Frisbees who supposedly had 50 frisbees made with his cremains. No, I don't think I am obsessed, we just gave it some thought, and I think it almost made the family feel better too, to talk about the unspoken worries. Today, my daughter is taking lots of pictures of me, which is gettin' on my nerves though!!
Unread 12-27-2005, 11:52 PM
Bless You

Originally Posted by ssheart49
I read these post's nightly & have faith in God. Will keep you in my prayers for an uneventful surgery & recovery.
's & God Bless
awww, Bless Your Heart Lori...
keeping a positive faith filled spirit
will help in any life experience, be it
surgery or otherwise. I too will Pray
for all of you gals in need of support
and reassurance. Positive, comforting
thoughts are headed your direction!
God Bless
Unread 12-28-2005, 07:15 AM
Death During Op

I'm a surgical tech I have seen more things in the OR than you would believe. Death is one of those things but it's not always the surgery or the anesthesia. All patient must go in the OR with faith and a good attitude. I believe in the power of self healing, we must always think that things will be ok in the OR no bad thoughts. I had my surgery and I knew I would wake up and be fine, as much as I know about the OR I should have been afraid but I was not. Ladies believe and have faith death has a date for all of us when it's our time it will happen and not before.
Unread 12-28-2005, 07:39 AM
Death During Op

I can understand how you feel, I am about 2 weeks away from my surgery and am getting very nervous.......However, I am on my last period right now, and just keep thinking how wonderful it is that this will be my last!!!!!!!!! My prayers are with you for a happy and speedy recovery!!!!!!!
Unread 12-28-2005, 07:45 AM
Death During Op

Yes... death is a possibility during surgery, but please dont go out of your way to scare yourself before surgery. I hate to be melodramatic here, but death is a part of our every day lives ~ whether we want to admit it or not. We should ALWAYS take calculated risks... we should be smart about things... not JUST surgery. My point here is that IMHO we should do the research so that we know the risks (and do what we can to minimize them)... such as OPENLY discuss our medical conditions with our doctors, and OPENLY discuss our concerns with them as well. Then, IMHO we should do everything in our power to focus to prepare... such as advanced directives and a power of attorney... then... IMHO we should try to focus on getting ready for a hopefully positive outcome and focus on that ~ after all that is what we are all hoping to have.

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