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Hyst worse than C-section??? Hyst worse than C-section???

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Unread 03-15-2006, 12:51 PM
Hyst worse than C-section???

I had 4 CS, last one 14 years ago. My hyster has been more difficult in that I am older and recovery time is turning out to be longer. My hyster was more involved once they got in there and lasted over 2 hours, so it was much more invasive than a CS. I am more tired, and I am still much more sore at this point in my recovery than I was with the CS.
However, I do feel the CSs helped me prepare somewhat for the hyster, as I knew what to do for gas, first time standing, that kind of stuff. And I will admit the initial pain when I first got up after the hyster was probably less, but I did have an ON-Q pain system. I also didn't miss the breastfeeding every three hours and my milk coming in and the baby blues.
Just remember that we are all different and we all handle pain and recovery in our own way. Good luck to you and I hope all goes well.
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Unread 03-15-2006, 01:38 PM
Hyst worse than C-section???

Hmmm... good question! My pain from my Hyst was out of control right after surgery so that was worse than my c-section, but the next day was easier. I got out of bed and moved around easier than after my c-section. I just MADE myself walk. I did that after my c-section too, but it just seemed easier and a little less painful this time. I am 4 weeks post op and I would say that it's been a little easier this time! No engorged boobies, either!
Unread 03-15-2006, 01:41 PM
Hyst worse than C-section???

i'm really glad i'm reading this topic. i was thinking it'd be a breeze compared to my c/s's.
i'd rather goin expecting the worst and be pleasantly suprised, then go in thinking it will be roses[easier] only to end up dissapointed.

I'll have 3 youngins to take care of//my older 3 will be in school. dh is military and they are good for giving time off...i'll see if he can get a week off. so glad i found this site!
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Unread 03-15-2006, 03:18 PM
Hyst worse than C-section???

I had two c-sects and find this recovery pretty comparable. My uterus was the size of a 4 mo preg; and both ovaries were about the size of oranges. My belly is much smaller now, except for the swelling. You should do fine, just listen to the dr. and take your meds on time to intercept pain. Best wishes and prayers!
Unread 03-15-2006, 08:24 PM
Hyst worse than C-section???

I would say a c-section is worse. I had 3 c-sections the last one in 2000. With that being said no two hysters are alike so it depends on what you are having done. My hysterectomy incision was only about two thirds the size of my c-section incision and I think that helped to make my recovery easier. Not having engorged breasts, uterine contractions, and being able to sleep I think made the hysterectomy easier. Long term recovery takes longer I believe with the hysterectomy. I get tired very easily and have just a bit of swelly belly on the days where I overdo. Good luck!
Unread 03-15-2006, 08:38 PM
Hyst was easier for me

Comparing vag birth, C Section, gastric bypass to my TVH, the TVH was a picnic for me. No pain whatsoever, great pain management with a spinal with morphine. I was out of bed roaming the hall the same evening. But remember, I only had the external incision for the TVH, not the external incision like with a c sect. No matter which way you go, pain management has gotten much better. I wish you all the best!
Unread 03-16-2006, 07:13 AM
Hyst worse than C-section???

Thanks for all of the replies!!! They are extremely helpful. Interesting too!
Unread 03-16-2006, 07:47 AM
Hyst worse than C-section???

I just had my abdominal hysterectomy Monday and it is very similar to the c-section that I had 5 years ago. I had the same doctor and she used the old incision to remove my uterus only. I did have some pain when I woke up in the recovery room that I did not have with the spinal block during the c-section. All in all the pain and recovery has been about the same. Good luck and best wishes!
Unread 03-16-2006, 07:51 PM
Hyst worse than C-section???

Where on this site can you find out about the gas and what to do for
it. It sounds like they put gas in you but I can't find anything that
talks about it. This scares me. Also, do you have control over your
bowels during surgery? I would rather not eat for days prior than to
have problems. I was suprised to read one sister said she was on her
right side during surgery. I assumed you would be on your back????
Unread 03-16-2006, 09:25 PM
To Still Young

Darling, I am a former military wife and you better get your hubby as much leave time as he can take. One week is not enough, a minimum of two weeks but still is not enough especially with someone with young kids. You need help taking showers and wiping after bathroom getting up and down from chair or bed. You will need help with daycare and food and house cleaning. This is not one of those time to be a super hero military wife and suck it up as they say. This is the time for hubby to be the night and shining armour and take care of his wife and kids. Just my and past experience of military life.

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