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Unread 01-01-2007, 12:00 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 01-Jan 08,2007

If your hysterectomy was between Jan 01-Jan 08,2007 this is the place to post your progress during your hysterectomy recovery.

If you have a question about your recovery, please start a new thread to receive answers and support for your concerns!

We hope you are recovering with plenty of rest and a bit of walking.

Post how you are doing here when you are home and well enough to sit a few minutes at your computer.

Don't forget to pamper the princess, drink plenty of water and walk a bit!

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Unread 01-06-2007, 11:55 AM
LAVH on Jan 2nd 2007

Hi everyone,

I learned about this site from a family friend who recently had a hysterectomy. She was very supportive and gave me lots of info including this site.

My surgery went pretty well. I went in at 8am and the procedure began at 10am. They took everything. I was so nervous I was crying in the recovery room before they took me in and in the OR before I went under.

Coming out of the recovery room was pretty rough. I vomited all over everything(so my DH says, I was totally unaware) they had to change me and all my sheets. Sounds like lots of fun...wish I would have been awake :-)~

After all that they hooked up my meds pump. What a beautiful device. My DH said as soon as they handed me the pump...I pushed it and fell asleep.

I continued to do that until my DH gave up and took the kids home, since it was obvious I wasn't going to be awake. But as it always happens...I finally came around with everyone gone. I asked the nurse where my family was...she said they went home. That was about 4:30. I called home and my DH said they had just got there(we live an hour and half away from the hospital). Said he would see me first thing in the morning.

So after talking to my DH the nurse came in and I asked to have the cath removed. She called my dr and was giving the ok. Finally I was able to get up and move around and go pee on my own. I still needed help being disconnected from the pump...until I figured out how to do it myself. I hate having to wait for someone to help me. I'm too indepenent for that.

By the next morning I was off the pump and only taking oral meds...so my DR asked me if I wanted to go home, HECK YA (silly question). Called hubby about 7am to come and get me.

Its been pretty easy so far for me. Finally got a BM on the third day. Nothing to be really excited about...now if only I could pass gas like my honey...then that would be cause for celebration. :-)

It saturday now...still waiting for the emotional breakdown my mother warned me about. I have decided not to take my hormones for now...until I do some research (but I do have them here in case of emergency). My husband says if he sees me crying for no reason he is going to force feed them to me. He's such a sweetheart.

Seriously, my husband is the best thing to ever happen in my life, aside from my children.

Well, it seems I have rambled on and on for long enough. Hope all is well with everyone.

Lots of love,
Unread 01-06-2007, 04:06 PM
January 2nd

Hi all.

I had my hysterectomy on January 2nd. Uterus only. My cervix looked healthy and my ovaries were in good shape (they were not able to see them on any scans because of hte size of my fibroid - so the ovaries were a mystery until he opened me up). Had a cyst on one which he drained and cauterized. I had a massive fibroid coming off the top of my uterus and pulling it down sideways. Had 3 c-sections in the past, so lots of scar tissue. Ended up with vertical incision (which seems to be much easier to deal with than the bikini line cuts I've had previously).

I have to say, I feel great. Sore. Yes. Gassy. Yes. But, all in all - no complications. My ob/gyn is an excellent surgeon. I literally was up and around the next day helping my roommate get her socks on (not kidding).

Surgery lasted about 3 hours or so due to the size of the fibroid and my doc's desire to do some clean-up while he was in there.

I had surgery Tuesday morning at around 9:45 - came out around 1:30 or so - slept the rest of the day. Had visitors all day on Wednesday. Went home Thursday. Looking forward to sushi tomorrow!!!

I feel weepy today - which I think is more from my meds (oxycodone) than anything else. I have faithfully been taking pain meds - after 3 c-sections you learn to stop being a hero.

i want to thank everyone here who takes the time to post. I can't tell you how many nights I would pop on at 3am when I would wake up in a cold sweat panicking over the surgery. Everyone's stories - good and bad - helped me get through the surgery - because I knew what to expect.

So. Thank you!

My best to everyone else.

Stella <----Who simply cannot fathom the idea of NO MORE PERIODS!!!
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Unread 01-06-2007, 07:41 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 01-Jan 08,2007

Hi All

I had my TVH on 1/4. Surgery went well. The ovaries looked great. I am waiting on the pathology report. He did find some fibroids. Also, some nodules??? He also suspects Adenomyosis due to the uterus size and the soft boggy appearance(and tenderness during exams). I was discharged today. I had heavier than normal discharge yesterday, so they kept me a day longer. My pain has been very minimal. Just feels like really bad cramps. I have only been taking Motrin 800 since yesterday morning(along with GasX). I only used the pump a few times. It made me really sick. I feel MUCH better than I did before surgery. I was so scared going into this and I really found that my fears were not warranted. The worst at this point is the gas. I really wish I had done this sooner. I am look forward to having no more periods, heavy bleeding, accidents and pain.

Here is to a new year and a new life.
Unread 01-06-2007, 10:43 PM
I'm HOME!!!!

My check in was at 5:30 am on Jan 4. Having done the whole bowel prep the day before, I think I had a grand total of 3 hours of sleep.

Surgery was uneventful. I had an epidural and woke to no discomfort. My first words to the recovery nurse - "When can I sit up?"

I was in my room by 11:45 am, but the hospital didn't update the surgery waiting room until 1:30 pm. As I had a diagnosis of endo cancer before surgery, I was almost hysterical thinking the new was very bad and that my DP couldn't face me. (BTW, it wasn't - just the opposite in fact. No Further treatment needed at this time!! )

I took my first walk at 2:30. My worst pain came from my shoulder. I really hurt it trying to keep that IV pole moving. The second night, the PCT switched it to a lighter, better pole and that really helped. Walked alot both days.

And I benefited from my surgeon's kindness today. It was his day off and he was responsible for getting 2 kids to and from events. And there was a playoff game traffic to contend with. He made a special trip into the hospital to share the good path report with me. He's my special angel for today.

It's back to bed for me. Now comes the hard part - explaining to my 12 lb beloved kitty why he can't be in my lap or on my chest.
Unread 01-07-2007, 03:02 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 01-Jan 08,2007

XOXO's to everyone that was there for me through my Dec 28th LAVH. Went too good to be true... I was in at noon and out by 3 in my room by 3:25, cath out within an hour... I was eating lasagna and salad by 5:30 and walking the halls by 6:45 PM. I had a iv in that had meds and saline that was leaking under the skin but not entering the vein so the went ahead and took it out all together since I was in hardly any pain... I have been Upand walking around often because of the chance of stroke and DVthromb in my family is high.
On a pain Scale of 1-10 the most I have been in is maybe a 2 the day after I got home , other than that I have taken nothing but Xtra strength Tylenol.... dreaded having it for months because of the fear of pain but now I see I worried for nothing... Love to You all who helped build my confidence...

PS I cleaned house today so I am well on my way to a full recovery on day 10 but still can't wait till I can go Bowling again....Thanks again Lisa
Unread 01-08-2007, 05:38 AM
It's Over!

I had my TVH/Bladder sling procedure on January 4th. Everyone at the hospital was just great. I was very nervous, and they all went to great lengths to calm my nerves and make my stay as comfortable as possible. My bladder and uterus were prolapsed to the point where I had felt pretty miserable for the last couple years, and intercourse had become completely impossible because of the extreme pain. Everyone, including my doctor, urged me to have this surgery long ago, but I'm a big baby when it comes to hospitals. I finally gave in.

The surgery went well, except that the doctor found something that he wasn't expecting. I was wondering if anyone else had experienced this. He told me that he discovered that my uterus was attached to my small intestine with a thick band of scar tissue. The surgery took about an extra hour so that he could remove all of it, and separate the uterus from the intestine. The only other surgery I've ever had was a tubal ligation in 1977. He's sure that had nothing to do with it, but scar tissue doesn't just form on its own, does it? I'll see him again on Friday in his office. I was still pretty out of it when I talked with him in the hospital.

Anyway, I'm feeling pretty good. I came home the next day. I was able to urinate when the catheter came out with no problems. I didn't have a bowel movement until last night, the third day after surgery, after taking stool softeners to get things moving. I've had some pain, but not anything too bad. I've been taking Vicodin just a couple times a day. I've not been able to sleep more than a couple hours at a time since the surgery. I'm trying really hard to behave, but it's hard for me to sit around doing nothing. My husband went back to work this morning and I'm on my own for a while. Overall, it was not bad at all.
Unread 01-08-2007, 09:03 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 01-Jan 08,2007

I had my surgery on the 5th. I was in the OR for a little over 3 hours. They did find cancer in the edometrial wall, but it was caught early. If the upcoming biopsies show the same thing, I'm done with treatment. They didn't touch my lymph nodes. Did have my ovaries, tubes, and cervix taken out, along with the uterus.

I felt suprisingly good after surgery. I thought it would be much worse. I had little pain. Getting out of bed wasn't that difficult, either.

My main problem was my bladder. After the catheter came out, I could't pee, so they had to put it back in. Took 3 nurses and 2 hours! Everyone agreed that we didn't want to go through this again, so I came home with the catheter. Will get it out at my doc's this morning.

I've been able to walk around OK and being home is working out fine. All in all, this was much easier than I thought it would be.

One weird thing - turns out my grandmother had the exact same thing I did - post menopausal bleeding. Then a polyp discovered, but also endometrial cancer in its early stage.

Unread 01-08-2007, 09:38 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 01-Jan 08,2007

Originally Posted by crafty lady
... The surgery went well, except that the doctor found something that he wasn't expecting. I was wondering if anyone else had experienced this. He told me that he discovered that my uterus was attached to my small intestine with a thick band of scar tissue. The surgery took about an extra hour so that he could remove all of it, and separate the uterus from the intestine. The only other surgery I've ever had was a tubal ligation in 1977. He's sure that had nothing to do with it, but scar tissue doesn't just form on its own, does it? I'll see him again on Friday in his office. I was still pretty out of it when I talked with him in the hospital...
Welcome home Princesses!
Crafty Lady, it sounds like the scar tissue that was found could be an "adhesion". I've seen a number of princesses report the same kind of scar tissue. If you do a forum search for "adhesion", you'll find lots of other related threads.

It's great to hear that you and the other princesses from last week are doing well! Rest, drink lots of water, walk a little, let us know how you're doing and
Unread 01-08-2007, 01:12 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 01-Jan 08,2007

I had a TAH leaving the ovaries on Jan 5th. Everything was very efficient and timely at the hospital. Maybe 15 minutes from arrival to being in the prep area. I was already loopy by the time I went into the operating room so don't remember that at all. Doc found that my uterus was pretty much welded to the parteniam of the stomach wall. I was in surgery a little longer than expected because of having to separate this. There was a cyst on one ovary, but doc has no concerns about it. He did remove it and sent it to pathology - results should be back early this week.
I am recovering from this so-o-o much faster than my cesearean. I think it is because the doc did not cut the muscle, just moved it aside. I am taking Ultram for pain and it is working well.
Just took a shower and did stairs so it is time to go back to my snuggly place and take a nap!

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