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Unread 10-04-2001, 12:32 PM
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I am scheduled for my TAH/BSO on 10/23 with some additional bowel and bladder surgery. Since you have all been there, just wanted your advise on recovery.

I have been getting a lot of people tell me that they know people who after several months are still tired and lacking of energy. Is this true? Can I expect to feel the after effects of this for months? I understand there will be post-op recovery, but I am talking about long term.

Any help you all can supply would be most helpful....

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Unread 10-04-2001, 12:44 PM
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Oh yeah! I am almost 14 weeks post op and still get tired. I went back to exercising at 12 weeks and I my abdomen swells and aches afterwards. I have to leave a day in between workouts. It's a tough recovery, BUT, I have to say that the waiting is the worst part!!!
Unread 10-04-2001, 12:58 PM
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Everyone is telling me the same thing. It has been 13 days since my TAH and ovary removal and while my mind is ready to get on with getting things done, my body will tell me hours later, it is not time yet. My opinion is it will depend on your age, how you felt before the surgery, how long you have been in pain (months or years), and how you take care of yourself after surgery. When I went thru my first surgery for endometriosis and had an ovary removed and chocolat cysts removed twelve years ago, I had been sick for over a year before that and did not go to the doctor. By the time I was admitted to the emergency room, had major surgery, and pushed my recovery because I was alone and needed to get back to work in three weeks, I think I paid for that with problems for about a year afterward. Always tired, still had some pain months and months afterward, and generally felt rotten. This time with the total hysterectomy, I am trying to do what the doctor says, rest for the complete six weeks and take it easy. I have that luxury this time because I have insurance, have a DH and more sense! I would also suggest after about a month and with doctor's approval, start taking some good vitamins . That will help with recovery and energy.
Hope this helps.

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Unread 10-04-2001, 01:50 PM
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I was 28, and in excellent physical condition when I had my TAH, so I really thought I would be completely back to "normal" by 6 or 8 weeks - WRONG!

I still had quite a bit of fatigue, soreness and swelling for about 5 months, especially when I did too much. At 4 months, I thought I was past the worst of it, and decided to stack 50 bales of hay that were delivered. HUGE mistake. That night, I swelled up like a balloon, and could not get out of bed the next day. I felt like someone took a baseball bat to my abdomen.

Most women take 6 months to a year to FULLY recover from this surgery.

I don't want to scare you though. As long as you take it easy, don't do something incredibly stupid like I did, and listen to your body, you will get through this just fine!

Unread 10-04-2001, 06:33 PM
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I kinda feel guilty for saying this, but after about 4 weeks, I felt fine. I stayed out of work for 8 weeks and healed properly. I have more energy now than ever before. My dr. wanted me to add 30 minutes of activity each day while I was recovering (after about 2 wks of rest) which helped build my stamana. I suffered terribly with anemia and didnt have the energy to walk from the car to the house on most days. In order to have the surgery, I had to take iron everyday which I think did the trick. That and also having the surgery really gave me my life back. I know its major surgery and some people recover faster than others. I just decided that I wasnt going to overdo it, but I was going to get out and try to get my energy back. It does take a while (6 months at least) to fully recover. I just hope that I continue to feel this well. My dr. said that I will have to be "sat on" by then. He said he hasnt had many patients who bounced back as fast as I did. Dont know what it is. I had a baby 16 years ago with no pain meds. I was in labor less than 5 hours. Didnt even have a tylenol. I guess my day will come when I cant go and do, but until then, I plan on going full tilt. The Lord has blessed me that is for sure. I hope the same for you!


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