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Unread 09-22-2010, 12:07 PM
Very Nervous. Surgery in one week

I am so nervous about my upcoming surgery. I am having mine done LAVH, but have so many questions!

Do i have to be out to sleep? I read on my sites you can have a spinal, with lap surgery
How much pain will I have?
How does this surgery affect pre diabetes, and asthma?
Is getting in and out of bed painful with LAVH?
I am very afraid of getting blood clots, although i have never had an issue.
Should I keep my cervix? All my paps have been fine!
Will I ge that horrid gas pain? I had my Gallbladder out Laproscopically and did not have that issue.

How many internal stitches do you typically have?
Will i ever feel normal again?
what is up with all this talk on weight gain? Is it the hormones?

I could go on forever!

Thank!
Brenda VERY NERVOUS!
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Unread 09-22-2010, 12:15 PM
Re: Very Nervous. Surgery in one week

I am scheduled for LAVH/BSO on October 1. I will be under general anesthesia. My doctor says I will spend the night, have the Foley catheter removed in the morning, and be discharged as soon as I can void as long as everything else is ok.
I think the pain level varies from person to person. As a nurse, I can tell you that it is very important to stay on top of the pain and not try to be too tough. It is much harder to get pain under control if you let it get bad.
Moving around, eating right, and staying hydrated will help with gas pains and constipation.
I, too, am very concerned about weight gain. Since they are taking my ovaries I will be using hormone replacement (HRT).
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Unread 09-22-2010, 01:19 PM
Re: Very Nervous. Surgery in one week

Hi, I had LAVH on Sept 17th. I'm not to one week post op quite yet. I can understand and relate to your nervousness. I was scared to death. I was put to sleep and I'm so glad becuase I didn't have to be aware of anything. I was scared to be put to sleep because in the past I've been very nauseous from it. The anethesiologist knew about that, so gave me meds to prevent it along with a patch behind my ear that worked for 3 days.

As far as pain goes, I had some pain the first couple days that felt like strong menstrual cramps, but nothing more than that. I mainly have had discomfort that is from the gas they use with laproscopy. Today is the first day, I feel much better from the gas pressure. The pain for me is really minimal and I hope it will be for you too. I'm only taking ibuprofin.

Getting out of bed was a little tough at first, but if you remember to roll to the side first before trying to sit up, it makes it pretty easy really. I thought it was going to be much harder. Just move slowly.

I was scared of blood clots too because I have history of them. They really watch you very close and give blood thinner to prevent it. The Dr told me everyone gets the thinner. I have had no clots from it.

I kept my ovaries so I was told weight gain wont be an issue. My uterus and cervix were removed. I don't know how many internal stitches I have, good question. I hope it all goes well. keep in touch.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 01:43 PM
Re: Very Nervous. Surgery in one week

Hey,
My surgery TAVH with BSO is next Tuesday. I am nervous too. I am now working again on my lists to get everything done. Did you read about the frozen dinners on this site? They look great, I am going to do that on Saturday. Clean, honey do lists, laundry, etc. I think keeping busy will help our nerves. Praying we both do well. This is such a great place to read before and after issues. Thank each of you and God Bless each of you*
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Unread 09-22-2010, 08:08 PM
Re: Very Nervous. Surgery in one week

OMG I am right there with you tagblg! I go in next wednesday the 29th for a LAVH and all day today I keep thinking "how will I be next wed. at this time? I can say that this Wednesday I am freaking out. On top of that having anxiety from the period I am not suppose to be having from Lupron shots. So yea I feel your pain. I just want it over with.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 08:33 PM
Re: Very Nervous. Surgery in one week

I had a TVH on Sept 13th. I was nervous, but just kept trying to focus on the end result, no more problems!!! I debated on the epidural or general. I ended up having the epidural, however they gave me a gas or something, I don't remember anything except getting the epidural looking at the clock, seeing it was 1:00 p.m., then waking up looking up at my husband and my son in my room and it was 5:00 p.m. I chose the epidural with the gas, so they could put pain medication in the epidural to help with the pain management after surgery and the gas so I wouldn't hear them talking or feel anything going on. It all worked great for me.... I came home the next day, was on vicodin until Sunday, then swithced to 800 ibuprofin. I will tell you from Tuesday to Sunday I felt and slept well. Once off the Vicodin, I had alittle more pain than I expected, but nothing that was extreme. Monday and Tuesday of this week were my worst days, today, Wednesday was much better. It is not as bad as we all think it is going to be, or at least it wasn't for me. Good luck and rest rest rest. Take the pain medication as directed, so you stay ahead of the pain. This is not the time to try and be a HERO. Let people help you out if they are available. As far as gas, yeah it does hurt, just drink alot water, walk when the Dr. says you can, take stool softeners, they are wonderful and you will get through it. I promise!!!
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Unread 09-23-2010, 06:11 AM
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I am Diabetic and it didn't slow down my recovery. At my 6 week post-op my GYN said I was all healed internally. I am waiting to hear from my reg Dr. about my A1C for the past 3 mos. I had 3 surgeies during that time so I don't know what the level will show, but post-op it was good each time.
They used leg pumps to help keep the calf muscles moving to help the blood pump while in bed to prevent clots until I was walking around as well as the blood thinner.
I feel a little more tired than usual, but other than that I think I'm feeeling more normal than I have for a long time.
Best wishes to all as their day nears.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 07:06 AM
Re: Very Nervous. Surgery in one week

Hi! I totally understand your fears. I am 6 plus weeks post-op from a LAVH. I had my uterus and cervix removed and kept my ovaries. I was at the hospital a total of 12 hours. I can honestly tell you that my recovery has been great. I was up and walking around the next day. Yes you have pain but for me it was nothing like the horrible pelvic pain I had been living with. The incisions they do with a LAVH are awesome. They hardly bothered me at all. They are very small. The only stitches you have with this type of surgery are at the cuff where the cervix was. I passed 3 of them on Monday. The dr. said they usually just dissolve and don't notice them. I still get very tired but I also have fibromyalgia so that plays a roll in my fatigue. Yes,I was put under and when I woke up I couldn't believe it was over! Now today I am back to doing anything I want with no pain,no anticipation of a period they may last 2 weeks.
This has been my experience. Good luck and I am sending you best wishes and prayers
Hugs,
Jeanie
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Unread 09-23-2010, 07:50 AM
Re: Very Nervous. Surgery in one week

I understand what you are going through. I was a wreck the day of my surgery and I also was worried about the anesthesia. Let me just say that I dont remember anything once I was being wheeled into the OR and they put this med in my IV and then I remember seeing the mask come to my face and that was all. I woke up in some pain and remember hearing myself asking for meds but I don't remember the pain I was actually having. I did get sick and I vomited once or twice close together and that was it. I had never been put under before this time so I too didn't know what to expect. I had a c-section and that was done under epidural and I was awake so i really worried about what to do but was never really given the option on my anesthesia. When I did start coming out of the sleep I can remember that I was told that if you take deep cleansing breaths in through the nose and out of the mouth that the chemicals used to induce sleep will leave your body a little quicker so I did this as often as I could remember without hyperventalating, I think I took about 3 good breaths every 30 mins or so... timing was foggy....anyway I got wheeled to the room and they had me move from my surgery bed back to my room bed all on my own which I wasn't sure I wouldbe able to do but I did. After that I just dozed and talked with family and friends when I could think straight enough. With in a little bit. I was eating ice chips since I had not gotten sick any more. After a few hours they came back in and took out my catheter and I got up within 30 mins of that to go to the bathroom on my own. Then I had to go every hour on the hour seemed like because I was so dry in the mouth and then I was hooked to an IV. I drank water ALOT. For supper I had a lovely broth and other liquids. Then the next morning they finally unhooked me from my iv cause it was starting to mess up anyway, and I took a walk up and down the hall there. I was never so happy to be able to do that! Then I was released to go home. SO I had surgery on Thursday AM at 7:30 and was home in my recliner by 11:30 Friday. I really didn't have alot of gas pain nor did I have much bleeding at all. It was barely pink. The only set back I had was Monday AM early, I woke up sick and threw up but I think I had eaten something that didn't set well with me. I just got back on bland diet and i am doing well for now. I am now 6 days post op and just taking it easy and following how I feel. I had my pastor there with me as well as my husband and my inlaws. But most of all my God was there and he had sent me all kinds of angels to see me through it. I had one lady who was an assistant or something and she came in to put on those leg compressors and she was talking to me, and she was telling me the Lord was with me and she could tell I had gaurdian angels all around me at that time and I could just feel it. Then as she saw me rolling to the OR she stopped them and took my hand and told me to be blessed. I just know that life is full of scary things and the unknown is the worst but just know that when you look at the big picture you will be fine in the end. God Bless! Sorry this was so long but I know when I was pre op and looking at posts I took comfort in the longer posts that explained things.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 08:03 AM
Re: Very Nervous. Surgery in one week

Thank you so much for sharing. You are so sweet. Good luck to you as you recover and remember, you are still healing. My LAVH with BSO is scheduled in 5 days and counting. I know every piece of information does us good. I too will have the support of my family and angels. God has given me peace, however, the closer it gets I am reminded of reality. I have a lot of pain today and I think that is also a great thing to know this isn't going to try and rule my life anymore** Have a blessed day sister.
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