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Why does recovery take so long? Why does recovery take so long?

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Unread 12-22-2010, 05:58 PM
Why does recovery take so long?

Hello, does anyone know why recovery takes so very long with hysterectomies? It would be nice to explain to people who are so amazed at how long it takes to recover. ( Ok, I"m one of those people too.) Is it because it involves a lot of tissue needing repair? Or because our body has to adjust to some organs missing?
Curious ....
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Unread 12-22-2010, 08:52 PM
Re: Why does recovery take so long?

You are right, on both, major surgery with organs removed and tissue takes time to heal. I felt better around 6 weeks and took it easy so I would heal good so as not to have any set backs.

Wishing you a speedy and good recovery.

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Unread 12-23-2010, 07:02 AM
Re: Why does recovery take so long?

i am six weeks post op and feeling great, but the body will tell me when i have overdone it.

i always wanted to know of the healing process after a hyster, internally esp. Coming from an embalming background and having seen these body parts myself in bodies, i was wanting to know what kind of healing happens.

I am guessing internal stitches?

I am not feeling up to going to gym, zumba classes or baking cookies but I have been doing alot of shopping and little carrying.
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Unread 12-23-2010, 10:25 AM
Re: Why does recovery take so long?

Because you had major organs removed. Then there are 100's of stitches inside that need to heal. Even if they cauterized parts, that still needs to heal. If you do too much to soon you can cause adhesions or scar tissue to form. So even though you can not see a lot of the healing, your body really needs rest. Best wishes to you!
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Unread 12-23-2010, 05:11 PM
Re: Why does recovery take so long?

Seriously? We have 100's of stitches inside? I didn't know that. I had LAVH, left the ovaries. How did I miss that info.

I'm a little frustrated in that I don't seem to feel a little improvement every day. I feel that same today as I did on Day 5.
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Unread 12-23-2010, 07:04 PM
Re: Why does recovery take so long?

My doctor told me that we have hundreds of internal stitches regardless of the way it's done. He said we are born with our bladders attached to our uterus as well. He said the tiredness comes from the tissue healing and that it can take a full year for everything to be fully healed! When your body is sick and it is healing itself, you generally sleep and rest. That is why we're so tired! I was shocked too!!! But being 5 weeks post op, I'm finally getting it. I go from feeling really good to being completely wiped out - it's crazy!
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Unread 12-23-2010, 07:09 PM
Re: Why does recovery take so long?

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Originally Posted by grapeescape View Post
Seriously? We have 100's of stitches inside? I didn't know that. I had LAVH, left the ovaries. How did I miss that info.

I'm a little frustrated in that I don't seem to feel a little improvement every day. I feel that same today as I did on Day 5.
Hang in there! Week 3 was when I really started feeling noticeably better. Don't overdo it though, you will still get very tired.
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Unread 12-23-2010, 07:58 PM
Re: Why does recovery take so long?

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Originally Posted by grapeescape View Post
Seriously? We have 100's of stitches inside? I didn't know that. I had LAVH, left the ovaries. How did I miss that info.

I'm a little frustrated in that I don't seem to feel a little improvement every day. I feel that same today as I did on Day 5.

I didn't realize that we had hundreds of stitches inside either, until I looked it up on the internet! It would be nice if we were told this before or even after the surgery.

I don't feel improvement every day either & I'm 9 weeks post-op from TVH. I still get tired and have bad days/nights, but my family tells me I"m getting better, they can notice a difference. I guess I'll have to trust them, as I'm feeling somewhat discouraged also. It's kind of a 2 steps forward, 1 step back process, which can be hard to take.

I guess we just need to hang in there, as it makes sense that it takes a long time for hundreds of stitches to heal...
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Unread 12-23-2010, 08:11 PM
Re: Why does recovery take so long?

Yep you have hundreds of internal stitches. I had some kind of mess put in too that kept my organs that were left from adhering to any others & that hurt for a while. There is a lot going on in there. I watched the movie from the Kansas hospital. I am glad I didn't see it before the surgery but was glad to see what went on after.
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