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Unread 03-19-2011, 11:09 AM
Hysterectomy coming up apr 19

Although I have been through numerous surgeries I am so nervous about this one.I am 44 and feel I am too young I am afraid this will age me terribly.I am also scared about the pain and getting my figure back..DR <> in Boca seems like a very capable man and that puts me at ease somewhat..but again I know it is a big surgery and get scared to leave my children..he has offered me a plastic surgeon to do tummy tuck and breast reduction which I mentioned as a joke but I am way too scared to go through it all at once, but I also know I will never want to see an OR unless my life depends on it again.any suggestions? why the bowel prep before robotic surgery?
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Unread 03-19-2011, 12:07 PM
Re: Hysterectomy coming up apr 19

Mine's set for April 7, and I'm 40 and have the same fears as you -- but so many women come back and say its the best thing they ever did for themselves and its actually given them much better quality of life (sex included) than before.

I think the bowel prep is to give them as much room as possible for the camera and to avoid complications afterwards with getting things moving.

It is a big surgery, but it's also very common, so if you're comfortable with your doctor, you are in good shape. The anticipated pain of anything is usually much worse than just dealing with it as it comes. Staying on top of your pain meds is key in keeping it manageable as you heal -- one of the hints I keep reading is to have a notebook where you or family jots everything down so when you're out of it, everyone knows to see when the last meds were taken and when the next round is due.
Unread 03-19-2011, 12:22 PM
Re: Hysterectomy coming up apr 19

thnku I know the anticipation is always worse..good luck to you on yoour surgery pls post when u can!
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Unread 03-21-2011, 09:00 AM
Re: Hysterectomy coming up apr 19

Your story sort of parallels mine! I'm having a TLH on 4/20 and I just turned 45. I am going through a divorce also and I'm so scared that it will age me and no man will find me attractive ever again. I pretty much have to do it now because after the divorce, I won't have any health insurance, so better to get it over with. I'm going to fight to keep at least one of my ovaries.

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