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Unread 09-08-2011, 10:59 PM
Pre op and scared

I am 31 and have a robotic assisted hysterectomy scheduled for Sept 26th. I had 1 c section and had LOTS of complications with it. Im terrified now and dont know what to expect. Any advice and/or personal experiences are welcomed!
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Unread 09-08-2011, 11:39 PM
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I'm practically chewing my arm off with nerves, too. (Though I'm not allowed to chew anything after midnight September 12th, so I'll need to figure something else out.) It's just all that unknown, and this part is the worst because it's the absolute LEAST known. I keep reminding myself of the Buddhist saying, "we make the road by walking." However we get through this, we WILL get through this. And it helps me to think about that.
Unread 09-09-2011, 08:19 AM
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I had my surgery on Tuesday. I feel great. Have taken only one pain pill since coming home. I did get very itchy from the morphine pump while in the hospital. That was my only side effect. Stopped using it and the itch went away. I know it is stressful but remember to breath. Remember the reasons for doing the survey. It will make you life better. Try to stay calm and look forward to all the pampering afterwards!
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Unread 09-09-2011, 04:25 PM
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I had my DvH on Sept. 1. It went well.

Keep in mind everyone's surgery is different, but here is my experience:

I did have to do a bowel cleanse (not great, but doable). After signing in at the hospital I was taken back to pre-op. I peed in a cup for the pregnancy test, then got changed into the fashionable gown they gave me. They took my blood pressure and temperature. Inserted the IV (after numbing me first) and gave me an injection of blood thinner. The surgeon came in to see how I was doing, then the anesthesiologist (sp.) came in and gave me a shot of something to relax me (through the IV). Boy did it relax me!!!

Next was the trip to the operating room. Once there I scooted onto the table, was given more good drugs and out I went.

I woke up in recovery and felt like I had a stitch in my side from running. I had five one inch incisions, the one on the farthest left was the once causing the pain (I was told usually there is one incision that hurts worse then the rest because that one is manipulated more). I was given good pain meds and it stopped hurting and became more sore than anything else. I had the leg massagers on (which I really, really liked once I knew what they were - it was a little odd before I knew what it was). My throat was DRY!!! I asked for water, but they would only give me ice chips. Every time I saw the nurse I asked for more ice chips - to the point she would just walk up and give me more. Now, my throat didn't hurt, it just felt dry.

After I got to my room, I was allowed to have water (yeah!!). The nurses were great and kept my water glass filled and asked how my pain was constantly. If I said I was hurting, I got more meds (I didn't have a pain pump). The assistants came and took my blood pressure and temperature every so often. I was able to eat a bit of dinner and got up to go to the bathroom to "wash off". My catheter was removed the next morning and I was allowed to get up and walk. I ate my breakfast and was discharged.

They really kept my pain at an easily managed level (I was just sore). I would suggest bringing a small pillow for your belly. I thought it would be painful, but a little bit of pressure feels really, really good. I used a pillow pet, so my pillow was also cute.

Since being home, I've had good days and not so good days, but they have all been manageable.

Sorry for the long post, but this was my experience with the surgery. Hopefully it helps calm you down to know that, at least my experience, wasn't too bad.

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