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Unread 09-09-2011, 01:55 AM
New with questions

Im having a V hysterectomy - do they shave 'down there' ? Do we need to have medication to 'empty bowels' the day before ? (Maybe in america its different?) And will i be able to help at home with 'light duties' once im home, as so many women say different things ? Thanks, very confused and a little nervous. Marilyn.
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Unread 09-09-2011, 08:15 AM
Re: New with questions

Hi, I had a vaginal hysterectomy. for me they did not shave down there. You will not feel up to helping with even light duties until maybe your 3rd week. I literally slept the first week. The second week I stayed awake for a bit longer and by the 3rd week I felt more like myself but still tired.
Unread 09-09-2011, 01:18 PM
Re: New with questions

Hi there! Whether they shave or not depends on your doctor and surgery team. One line of thinking about that (I'm in the US so might be different) is that shaving actually causes more of a risk for infection than not shaving. That's a question for your doctor. Your doctor should also be able to answer the other questions for you, as there are no black-and-white answers to any of them! LOL! Sorry. The only bowel prep I personally have been instructed to do is a fleet's enema the night before, and then nothing to eat after midnight the night before and only water to drink until four hours before surgery. But again, it's different for a lot of people, depending on the doctor/hospital policies.

Recovery is another thing that's impossible to predict! Some women feel well enough to do light duties a week or less after surgery, and for some it takes longer. Ask your doctor what he (she) recommends, but the most important aspect is to listen to your body afterward. You will know when you are ready for more activity or when you should take it a bit easier.

Best of luck to you!! Keeping you in my thoughts!
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Unread 09-18-2011, 08:05 PM
Re: New with questions

My surgery is getting closer, i have more blood tests this week. And im starting to feel very uncertain about coming home to the kids and hubby, but not doing anything ! I am lucky my hubby can do everything i do, sometimes even better :-) so i know all will be well until his 1 week off work ends and im on my own with 4 kids. I guess my older kids will have to help out with the younger 2, but even that sounds stressful :-( My poor hubby is going to be so tired after a 9 hour work day, then coming home to face us all. We both may need the pain medication by the time im up to all the house work and kids activities again.
Anyway, i have my reaching arm/stick, i have purchesed a cuddly pet pillow to support my belly area, and i have added the toilet wipes (as suggested by a hystersister as being very handy for keeping 'down there' clean and fresh) to my shopping list of things i need for hospital. I also have a good book put aside, and got comfy trackies to wear while im sore. So i think im getting my head into it ? 9 days to go !!! Keep smiling.
Unread 09-19-2011, 04:31 AM
Re: New with questions

I had a TAH/BSO 3 weeks ago. In New Zealand it seems we do not do bowel prep. (I asked, having read so much about it here!) so maybe it is not done in Australia either.

Probably, though, it wouldn't be a bad idea to be sure you do have a good "clean out" beforehand, if you'll pardon my grossness! I do so naturally on a daily basis and nerves made sure of that anyway!
BUT - you probably will not have BM for a day or two at least after surgery, so if you have not had one before surgery you MAY have trouble going later and may need a suppository or enema for your first post-op. BM.
I did not have a BM till day 4, and despite having taken stool softeners in the hospital, I had two days of constipation that was really unpleasant. All fine ever since, though.

I'm thinking bowel prep. might be a good thing, now, to be sure your bowel is really empty before surgery!!
Unread 09-19-2011, 10:14 AM
Re: New with questions

Your doctor will determine if they shave you or not. In all the literature I read it said not to shave yourself (due to potential infections). My doctor has me doing the bowel prep and also told me to use a medicated douche tomorrow. I will be having a DaVinci so everything will be pulled out through the vaginal canal, but I will have small incisions in my abdomen. My hysterectomy is for endometriosis. Best of luck to you!

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