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New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question. New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

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Unread 11-30-2011, 07:33 PM
New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

Hi. I just found this sight on Sunday, a day before my surgery. Wish I would've found it before, but do glad to have found it now. ;0) My question is.... Is it normal for my eyes to be dilated? I cam barely read. I took the nausea patch off that they had put on me because I was extremely sick for 1 1/2 days. I thought that may have caused this. I am a little worried about this. Had this happened to anyone else after surgery? The pain from the surgery isn't that bad, but my shoulders really bother me with the gas issues. I hope this dilation thing is normal. Thank you in advance and thank you for this wonderful site. Jodi
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Unread 11-30-2011, 10:49 PM
Re: New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

I am not sure if my vision issues were related to eye dilation but I did have a great deal of trouble reading in the first few weeks due to fuzzy vision. Maybe an effect of the anesthetic? If it keeps going, I'd check with your doctor.
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Unread 11-30-2011, 10:56 PM
Re: New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

Weird that I remember this....nurse told me not to touch your eyes after taking off your anti-nausea patch as the medication in the patch can dilate your eyes. She said to take it off with a tissue in your hands, don't touch anything and then wash the site and your hands well.

Hopefully that is it but still check in with your doc.

Hugs!
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Unread 11-30-2011, 11:38 PM
Re: New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

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Originally Posted by BonJodi View Post
Hi. I just found this sight on Sunday, a day before my surgery. Wish I would've found it before, but do glad to have found it now. ;0) My question is.... Is it normal for my eyes to be dilated? I cam barely read. I took the nausea patch off that they had put on me because I was extremely sick for 1 1/2 days. I thought that may have caused this. I am a little worried about this. Had this happened to anyone else after surgery? The pain from the surgery isn't that bad, but my shoulders really bother me with the gas issues. I hope this dilation thing is normal. Thank you in advance and thank you for this wonderful site. Jodi
My anesthesiologist told me that due to the position that your body is in during the surgery (almost hanging upside down) that all the blood rushes to your head and puts pressure on your eyes. You might experience some eye problems afterwards and your eyes may be puffy too. Call you doctor and let him/her know what is going on with your eyes.
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Unread 11-30-2011, 11:51 PM
Re: New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

Pupil dilation IS a known side effect of scopolamine (the medication in the anti-nausea patches). If it doesn't resolve fairly quickly I'd call and mention it to your DR.

Best wishes for a smooth recovery!

s,
-Linda
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Unread 12-01-2011, 07:06 AM
Re: New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

Yep, it could be you got some of the medicine in the patch in your eye. It will definitely dilate them. You may also have some fuzzy vision for awhile due to the anesthesia. It was probably a month before I could read again. Watching TV was fine, but if I tried to pick up a book....it just wasn't happening.

Good luck to you and hope you have a swift and smooth recovery!!!
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Unread 12-01-2011, 09:38 AM
Re: New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

Hi everyone. Thank you for your replies. They were very helpful. I did call him this morning and he said that it was probably from the patch. It is actually better today. He also said he moved up my apt. to this Monday instead of the normal 2 weeks. He asked if someone could bring me. My papers say I can drive after 48 hours, so I don't know why I can't go myself. I did have excessive bleeding during
surgery, so had run blood tests on me besides the normal pathology tests. I guess if something was wrong he would see me now, I just don't know why he changed my apt. Does your stomach stay bloated for a long time? I guess not having a bowel movement for days doesn't help either. Thank you very much. All of you. Have a great day! :0)
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Unread 12-01-2011, 09:52 AM
Re: New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

I am also so glad to hear about the blurry vision. I am 20 days post op. I have been wondering why reading is so blurry. How long will it last? Do they have to turn you "practically upside down" when they to a TAH? I have a vertically cut up to my belly button. Nothing was mentioned about the method of going about it.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 10:53 AM
Re: New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

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Does your stomach stay bloated for a long time? I guess not having a bowel movement for days doesn't help either. Thank you very much. All of you. Have a great day! :0)
For some women, the "swelly belly" does last quite awhile. And some have noticed that the more they do, the more it swells. I personally experienced swelly belly for 5 months after surgery. I haven't had it in a while now.
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Unread 12-03-2011, 12:40 PM
Re: New, just had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and have a question.

I am so glad to find this post. I am a little over 24hours out from surgery and my vision is very blurry, especially on the side where the patch was. I was beginning to think that I needed to figure out how to get my eyes examined quickly. I guess I'll wait a few more days and hope it gets better.
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