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Unread 02-11-2012, 04:15 PM
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I can tell you this. I have had to tell many of my customers that I was having a hysterectomy because I had to reschedule their appointments. 100 percent (yes 100 percent) of them told me, in different words, that it was the best thing they have ever done. (many used those exact words). They have told me I'm going to wish I had done it years ago. That makes me incredibly confident. I just had mine done on Wednesday, so I'm not to the point of feeling that yet, but I'm sure I will.
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Unread 02-11-2012, 04:30 PM
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My surgery was due to being in the early stage of uterine cancer--I was not feeling bad at all, so I am unlike the other sisters who couldn't wait for surgery to improve their quality of life. I had to had the full abdominal vertical surgery. My recovery was very easy. Sure, I had to take it easy during recovery and had to slowly ease my abdominal muscles back into shape--but it has not been difficult! I agree with the other sisters that many who post need support because we are all individuals and will have different experiences with healing. Good luck to you! This can be a very positive experiene for you!
Unread 02-11-2012, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Inevitable View Post
I've been on this board for a few months and I get depressed each time I read. It seems that the majority never feel quite right after a hysterectomy. They are never really back to normal. Can someone point me to the direction of stories where they had more energy, they were more active, they accomplished more AFTER surgery?

I feel like when I talk to people I have to "promote" why the surgery is good for me. I don't want to lose my hair, have bone loss, have mood swings, etc. but this is all I seem to be reading. My dr. tells me I am crazy ... yet the people on the board say otherwise.

I hope I am not offending anyone because this is not my intention.

What is the balance?
I don't know about this board, but so far every single person I spoke to prior to mine (3 days ago) had nothing but good things to say. Two of my sisters had theirs 1 and 2 years ago and say they have never felt better in their life! I spoke to many women I work with and friends who say they have more energy than they have ever had and that EVERYTHING is better since they had their hystos. I haven't heard one bad thing from anyone who's had one.
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Unread 02-11-2012, 06:49 PM
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I put up with my tri-fecta of misery for almost 2 years. Whenever I went to my GP for another referral for different surgeon and to discuss my reports from specialists he looked at me in the eye during one appointment and said "once you decide to have this done you will wonder why you waited so long". Even at my pre-op appointment the nurse said in a few moths you will feel wonderful she said that she had the same procedure and now felt amazing. I am getting there!
Unread 02-11-2012, 07:00 PM
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I didn't feel terrible before the surgery, so expected that things would not be that much better afterward. Was I ever wrong! I have so much more energy, and I feel amazing. I'm back to everything I was doing before, and more than that, even though I'm only 2 and a half months out. I had been told by friends that I would be so happy to have this done and over with, and that has been so true for me.

I had a great recovery. Yes, I was sore for a few weeks (I still have a tender belly at the end of the day when I've been on my feet all day). Yes, I was tired while I was healing. That was the biggest surprise for me - how much sleep my body required while healing. But, at each step of the way, I felt so much better than I thought I would.

I am so grateful every day for how well I feel and how wonderful my life is!
Unread 02-11-2012, 07:08 PM
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Another success story here! It has only been 7 1/2 weeks for me, but I can't remember how long ago it was that I felt this good! After suffering for years with bouts of severe bleeding and cramping, I am finally free of all that! I honestly feel like a different person, in so many ways. I'll be 50 this year, and for the first time since my 20's, I feel sexy! I used to wear a pad every day, for years, because I never knew when I might start bleeding. Now I don't have to do that, and I bought all new pretty underwear! My husband and I have been together since the age of 18, and I've always loved him so much, but now more than ever. He took such good care of me the first few weeks, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc. It gave me a new-found love and respect for him. I feel closer to him than ever. He can't believe how happy and relaxed I am now. We both love the new me!

I hope your recovery goes as well as mine has. Best of luck to you!
Unread 02-11-2012, 07:39 PM
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I too am a success story! Usually I just post when I see someone struggling with the same issues that I had as I have the most information on that particular type of surgery. I had a VH with cystocele, rectocele and bladder tie. Six weeks later I had a ABSO and Sacrocolpoplexy (tying the vaginal cuff up). I chose to do the total hyst and repairs in two surgeries due to all the repairs. I had the hyst due to abnormal post-menopausal bleeding, and a stage 4 prolapse. I can truthfully tell you that even with all the repairs, two surgeries, and 18 week of a very strick recovery period, I would do it again in a heartbeat! I have my quality of life back, and at 10 months out from the first surgery, I feel great. And by the way, I am 60 years old, but sure don't feel like it! Thousands of women have these surgeries every year and have a very positive outcome. You can find many of these stories here, and I agree that you should stay in the pre-op forums. You will have lots of time to read post-op during your own post-op! Then you will know exactly what we mean, and why the success stories really don't need to post any longer-we just get on with our wonderful new lives! Best wishes to you.
Unread 02-11-2012, 08:46 PM
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Success here as well!!!! I am 4 weeks and 4 days post op da vinci. I feel great....that awful pain I lived with for years is GONE!! Thank you GOD for given my surgeon a skillful hand. I return to work on Monday. I'm a little tired if I go to stores and run errands all day, but I don't even nap in the afternoon anymore! I feel GREAT!!!
Unread 02-11-2012, 08:50 PM
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Inevitable, I am 51/2 weeks post op and although I have had my ups and downs my TVH w/BSO has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I feel better, other than the healing from surgery and to be honest with you I feel prettier than I have in a year. My cycle issues, constant pain and roller coaster hormones were taxing on me physically and emotionally. I have a great doctor who listened to me, understood my tears, Paine and fears and has walked me through my surgery and recovery.
if you are needing a great support group go to the Progress Report thread for Jan 02-Jan 08. these are "my hyster sisters" we have supported one another through the good times and the bad. I think you would be encouraged by our group. I couldn't have recovered as well as I have without each of them.
Unread 02-11-2012, 10:07 PM
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It think sometimes it depends on your attitudes. A positive person will take the experience as a learning and teaching opportunity. As I go through things like the hot flashes, I call them Power surges that can power a neighborhood. Mood Swings aren't fun but afterwards I have to find the humor in some of the things either said or done. Some of the things that I cry over. OMG, I cried b/c one of the Budweiser clydesdales didn't make the cut for the hitch team. i was a mess. Then I cried when he made the team. LOL

As serious as this surgery is, I have to laugh and joke about things otherwise I would get depressed & just totally be miserable and make those around me miserable.

When I told my husband that I was going to have a hysterectomy to said I was going to go get "fixed".

Good luck.

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