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What should I expect with my tummy? Is there a lot of post-op weight gain? What should I expect with my tummy? Is there a lot of post-op weight gain?

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  #11  
Unread 03-02-2012, 09:12 PM
Re: What should I expect with my tummy? Is there a lot of post-op weight gain?

no problem,i'm till trying to get back to normal.mostly mental,now.i just didnt like now even though i kept ovaries i still am not like before surgery.but i guess i'l keep on keeping on.
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Unread 03-15-2012, 11:49 AM
Re: What should I expect with my tummy? Is there a lot of post-op weight gain?

Most of you mentioned your stomach larger right after the surgery. Mine was just the opposite. I had a vaginal hysterectomy 12-30-12 and since I have started exercising again about three weeks ago, my stomach has gotten larger, my pants are tighter and my stomach itches! I was curious whether it is "swelly belly" or just weight gain? I still have my ovaries and am 45 years old. Anyone else have this problem? And I had the surgery because of fibroids.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 01:24 AM
Re: What should I expect with my tummy? Is there a lot of post-op weight gain?

It's probably swelly belly due to increased exercise/activity. I am 4 weeks post-op tomorrow. My belly was not too swollen for the first couple of weeks. Since I have started doing more (I have been working part time since week 3), my belly starts out pretty flat in the mornings, but by afternoon/evening its pretty swollen! It's very aggravating since I have actually lost 10 pounds since surgery. I hope it gets better soon. I was working out before surgery but have not been cleared to resume my work-outs yet. Good luck to you!
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Unread 03-16-2012, 11:13 AM
Scared and Very Nervous

I am 39 and I am scheduled for my hysterectomy July 10 due to fibroids that are 22 weeks. I have no idea what to expect in terms of my body after my surgery or what things I can do to prepare my body for surgery. Seems as if the more paper work I complete the more scared I am. This will be my first time in the hospital and I am totally afraid of needles. I found this web site last night and I am so happy that there are others who have questions, and concerns.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 12:48 PM
Re: What should I expect with my tummy? Is there a lot of post-op weight gain?

I haven't had time to read all of the posts. I will say this.

I had TAH on 8/3. Yes, I had major swelling and still have some when I workout and its been 7 months. With DvH, it might not be as bad. Don't worry about it.

As for weight gain. You only put on weight after a hysterectomy because you aren't as active as before. If you don't work off the calories you intake, you will put on weight and that is going to happen without ever having surgery. Don't worry about it if you put on some weight. When you have completely healed (6-12 months), yes, I said 6-12 months, you can then focus more on weight loss. Remember, the less invasive surgeries just leave smaller scars. you don't heal internally, any faster than a TAH. Don't worry about it. The gym or whatever will still be there. I worried myself sick over this and found that it didn't matter after my surgery. I was focused on healing and feeling better.

Don't push things. It will just slow down the healing.

Sometimes, women can have thyroid problems and that can cause weight gain but before you rush off to the doctor and blame hormones, look at what you consume daily compared to how much you exercise. Walking, even power walking for an hour-1:30, only burns about 500 calories. That's a lot of walking for that small amount when you could just not have eaten that order of fries, chips, mocha latte, or that large serving of a healthy food. Yes, even healthy foods can cause weight gain. Its all about portion control. Just because its healthy doesn't mean you can eat 4 servings. lol

Just try not worry. It will be fine. Having 6-12 months of inconvenience is well worth a better quality of life from now on.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 12:54 PM
Re: Scared and Very Nervous

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I am 39 and I am scheduled for my hysterectomy July 10 due to fibroids that are 22 weeks. I have no idea what to expect in terms of my body after my surgery or what things I can do to prepare my body for surgery. Seems as if the more paper work I complete the more scared I am. This will be my first time in the hospital and I am totally afraid of needles. I found this web site last night and I am so happy that there are others who have questions, and concerns.
Hi animeonly. Welcome to hystersisters. I found this web site the night after I was told I needed surgery. I had never had any type of surgery either. July? Wow that's a long time to wait. The waiting is absolutely the hardest part. You should do things and spend time with friends and family that make you happy. Exercise prior to your surgery will definitely make you stronger which will help with recovery. No-one recovers at the same rate. You should carefully follow your doctors instructions concerning any pre-op exercise and post-op recovery and don't be tempted to overdo.

What type of surgery are you having? Laproscopic? robotic? abdominal? That somewhat does affect the recovery time with some. No-one recovers at the same rate so don't let any of these posts concern you. Don't worry too much about the surgery. I had excellent care from my doctor and at the hospital.

Take care and spend some time on this web site. We are here for you and totally understand what you are going through. I'm wishing you an easy surgery and speedy recovery. HUGS
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Unread 03-16-2012, 01:10 PM
Re: Scared and Very Nervous

Oh, I suggest to lurk in the pre-op threads. The post-op thread will just scare the crap out of you. Its great for women who have issues after the surgery and need questions answered. Some of their concerns are absolutely a normal part of the healing process but wasn't old. Or some need a place to have some cyber hugs because their surgery didn't go well. Its not all doom & gloom but some things will make you worry unnecessarily.

Most women recover just fine as long as they do what they are told. Stay on this site and you will learn things that doctors tend to overlook telling their patients.

We are here to try to ease your anxiety as much as possible. But keep in mind, this is major surgery (that's reality) and treat it that way no matter how good you feel afterward.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 03:53 PM
Re: Scared and Very Nervous

abdominal is what my doctor is going with due to size and location. Thank you all.... I feel the mental stress lessening .
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