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Unread 03-13-2012, 07:55 PM
A bit of a sensitive subject


I am kind of embarrassed to ask this question....but since we are all have been or going through it, i will go ahead and ask it....

When that 'time' comes for the bowel movements....and if you have had the abdominal hysterectomy and I am beginning to realize that you basically use your abdominal muscles for a lot, How do you wipe? Do u have someone help or do u carefully do it?

I told u it was a sensitive subject and an embarrassing one....it is not one i would ordinarily think of, but it is out there......

i am guessing one of the cats felt my discomfort asking and is now on my lap....

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Unread 03-13-2012, 09:11 PM
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Ah, thank goodness for our cats, always there to comfort us!

I didn't have an abdominal hysterectomy, mine was vaginal. But I didn't really have any particular troubles wiping. I suggest buying moist flush able wipes. They will help you feel cleaner.
Unread 03-13-2012, 10:28 PM
Re: A bit of a sensitive subject

I am having a vaginal also, and my dr told me I will be on Miralax (she started me now, a week before hand) for awhile afterwards so I won't have to strain. I would imagine wiping won't be too difficult.
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Unread 03-13-2012, 10:55 PM
Re: A bit of a sensitive subject

Hey Bookfan, Had a TAH on the 5th, and haven't had a problem with "wiping". The disposable wipes are great, but I can't see flushing money down the toilet..pun intended. But then again, I'm cheap. You should be just fine, I was up and walking the next morning of my TAH,..but then again,..I was stubborn and got myself released on the 6th too. Good luck
Unread 03-14-2012, 05:37 AM
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I am scheduled for TAH, but I also had abdominal surgery years ago for a ruptured ectopic. Here's what I remember: BMs were actually not as hard as I thought they would be, wiping was fine, urinating after the cath came out stung a little, and showers were heaven! The warm water felt so good on the incision! I had a bikini cut, and I hope they use the same one to go back in this time. The worst part for me was coughing and then a week after, straining because I got constipated due to painkillers (drink LOTS of water, eat oatmeal and oranges...helps A LOT). Staples didn't even hurt, actually. They tickled getting removed, but that's all. The stomach is tender for a while - I had to get granny-type undies to wear for a few weeks because waistbands in that area just plain hurt...but overall, it was much easier than I thought it would be. Hope this time is, too - for me and for you!
Unread 03-14-2012, 06:02 AM
Re: A bit of a sensitive subject

I had an abdominal hysterectomy and had absolutely no problem at all "wiping". It is likely that on day 2 you will be up out of bed sitting on a chair and walking to and from the loo yourself and able to attend to your own toilet needs.

My problem during week one was constipation but I got that sorted with a natural stool softener.

Hopefully one less thing for you to worry about.

Very best wishes,

Unread 03-14-2012, 08:10 AM
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I wiped same as always, they only excreted my organs from my vagina, surgical site was only on my abdominal area, but I had the di Vinci robot. I did need stool softner an miralax for 2 weeks after the surgery. Tomorrow I'll be my 5 week post op and I am still taking a stool softner each day.
Best of luck to you!
Unread 03-14-2012, 08:28 AM
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I've had 3 c-sections (I think the incision is similar). I never had trouble pooping (I did take Metamucil to prevent problems though) or wiping. What was harder for me was getting on and off the toilet. I had to have my husband help me back up a few times that first week. Our toilets are pretty low.

What I found to be the most taxing on my abdominals after my c-sections was getting up and down...off of chairs, the bed, the toilet, etc. And that got way easier after day 5. I also found it hard to raise my arms up to wash my hair and had to have my husband's help in the shower those first 5 days.
Unread 03-14-2012, 08:51 AM
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I had a TAH and had no trouble wiping from day one. I did buy the disposable wipes from the Hyster Sister store to clean myself each day because I wasn't allowed to take a bath or get water down there too much due to not getting anything in the vagina. I had my cervix removed and vaginal cuff created so was prevented from taking a bath, douching or getting water up in the vagina. Showers are just fine. I used the tush wipes to wipe the tush and the feminine wipes for vaginal/ urethral area. Then followed up with a wet paper towel. I'm on my 9th week after surgery and no infections of any kind, so my method seems to have worked well.
Unread 03-14-2012, 09:29 AM
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It was hard getting up and down, out of bed, chair etc. for a good week with me. Two days ago I had a hard time getting out of bed and I am into my 4th week. I think I must have over did it the day before with bending, standing, walking etc. felt like I was at my 2 week mark. It is worth not overdoing or we do end up paying.

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