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Unread 05-25-2002, 07:14 PM
Calling all serious singers/HysterSisters

Thanks Tilos- your post was a great help to me! I am expecting a vertical incision. You had your surgery so recently - how long were you in the hospital? I hope you continue to feel better and better as the days go on. Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

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Unread 05-25-2002, 09:41 PM
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Hi Didi. It's been awhile since I sang seriously but I did when I was younger. Nowadays it's just out of pure enjoyment. I can say that while my voice did change when I had my first baby 12 years ago (I went from a 1st soprano to 2nd soprano and can sing alto now as well) I have seen no effect from the hyst other than a temporary reduction in lung capacity which lasted maybe 3 or 4 weeks post surgery. Normally I can sustain a note for about a minute or so but for a while there I couldn't last more than about 20 seconds and I was really concerned about it, but things are back to normal now! I assume that was a side effect of the anesthesia more than the hyst. So, if you notice a little shortness of breath following your surgery don't panic, things will return to normal with time. Good luck with your hyst!
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Unread 05-27-2002, 05:29 AM
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Hey Didi,

I am now 1 week post-op, and I still have my range. I am still rather sore in the abdomen area, so holding a note and doing crescendos(SP) is not easy. Other than that, I do not think that there will be a problem once the diaphram(SP) area is healed. I will keep you posted as the weeks move along. When is your surgery?

I can say that I knew a month and a half before my trip to the Castle, and I used that time to get into physical shape. I believe that has helped as well.

I sure hope all goes well with you, but I believe that you will do very well and bounce back and shattering glasses in no time!!!

Again, I will let you know as the weeks progress!
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Unread 05-27-2002, 09:46 AM
Calling all serious singers/HysterSisters

Wow- I had never thought of the hormone changes affecting your voice. I have been singing for years. Now I just sing at our church but always have been serious about it. I am almost 3 weeks post op and hope and pray it doesn't affect my voice. I sang for the past two weeks and haven't noticed anything different other than just being plain wore out. I am also on HRT so maybe it won't. I will keep checking these posts to keep informed.
Unread 03-06-2003, 08:28 PM
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I thought it would be appropriate (7 months later) to tell anyone doing a search regarding singing what my outcome thus far has been.

I didn't have any problems regarding vocal changes or vocal problems. I did not have my ovaries removed. My range has remained the same. I went in a soprano and came out a soprano.

I was intubated and had a bit of a runaround when trying to speak with the anesthesiologist prior to the day of surgery. The surgeon balked when I told him that someone had suggested an epidural/spinal for my particular surgery. It turned out to be a long surgery and could not have been done as an epidural/spinal because of complications.

I was only able to speak to the anesthesiologist right before being wheeled into the operating room. She pretty much told me that they would not insert a smaller tube down my throat (that's what singers are advised to ask for) because I needed the adult size tube in order to breathe! She also said that she was very experienced and had intubated thousands and that I was in good hands as opposed to being in the hands of a resident who did not have the experience that she had. She also said that she'd spray my throat with some type of anesthetic and that she was glad that I informed her that I was a singer and that she'd be aware of it.

So... I wish I had been able to speak with the anesthesiologist that was assigned to my surgery prior to that day. And... if you are a singer and know that you will be intubated - do as much research as you can regarding this topic.

The bottom line is that I don't hear or feel any change and neither does my voice teacher - and that is good news and worth thanking God for!


P.S. Interestingly enough one thing that I have to share here has nothing to do with my range but rather the removal of my uterus. I used to feel my enlarged uterus (weighed 4+ lbs.) because it was such a big mass. When it was removed it felt odd to sing - taking in my breath without that mass! I had to adjust to THAT feeling (or lack thereof) believe it or not! That never crossed my mind prior to the surgery because I hadn't realized how "weighed down" that mass had made me feel until it was removed!

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