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Upcoming hysterectomy (10/19) questions on pain management and what to wear Upcoming hysterectomy (10/19) questions on pain management and what to wear

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Unread 10-09-2015, 04:20 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy (10/19) questions on pain management and what to wear

I am optimistic ladies. I struggled for 4 months to see my local OBGYN for pelvic pain but in less than 2 weeks time I went from no consultation to meeting OB, getting CT scan, running Cancer marker labs, seeking 2nd opinion, getting referral & seeing gyn onc today. I now have surgery schedule for 10/19 (10 days away). I have a small watermelon sized complex pelvic mass (as my gyn onc described it as 1 BIG ***** TUMOR!). He believes it is benign due to my younger age of 39 & no familial history to indicate otherwise. The plan is to have TAH & keep at least 1 ovary so I do not go into early menopause. He isn't sure that will happen due to the size of tumor. I may lose both ovaries as well. I have been told I will be cut from above my belly button down to groin. Big incision. I have recovered from 3 c-sections before so I feel like I can handle this. I am not super scared. I think I am in great hands, but I am curious if anyone can share incite into pain control post surgery. I found out in May that I am allergic to NSAIDs & Ibruprophen. My previous sections were managed on high dose IBU & very little oxycodone or Percocet. I am worried about what to expect. 2ndly I am curious about what to wear after surgery. The RNs suggest gowns & not sweats because of the vertical incision & rubbing. What do you ladies have to say about that? Thx in advance for help!
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Unread 10-09-2015, 04:58 PM
Re: Upcoming surgery

Yes, gowns or loose dresses. I wore loose dresses for the first four weeks after surgery because I did not want anything tight touching my incision. I did not wear pants until my fifth week of recovery and I have had no problems. Also, make sure you have a small pillow to place over your stomach for the ride home as you do not want the seat belt to rub against your abdomen.
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Unread 10-09-2015, 05:01 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy (10/19) questions on pain management and what to wear

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To go home, I wore a loose dress as I did not want anything tight touching my incision. Also, make sure you have a small pillow to place over your stomach for the ride home as you do not want the seat belt to rub against your abdomen.
Great suggestions! Never thought about the seat belt & ride home. Thx!!
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Unread 10-09-2015, 06:27 PM
Re: Upcoming surgery

I had a TAH with a 7" vertical incision. I was released from the hospital three days after surgery. While in the hospital I wore hospital gowns because they were convenient for tubes and exams and because I could hand them in for someone else to wash. ;-) I *did* bring my own long-sleeved lightweight bathrobe to put over my gowns for walks around the ward and was glad to have it.

To go home, I wore the same clothes I arrived in: loose pants and a T-shirt. I asked the friend who was driving me home to bring a small, flat pillow to tuck in between the seat belt and my belly.

At home I wore loose pants or shorts (this was in June) and T-shirts. I live in a small apartment, so being able to walk outdoors was highly important to me and a nightshirt wasn't going to cut it. :-)

The only problem I had was that the zipper on my pants extended above the waistband of my underwear, and my staples kept catching in the zipper. I dealt with this by tucking a soft bandanna in between my belly and the zipper.
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Unread 10-09-2015, 07:43 PM
Re: Upcoming surgery- questions on pain management and what to wear

The gals here have given you great advice on what to do. Go for comfort over fashion !

Here is a link to an article that gives an overview on Pain Management:

Pain Management After Surgery

The key, in my humble opinion, may be speaking up in advance to your surgeon so that you can discuss past experiences - and what out what your options will be for both the hospital and at home. And what happened to me - I mentioned my pain med wasn't really helping, so the doctor switched me to something more effective for me. And don't suffer in silence st the hospital. The nurses and staff will try to keep you comfortable but don't be shy about communicating your needs if you are nauseous, achy, etc.

Take care and best of luck for a safe and uneventful surgery.
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Unread 10-09-2015, 07:49 PM
Re: Upcoming surgery- questions on pain management and what to wear

I felt more comfortable in loose dresses and night gowns. Going out in The cold, I wore yoga or stretch pants. The rubbing was not fun. Check with the doc as to,you pain management. I was taking Tylenol along with hydromorphone(dilaudid) . Some took tramadol.
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