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Unread 10-19-2015, 10:49 PM
Upcoming total vaginal hysterectomy 10/22: Need advice please - what can I expect... Freaking Out!!!

Hi I am totally freaking out. Thursday is the big day for me. I am having a TVH/BSO. I am going to be 55 next month and I am post menopausal....I didn't know I had even gone through menopause, as I had such bad bleeding issues. They found lots of polyps and one was the size of a baseball. They did a hysteroscopy, using the myosure procedure, in Sept. and now 5 weeks later a Hysterectomy. I feel like such a big baby. I just want to sit down and cry, but I am afraid I won't stop.

I am a need to know girl, and I don't know what to expect..... hospital stay, pain, meds, recovery, stairs...... I am a mess.....How long will I be recovering?

I have searched here for anyone who has gone through the same but the post are mostly for TAH. Please if anyone can share their story with me about what it will be like before, during and after..... I would forever be thankful.
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Unread 10-20-2015, 12:03 AM
Re: NEED ADVISE PLEASE ON A TOTAL VAGINAL HYSTERECTOMY.......what can I expect.... Freaking Out!!!

Wow....you don't have much time to freak out!!! Hopefully I can help you out a little. I'm 61 and post menopausal and had a RAVH/BSO in august. Even though my surgery was mostly done through the abdomen, all my organs were removed through the vagina. The only real difference in the end is that my vaginal cuff was sewn from inside my abdomen and yours will be sewn inside the vagina. With a total vaginal all the work of cutting and removing organs is done through the vagina itself, with no abdominal incisions. Because of this, the vagina is held open during the whole procedure and may create more "trauma" to the vagina. The end result is pretty much the same, but you may have more vaginal swelling and pain. Regardless of the method, the removal of these organs causes A LOT of pelvic trauma with the ensuing swelling and inflammation in that region. In my case I had 4 one inch incisions in my upper abdomen for the robotic instruments and since I've never had children my vagina was smallish and I had some perineal sutures much like when there is an episiotomy with childbirth. The main amount of suturing is done on the vaginal cuff where the cervix meets the uterus. The cervix is removed and the top of the vagina is sewn like the toe of a tube sock to close off the vagina. This is also the place that needs to heal the most, hence the 4-6 week recovery. I was out of work for 6 weeks. I can't really say I had a lot of pain, but I did have a lot of discomfort and could only sit up for 3-4 hours for the first few weeks. Because of the swelling and inflammation some women experience "upset" of the bowels or bladder (or both) because of their proximity. For me BM's literally felt like they would come out the vagina, even though they didn't. That lasted for about 6 weeks, gradually decreasing in discomfort. Also there is the sensation of a stuck tampon because of swelling. And also I had the tenderness of the perineal sutures. I didn't have much bladder issues, maybe an occasional spasm and a weak stream, which also improved with time.
I know this all sounds pretty gruesome, but I have to say the anticipation anxiety was worse than the actual surgery. I took narcotic pain meds for two days and then prescription ibuprofen religiously for the first 3 weeks. You're encouraged to walk and drink plenty of fluids to help wash the anesthesia out of your system. This also helps with constipation. Plan on taking stool softeners and have laxatives and ibuprofen on hand in case you need them. Most days I was up and around and I was able to drive after 1 week. I'm single and I didn't need any help at home, but had people on call if I needed them. Any kind of strenuous activity, that includes pushing pulling twisting, is a no-no, because it jeopardizes the healing of the vaginal cuff. (no mopping, vacuming , etc...) Walking and stairs are okay, just be sure to take stairs slowly and hold the rail so you don't fall.

There is a thread at the top of the prehysterectomy forum that offers all kinds of hints. And also there are many articles to read on this site.

One tip I read that was really helpful was to plug in a power strip before you go to the hospital and put it in a convenient place so you can plug in a heating pad, etc... and not have to bend over and reach behind furniture to plug something in. I also used a grabber and a 32 ounce Bubba thermal mug for my cold beverage so I didn't need to keep getting up and down for a drink. I only had to fill it twice a day.
At the hospital I didn't take much: phone, tablet, throat drops, lip balm, toothpaste and wet wipes. I wore loose clothing in with my birkenstocks and wore the same things home. I stayed over night and went home the next day.

That's my long winded story--I'm sure others will stop by. Feel free to ask any questions. I'm praying you have a good surgery and uneventful recovery like I did. --Lynne
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Unread 10-20-2015, 05:52 AM
Re: NEED ADVISE PLEASE ON A TOTAL VAGINAL HYSTERECTOMY.......what can I expect.... Freaking Out!!!

(((tracyjayne)))

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Unread 10-20-2015, 01:24 PM
Re: NEED ADVISE PLEASE ON A TOTAL VAGINAL HYSTERECTOMY.......what can I expect.... Freaking Out!!!

Thank you Lynn..... I am so nervous, and your post helps me so much. For me it is so much better to know than just to let my mind wonder around wildly...... The funny thing for me is I just realized I didn't even think about toothpaste....LOL!!! I am glad to hear I might not be down for long. I am not much of a sitter....
Thank you again !
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Unread 10-20-2015, 03:01 PM
Re: Upcoming total vaginal hysterectomy 10/22: Need advice please - what can I expect... Freaking Out!!!

Hi Tracyjayne! I had a hysterectomy yesterday afternoon. I am sitting at the bar in my kitchen drinking tea and feeling pretty darned ok. I was terrified about the pain and the down time when I learned that I needed a hysterctomy. I just don't feel that bad at all. Last night was really uncomfortable from my full and bruised bladder. Otherwise it feels like really bad period cramps. I am pleasantly surprised at how little discomfort I am having. I know my experience is unique to me, but I just wanted to pass along my story so far and offer a little hope =) I am cheering for you!
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Unread 10-20-2015, 05:37 PM
Re: Upcoming total vaginal hysterectomy 10/22: Need advice please - what can I expect... Freaking Out!!!

Thank you for sharing your story Aaree. It gives me great hope. Did you have a TVH? And did you get to keep your ovaries? Also how long did they keep you in the hospital..... It is great to hear the good stories.... Hope your days are bright and good health continues.
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Unread 10-20-2015, 06:11 PM
Re: Upcoming total vaginal hysterectomy 10/22: Need advice please - what can I expect... Freaking Out!!!

I had a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy. I had both ovaries removed. I had surgery at noon and was released at 6pm. It was planned out patient. It was a tough tough decision to make and I had 2 months to chew on it while waiting for my surgery date. I had fibroids and polyps so bad that my uterus was 3 month pregnancy size. I had dermoid cysts on my ovaries. One of the cysts was 7cm. I had a lot of pain and heavy periods for most of my life. I am 48 years old and had started perimenopause. I was just done with the pain and fatigue. I am looking forward to feeling good! I actually have more energy today than I had going into the surgery. I feel so much better. I am sore but not that horrible fatigued sore I have been for the last 15 years. I know your day is right around the corner. Try to relax and be kind to yourself
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Unread 10-21-2015, 02:52 AM
Re: Upcoming total vaginal hysterectomy 10/22: Need advice please - what can I expect... Freaking Out!!!

I had the almost the same surgery kept my ovaries in July glad your healing up I spent 3night in I have s clott history I walked tones had family and friends pick me up for hour or so and we walked I found my heat magic bag was my best friend helped with the swelling good luck on your recovery I was cleared 3 weeks after to resume life I feel awesome
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Unread 10-21-2015, 04:17 AM
Upcoming total vaginal hysterectomy 10/22: Need advice please - what can I expect... Freaking Out!!!

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Originally Posted by tracyjayne View Post
Hi I am totally freaking out. Thursday is the big day for me. I am having a TVH/BSO. I am going to be 55 next month and I am post menopausal....I didn't know I had even gone through menopause, as I had such bad bleeding issues. They found lots of polyps and one was the size of a baseball. They did a hysteroscopy, using the myosure procedure, in Sept. and now 5 weeks later a Hysterectomy. I feel like such a big baby. I just want to sit down and cry, but I am afraid I won't stop.

I am a need to know girl, and I don't know what to expect..... hospital stay, pain, meds, recovery, stairs...... I am a mess.....How long will I be recovering?

I have searched here for anyone who has gone through the same but the post are mostly for TAH. Please if anyone can share their story with me about what it will be like before, during and after..... I would forever be thankful.
Hi
Don't be afraid I had TVH BSO eight weeks ago. Was in hospital two nights first day on morphine drip and then just on paracetamol for one week and then occasionally for next two weeks. Physio came round day after op and got me walking and up down stairs! Got lots of help at home and took it easy for two weeks. Scheduled nap in the afternoon. By four weeks felt back to normal, so relieved not to have any more bleeding ( had horrid fibroids). Got a bit teary at times but went on Estrodot patch two weeks ago and in very good mood ever since. Also lost a bit of weight ( always a good thing) and now back to swimming and doing a lot of walking to keep fit. Back to the gym in January I think. ( saving money on gym membership).
Chin up - I feel a new woman!
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Unread 10-21-2015, 04:22 AM
Upcoming total vaginal hysterectomy 10/22: Need advice please - what can I expect... Freaking Out!!!

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Originally Posted by tracyjayne View Post
Hi I am totally freaking out. Thursday is the big day for me. I am having a TVH/BSO. I am going to be 55 next month and I am post menopausal....I didn't know I had even gone through menopause, as I had such bad bleeding issues. They found lots of polyps and one was the size of a baseball. They did a hysteroscopy, using the myosure procedure, in Sept. and now 5 weeks later a Hysterectomy. I feel like such a big baby. I just want to sit down and cry, but I am afraid I won't stop.

I am a need to know girl, and I don't know what to expect..... hospital stay, pain, meds, recovery, stairs...... I am a mess.....How long will I be recovering?

I have searched here for anyone who has gone through the same but the post are mostly for TAH. Please if anyone can share their story with me about what it will be like before, during and after..... I would forever be thankful.
Hi
Don't be afraid I had TVH BSO eight weeks ago. Was in hospital two nights first day on morphine drip and then just on paracetamol for one week and then occasionally for next two weeks. Physio came round day after op and got me walking and up down stairs! Got lots of help at home and took it easy for two weeks. Scheduled nap in the afternoon. By four weeks felt back to normal, so relieved not to have any more bleeding ( had horrid fibroids). Got a bit teary at times but went on Estrodot patch two weeks ago and in very good mood ever since. Also lost a bit of weight ( always a good thing) and now back to swimming and doing a lot of walking to keep fit. Back to the gym in January I think. ( saving money on gym membership).
Chin up - I feel a new woman!
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