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Unread 12-06-2015, 08:52 AM
Organ placement post hysterectomy

So I've looked at diagrams and even read on a few sites about how after hysterectomy your internal organs shift downwards to fill the space. I understand that but then I've also read that it can change your body shape and how you look (distended belly ect). Is this true? What has been others experiences?
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Unread 12-06-2015, 04:09 PM
Re: Organ placement post hysterectomy

Surgery, especially major, can be scary! Thankfully, there are sites like this that can help weed out the falsehoods and give us correct information!

But as to whether or not you will have a "saggy" belly depends on a lot. The type of surgery, how active you were before, how active you are after FULL recovery, and body type in general.

There are sites out there that describe it changing bone structure, muscles, and other scary scary things! It is FALSE!

YES, your bowels and other organs do shift and fill the empty space, but the stomach muscles remain, and depending on the type of surgery, with very little damage. There will be swelling, and a puffy belly for quite a long time after, but with time, and as you get back into shape (unless you are like me and surf the couch. ) those muscles will once again firm up and hold things they way they were.

I won't lie, yes, complications can happen, but it isn't the common result. And in most cases, as long as you take the FULL amount of time to recover and do exactly what your doctor says, then complications are much less likely to happen.

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Unread 12-07-2015, 07:59 PM
Re: Organ placement post hysterectomy

Hi Redirish86 -

Be careful with what you read online. There is lots of misinformation out there.

I had a TAH BSO, and my body shape is the same. Of course, I do not have as flat of tummy as I did when I was 25, but that is strictly age and not the surgery.

Initially after surgery, I had swelly belly. That is very typical. But, that was mostly gone after about 12 weeks, but could return if I pushed too hard. It took about 6 months before I could wear all of my pre-surgery clothing without issue.

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Unread 12-23-2015, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by marestail View Post
Hi Redirish86 -

Be careful with what you read online. There is lots of misinformation out there.

I had a TAH BSO, and my body shape is the same. Of course, I do not have as flat of tummy as I did when I was 25, but that is strictly age and not the surgery.

Initially after surgery, I had swelly belly. That is very typical. But, that was mostly gone after about 12 weeks, but could return if I pushed too hard. It took about 6 months before I could wear all of my pre-surgery clothing without issue.

12 weeks?! And 6 months before you could wear your pre-surgery clothing?! I've been working SO hard for a flat tummy! And am about to start PiYo until my surgery date, only to have it taken away by swelly belly! OH NO! Is swelly belly as common with DaVinci as with a TAH?
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Unread 12-23-2015, 10:32 AM
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12 weeks?! And 6 months before you could wear your pre-surgery clothing?! I've been working SO hard for a flat tummy! And am about to start PiYo until my surgery date, only to have it taken away by swelly belly! OH NO! Is swelly belly as common with DaVinci as with a TAH?
Anything you can do to strengthen your abdominal muscles before surgery, PiYo included, will aid you in your recovery. The benefits of the work you do before surgery are not "taken away."

"Swelly belly" doesn't seem to discriminate by surgery type. It also varies in degree from woman to woman. Mine didn't go away completely until about 12 weeks, but for the last four it was only apparent in that I needed to pop the waistband button on my pants open in the evenings.
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Unread 12-23-2015, 10:34 AM
Re: Organ placement post hysterectomy

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Originally Posted by Redirish86 View Post
So I've looked at diagrams and even read on a few sites about how after hysterectomy your internal organs shift downwards to fill the space. I understand that but then I've also read that it can change your body shape and how you look (distended belly ect). Is this true? What has been others experiences?
The average uterus is about the size and shape of a pear. It not as if there's this great, huge gaping space to fill. Mostly my intestines seemed to shift around a bit.
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Unread 12-23-2015, 10:46 AM
Re: Organ placement post hysterectomy

I asked my surgeon about the intestines dropping and he looked at me like I was mad. For my hyster he did some procedure (forgot what he called it) to keep things where they were so I have no shifting and no descended belly. In fact I am flatter than before surgery as the prolapsed organs caused swelling. I couldn't do ab work prior to surgery do to injury and have just started.
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Unread 12-23-2015, 10:48 AM
Re: Organ placement post hysterectomy

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Originally Posted by Beebomb View Post
I asked my surgeon about the intestines dropping and he looked at me like I was mad. For my hyster he did some procedure (forgot what he called it) to keep things where they were so I have no shifting and no descended belly. In fact I am flatter than before surgery as the prolapsed organs caused swelling. I couldn't do ab work do to injury and have just started.
There's a commonly used procedure in which the surgeon reattaches the ligaments that formerly supported the uterus to the top of the vaginal vault to hold it up. :-)
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Unread 12-23-2015, 10:49 AM
Re: Organ placement post hysterectomy

Ya I just don't remember the name...
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Unread 12-23-2015, 10:54 AM
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Ya I just don't remember the name...
Uterosacral ligament suspension?
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