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Unread 05-27-2002, 09:40 PM
Overweight Women

Anyone overweight had a tah with ovaries out. I'm worries about the things that they put on your legs after surgery fitting me. Has anyone had experience with this?

Also, I'm having a vertical incission due to it "healing better". Any experience?

Due to stage 1 cancer, I'm not a candidate for hormone replacement but I'm told that my weight will be in my favor as estorgen is stored in fat cells and I won't need hormones. Any experience?
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Unread 05-27-2002, 10:13 PM
Overweight Women

Hi there!

As it turns out, they don't put those stockings on every patient. My DR did not put them on me. I think it may depend and vary from patient to patient based on medical conditions such as those pertaining to circulation.

I had TAH/BSO with a vertical incision and I had no problems at all with it. I did exactly what my DR told me to do, and cared for my incision just how he instructed, and all went very well.

I cannot answer the estrogen question, but I would suggest that you wait until after your surgery to see how you are feeling, and I also recommend that you do some research on surgical menopause and HRT so that you and your DR can decide what is best for you and whatever symptoms, if any, you may experience.

We've got some other great forums right here on the site you may want to visit, too:

No Hormone Desert Oasis,

Cancer Concerns,

The Hormone Jungle

I think you are very smart to investigate your options!

Best wishes! Keep reading! Keep Posting! Keep us posted on how things progress for you!

Unread 05-28-2002, 12:54 AM
hey again

They only put the foot implements on me Randi...very weird they keep bending your feet to simulate walking (that airy noise they make is annoying)...but the leg things will fit my roomie had them and she was a BBW( BIG BEAUTIFUL WOMAN)

Doc put me n Cenestin(conjugated estrogen) tablets 3 weeks after surgery so far so good...and I was told that being big helped me avoid suffering from any menopausal symptoms between my tah/bso and my first HRT dose....

Be well stay in touch

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Unread 05-28-2002, 03:50 AM
thrombosis stockings

Here in West Aussie we are a little behind the times. We use Thrombosis stockings, they dont massage your legs. And me being a big woman was worried they wouldnt fit. The doctor said as long as they reach just above my knees no trouble
So Im hoping all will go well.

Unread 05-28-2002, 02:22 PM
Overweight Women

Hi, Ny Randi,

I'm a woman of size. I had a TVH/BSO, and my hospital used the inflating/deflating leg compression wraps. They fit me without a problem.

If your hospital uses them, insist that they turn on the cooling feature which is built in to the compression wraps. I didn't realize that they could also be cooled, and they were terribly hot in June. No one offered to turn on the cooler. It would have made a big difference for me!

Best wishes,
Unread 05-28-2002, 03:34 PM
Overweight Women

Don't worry about the stockings and the air stockings things fitting. They have them all sizes and they will have them to fit you.
I have had two abdominal surgeries within the past year and have the vertical scar. It takes a long time to heal completely (no matter what they say) but I've done it twice and will do it again for my Hysterectomy surgery next week.
I used Vitimin E oil on the scar and it seemed to help the actual scar heal better.

Don't know about the hormone thing yet.

Best of luck!
Unread 05-28-2002, 05:20 PM
Hi Randi

When I just had my surgery the ones that they used on me actually strapped on. They felt good when I had them. But when they took them off, to my suprise, I had bruises accross the backs of my calves from where the straps were. They faded away after a couple of days.
Unread 05-28-2002, 05:29 PM
Overweight Women

I think most of the compression stockings are wraps, so that shou'dn't be a problem. I loved them...it was like a leg massage. I also found the rhythm of them inflating and deflating very comforting. Of course, being on morphine at the time probably has something to do with me imagining there WAS a rhythm....

Don't worry about that part. As the others have said, you may want to check out the other forums here for more info on NHRT.

Good luck!

Unread 05-28-2002, 05:49 PM
Overweight Women

I had the compression wraps two weeks ago when I was admitted for a 5-unit blood transfusion for severe anemia. Actually I requested them because they felt so good once before. These were new and different ones and they were velco and were flat, wrapped around your legs and closed with velco to allow for fit. Wouldn't have made what difference your leg size was. The only thing is these new ones made my legs itch terribly and they wrapped a pillowcase around my legs and then put them back on. BUT they hinder getting to the potty because you have to disconnect them in order to get out of bed!!!!!!!

Unread 05-28-2002, 06:06 PM
Overweight Women

Hi NYRandi,

I am now 7 weeks postop. I am a very large lady and I had the compression stockings, plus most of my weight is in my bottom and legs. I had a general anaesthesia. I had already fallen asleep when they put them on me but I had complications in surgery and had them on for the 4 1/2 hour surgery. When I woke up they took them off and put on the feet ones. I had those on for 4 days in the hospital. I felt great and a big bonus for me---- I have now lost 31 1/2 lbs since surgery. I can now go walking---I never could do that before!

I had a TAH/BSO with the bikini cut horizontal incision. With my overhang I thought they couldn't do it. My incision healed very quickly (surprising the doctor as I am diabetic). I am so happy I had this surgery.

I can not take any forms of HRT or herbal phytoestrogens either as I have breast cancer. I can not take soy or any of those types of plant estrogens. I may be unusual but even though I am very large, I did experience hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings immediately. My doc said because I had not gone through menopause prior to surgery I would probably experience these things. My 3 docs got together and put me on Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E, a Multivitamin and Zoloft for the mood swings. I am doing very well with these helps. My hot flashes still come but not as often and definitely not as intense.

Please discuss with your doctor what might be of the most help for you. And please do visit the NoHormone Jungle if you decide not to go the HRT way. Good luck on your surgery!!


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