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Unread 02-05-2016, 06:39 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy

Hi there ladies,

I'm laying in my hospital bed as I type and have just this afternoon had my hysterectomy. It was done by abdominal laparoscopy and I had my cervix, uterus and tubes removed leaving my ovaries. My reasons for the surgery were to remove a 5x6cm fibroid in the back of the uterus and to alleviate God-awful period pain and heavy bleeding causing anaemia. I'm 39, and a fairly fit and active woman and I have a 21yrs old son (one is most definitely enough for me) and it really was a no brainer for me to have surgery.

I thought I'd post my experience so far to anyone who will soon be in my shoes. I wasn't at all nervous prior to the op as I've had two surgeries in the past 18mths and kind of know the hospital procedures. I had compete trust in every person in that operating theatre today and my attitude certainly helped with the lack of nerves.

I woke up about 3.5hrs after I was put to sleep. The pain I felt was like period pain so it was a feeling I was already use to. I was given more OxyContin to relieve the pain and had a few slow release pain killers (tramadol and Targin) which have reduced the pain to a 2 or less /10. I can lay on my side without too much pain whilst moving. In fact right now, the only pain I have really is a pinched nerve in the top of my rear shoulder which. I did when I was rolling on to my back a couple hours ago. The nurses have been fantastic in providing me with a quick massage and heat packs.

To anyone feeling nervous or scared if you have the op coming up, just have faith in the hospital staff and surgeons. Pain meds are readily available and they are there to be used.

Emotionally and mentally I feel great which is a really nice change because when I was hospital four months ago for a broken leg, I was an emotional basket case and I'm sure my poor partner often ran away as fast as he could once or twice lol. It really does help to have a supportive home environment and I'm blessed in that department. My partner cooks, cleans, tends to me and has even helped wash my feet when I couldn't. I've read some stories on here where a woman often cleans her house prior to surgery and cooks a plethora of meals for the spouse/family and a woman should never have to do that. Just remember, a man has two legs and a heartbeat just like us. I'm know some woman have no other choice and have families and a working partner etc but it really does make all the difference in the world to have a great support network be it spouses, family or friends.

To anyone who will soon be in my shoes, I wish you all very best for a speedy recovery.

Kind regards,
Lisa
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