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Unread 09-23-2002, 11:36 AM
Hyst vs C-section--another post


I posted acccidentally on pre-op when I meant to post here (did get some nice comments). I wondered how a hyst compared to a C-sect for those ladies who have had both. Some friends I have talked with (who have not had hysts) have expressed the thought that it shouldn't be any worse in terms of post-op discomfort, healing, etc. What do you think? Just curious...
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Unread 09-23-2002, 11:43 AM
Hyst vs C-section--another post

Hi Debra!

I had 2 C-sections prior to my hysterectomy. Both of my sections were vertical incisions (from my navel to the pubic area.) I had my hyst done as a LAVH. Any abdominal surgery is considered a major surgery, regardless of the type of incicion. There is alot of internal work and repair that takes place. My recovery from the sections was about 6-8 weeks and my doctor recommends a 6-8 week recovery for hysts too. In my experience, I felt better sooner after the LAVH and the external incisions healed faster. too. I still had the same swelly belly though!

Keep us posted on your surgery.

Unread 09-23-2002, 12:59 PM
Hyst vs C-section--another post

I had 3 c-sections (vertical incisions) before I had my hysto. (bikini incision) and I think the 2 don't compare. I am finding that it's taking longer getting over my hysterectomy than the c-sections. I thought the two would be about the same, but then there's a lot more surgery involved with a hysterectomy in terms of cutting ligaments and tying off blood vessels, etc. than with a c-section. But then I am older now and don't have the same energy level as I had when I had my kids. I do think the bikini incision heals a lot faster and neater than the vertical incision.
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Unread 09-23-2002, 01:06 PM
Hyst vs C-section--another post

Hi, I had 2 c-sections made with bikini cuts. The incisions for my sections were smaller than this one. My hysterctomy incision is 9 inches long. (I just KNEW it was 12 inches or longer, so DH got out the tape measure and measured it for me!)
My recovery time is comparable to the sections and seems to be pretty much the same only I'm more tired now. Maybe I just didn't notice the tiredness before because of the new baby and figured it was natural.
I'm going in to the DR tomorrow for my 2 week post-op check. Do you know if DR will do an internal exam? If so, I'm not looking forward to it.
My belly hangs over a LOT more after my hyst than after the c-sections. I'm hoping it goes away soon.
Heal fast and take care of yourself!
Unread 09-23-2002, 01:13 PM
Hyst vs C-section--another post

Thanks for the stories ladies.

Teresa, I went at 1 week post op and my DR only removed staples and placed steri strips. I am to go at 4 weeks (October 2) and I just assumed she will take a peek inside, but I didn't ask her at last visit because she had a C-section waiting on her. Does anyone else know what they do at follow-up? The thought of having an internal exam makes me hurt just thinking about it!:cry:

I have a vertical incision and a poochy belly, but it pales in comparison to my pre-op belly with Fred the Fibroid inside...LOL

Best regards,

Unread 09-23-2002, 01:59 PM
Hyst vs C-section--another post

Debra, I just had my 5 1/2 week post op check up at 10:00am today. I did have an internal done. I was surprised by this. But I guess this is the only way the doc can tell if you are healing properly. I had slight spotting after and none now. It did not hurt at all. I am happy to say I am doing well. Don't worry about an internal. Rox
Unread 09-23-2002, 02:29 PM
Hyst vs C-section--another post

I had a c-section 2 1/2 years before my hysterectomy and I would say that definately the hysterectomy was alot harder to recover from than the c-section. With my c-section, I felt mostly back to normal by 2 weeks.....I even threw a birthday party for my oldest son at 2 weeks.

I threw a birthday party for my husband at 4 weeks post-op after my hysterectomy and it was soooooo hard. It took me until about 6-7 weeks to start to get back to doing normal things. It's all that internal healing that takes along time. Even to this day(I'm 3 months post-op), I have a hard time being on my feet for a long time.
Unread 09-23-2002, 02:33 PM
Hyst vs C-section--another post

i went for my 6 week check up today. He did a pelvic exam, it didn't hurt at the time, but I am getting sorer as the day goes on. Also, my had me come in at 2 wks and also did an exam then. He says he just wants to make sure everything is healing like it is suppose to and wants me back in another 6 weeks. He said the Vaginal Cuff is still healing and I thing that must be why I'm so sore.


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