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Unread 07-06-2018, 07:35 PM
Upcoming 9/21 hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery

HI Girls,

I am new to this site and not sure if this has been asked before.
I had an open heart surgery on Feb 13th to repair my mitral valve prolapse and the whole process went so smoothly. The pain was very manageable with only Tylenol when I was home. I do have a very high tolerance to pain.
Now I am faced with another major surgery in Sept. After seeing two doctors it was determined TAH is the only way to go. The fibroids are huge and said it is like being 7 months pregnant. The cut has to be done vertically because they are so big. The surgery itself does not scare me as I went through a more complicated and serious one with my heart.
My question is, did anybody here had both surgeries done? How would you compare the pain? I heard that TAH is a lot more painful.
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Unread 07-06-2018, 08:38 PM
Re: TAH and Open heart surgery

I have never - knock on wood - had heart surgery. That said, I *did* have a TAH with 7" vertical incision, closed by 38 staples. Pain levels can vary considerably from woman to woman. In my case, I honestly never had anything I'd consider "real" pain. I had a soreness and twingeyness, for sure. Oh, and twice when I did stupid things, I had a stab of pain each time that stopped as soon as I stopped doing the stupid thing. Don't do stupid things. Do not pick up a 13-lb cat if your weight limit is 10 lbs, and do not try to do a plank three weeks after surgery.

I had Dilaudid the first couple of days after surgery while I was still in the hospital. I was pretty stoned the first day, but alert and walking laps around the ward by the second. By the third day I was doing fine on ibuprofen alone. I was released that afternoon. I took ibuprofen regularly for about a week, then occasionally for another week.

I found recovery to be long but easier than I expected. Yeah, the cats were chasing dust bunnies around the apartment, but they were happy (the cats, I mean) and so was I. Went for lots of short walks, sat out in the sun reading and sewing - it was a bit like a vacation, except with weight restrictions.
Unread 07-07-2018, 05:43 AM
Re: TAH and Open heart surgery

Like SurprisedInNB I also had a 7in vertical incision (closed with 16 sutures) and never had any real pain. I spent 2 nights in the hospital and once they removed the epidural the 1st morning the hospital only gave me tylenol and that was fine, I could have had stronger if I needed it but I didn't need it. I was up walking around on my own, slowly, the 1st morning once the epidural, catheter and IV was removed. Once home early the second day I only needed ibuprofen and that was only for a tired achey back. I had an easy complication free recovery but it does take time, you can't rush it. Do plan on taking the full time your doctor recommends for recovery, usually at least 6 weeks for a TAH. So as you can see pain is not a given but until your are on the recovery side you don't really know what your pain levels will be.
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Unread 07-07-2018, 07:22 AM
Re: Upcoming September hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery

I also had tah and very minimal pain. They never gave me any narcotics and once they took the iv out I was fine with nothing at all. The ocasional pain when I coughed or moved the wrong way felt kind of like the soreness from doing too many sit-ups
Unread 07-19-2018, 09:45 PM
Re: Upcoming September hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery

Thank you ladies!

I had Immunoassay tumor CA125 test. My insurance did not pay for it.
What kind of test is this?
Unread 07-20-2018, 07:15 AM
Re: Upcoming September hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery

It tests for ovarian cancer. Why wouldn't your insurance pay for it?
Unread 08-01-2018, 08:50 PM
Re: Upcoming September hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery

They are saying I don't have a history ovarian cancer. Does not make sense???The doctor will resubmit the claim so we shall see.
Unread 09-10-2018, 10:03 PM
Re: Upcoming September hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery

10 days to go..... my nerves are as calm as they can be. I remember with my heart surgery I did not sleep for months. I’m not scared, just worried that they will find something.
Unread 09-11-2018, 09:17 PM
Re: Upcoming September hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery

Hi karpatsarh -

The CA125 tests for the a protein that ovarian cancer can shed. The problem is is that other benign tumors also can shed that same protein. It is not diagnostic, but it gives doctors a starting point.

For me, my CA125 was normal but my OVA1 (another test similar to CA125) was elevated. I also had a cancer concern. My TAH BSO was for a very large complex ovarian cyst (12x9x11 cm) and numerous uterine fibroids. All was tested in the OR and all was benign. My surgeon was a gyn onc. I was so grateful for him, because if it had gone the other direction, he was the best person to take the next steps.

I know it is hard to do, but do not get ahead of your diagnosis. Take this one day at a time, one step at a time.


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