Scheduled TAH Upcoming 9/21 hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery | HysterSisters
HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Hysterectomy Support Posts > Preparing for Hysterectomy (pre hysterectomy)


HysterSisters.com is a massive online community with over 475,000 members and over 5 million posts.

Our community is filled with women who have been through the Hysterectomy experience providing both advice and support from our active members and moderators.

HysterSisters.com is located at 111 Peter St, Toronto, Canada, M5V2H1 and is part of the VerticalScope network of websites.

With free registration, you can ask and answer questions in our HYSTERECTOMY forum community, get our FREE BOOKLET, access Hysterectomy Checkpoints and more.

You are not alone. The HysterSisters are here for you. Join us today!
join HysterSisters for hysterectomy resources and support
Reply

Upcoming 9/21 hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery Upcoming 9/21 hysterectomy: TAH and Open heart surgery

Thread Tools
  #1  
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.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
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.
  #3  
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.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
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
  #5  
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?
  #6  
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?
  #7  
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.
  #8  
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.
  #9  
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.

Reply

booklet
Our Free Booklet
What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy: Information, helpful hints as you prepare and recover from hysterectomy.
Answers to your questions
Register




Thread Tools

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
From This Forum From Other Forums
6 Replies, Last Reply 05-09-2018, Started By Snowbird0725
7 Replies, Last Reply 02-15-2018, Started By dreamyscribbles
8 Replies, Last Reply 09-01-2017, Started By itzagoodthing
11 Replies, Last Reply 12-07-2016, Started By Babsie4826
2 Replies, Last Reply 11-12-2016, Started By YachtyChick
1 Reply, Last Reply 06-22-2016, Started By MrsDavis83
13 Replies, Last Reply 03-10-2016, Started By MaryD6
19 Replies, Last Reply 01-18-2016, Started By Kharris07
17 Replies, Last Reply 07-05-2015, Started By Megan M
8 Replies, Last Reply 04-20-2015, Started By pho
10 Replies, Last Reply 01-08-2015, Started By ftgf5775
5 Replies, Last Reply 02-16-2008, Started By shep337
4 Replies, Last Reply 04-05-2005, Started By Sherlock1970
0 Reply, Separate Surgeries
1 Reply, Hormone and Menopause Central
9 Replies, No Uterus - No Ovaries - Yes HRT - Surgical Menopause
14 Replies, Hysterectomy Recovery (post hysterectomy)
3 Replies, Prayer Requests for Hyster Sisters
1 Reply, The Road Less Traveled
5 Replies, Cancer Concerns - GYN



Advertisement

Hysterectomy News

January 28,2022

CURRENT NEWS

HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive

TODAY'S EVENTS

Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays


Request Information


I am a HysterSister

HYSTERECTOMY STORIES

Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours

FOLLOW US


Your Hysterectomy Date


CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing  


$vbulletin->featuredvideos is not an array!
Advertisement


Advertisement