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Unread 03-12-2003, 05:25 AM
Stomach reduction after fibroids

Hi Everyone. I am considering a hysterectomy to get rid of my enlarged and misshapen uterus which is carrying various fibroids (biggest = 10X10 cm). What I want to know is - will a hysterectomy actually reduce my protruding stomach, or does it in actual fact just stay the same? I seem to be reading posts here of people whose stomachs are actually bigger than before.
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Unread 03-12-2003, 05:30 AM
Stomach reduction after fibroids

I think, like a lot of other stuff here, the final outcome is an individual thing........I can tell you that after my TAH/BSO (my uterus was enlarged and full of huge fibroids and I had a cyst on my left ovary, lots of endo and adeno) I had swelly belly for many months........but when that finally disappeared my belly is not exactly flat (it never was !!!) but it IS flatter than it was before my hyst.
I don't know if it might make a difference as to how your doc does the surgery.......I am assuming you would be having an incision, not a vaginal hyst. I had a vertical incision. I've never had any other abdominal surgery so can't tell you if it is different with a horizontal (bikini cut) incision, or if I am the exception to the rule.
Take care!

TAH/BSO 1/5/01
Unread 03-12-2003, 05:39 AM

Thank you Ann.
I had UAE (uterine artery embolisation) for the fibroids in November last year but my stomach is still very bloated and my periods have not improved yet. The Dr did say I must wait at least 6 months but I'm getting impatient!
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Unread 03-12-2003, 06:21 AM
Stomach reduction after fibroids

I would ask your doctor, because I think the answer depends on the location of the fibroid(s). It may also may a difference depending on how the surgery is done TVH/TAH (vertical or horizontal).

Most likely you'll see improvement, but you will be swollen for a while, so don't get discouraged. You won't be able to do abdominal exercise for about 6 weeks or so, and that should help after the swelling subsides.
Unread 03-12-2003, 06:44 AM

the first time i stood up after surgery my breasts acually stuck out further than my belly! I still have swelly belly goes up and down but that ache from beung enlarged is gone im also not short of breath. im guessing it depends what you start with im a big girl and had a uterus the size of 5 month pregnancy!

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