(Closed) Laparoscopic Hysterectomy? Anyone?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mkendrick:  My mother had one a couple of years ago when they found cancerous cells in her uterus.  The recovery wasn’t bad.  She stayed in the hospital one night and was released the next morning.  She was posted up for a couple of days at home but was able to get around pretty easily after that.  She also had a cancer policy so she likes to joke that she’s the only person who gained weight and made money getting cancer. Best of luck to you!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m a nurse & did a practicum on a gynecological surgery unit. A lap hyst isn’t too bad, as far as surgeries go. Most people are up moving the next day — some the night of the surgery. You’ll have a catheter for about 24 hours, and depending on the hospital you’ll either have a PCA (pain medication delivered through an IV when you press a button — you CANNOT overdose b/c it won’t give you a dose if you’re not “due” & you’ll be monitored regularly, but this way you’re “in control” of your pain) or injectable pain medication (they may still give it into your muscle, like a vaccination, but most hospitals are switching over to giving it in the fatty tissue under your skin, so the needle is much smaller & the shot hurts less afterwards). You’ll likely have some flow from your vagina for a while afterwards; just keep an eye on it. Your doctor should walk you through this, but if you’re soaking a menstrual pad in an hour, go to the ER. Also, no heavy lifting for a few weeks afterwards.

I hope that helps a bit!

May I ask why you want to keep your ovaries? Is it to go through menopause naturally, or for some other reason? The reason I wonder is because of the risk of ovarian cancer, but if you do not have a family history of it then it is probably OK.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had a vaginal hysterectomy in 2002 for the same reason’s your doc is suggesting to have one. I thought I was done having kids as well as my baby was 11 and my hubby was also clipped. Well 3 years later we divorced. I married a great guy 4 weeks ago, and he has no children of his own. I do not miss having my period every month or the issues leading up to the hysterectomy, but do miss the fact that I can not give him a child.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mkendrick:  Well I think that was just because she was sitting around and ate more than normal because she was bored.  It wasn’t much at all, no worries!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@mkendrick:  If you’re having a total hysterectomy (cervix removed), then sex might feel a little different to your FH because the cervix will no longer be there. If they’re leaving the cervix intact, then the only difference there might be is maybe less lubrication.

With laparoscopic surgeries, time until you can work out varies. Some doctors say you can work out (lightly, no crunches or anything like that, but walking & maybe light jogging is OK) at about 1-2 weeks. Other (very conservative) docs will tell you to wait 6 weeks. (Same thing for sex/tampons/douching/baths/swimming pools, heavy lifting, etc.)

Since you’re keeping your ovaries, I wouldn’t expect to see much weight gain unless you’re a total couch potato after surgery & eat junk. : ) If you keep up healthy habits, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

Id like to rebump this thread as I really could use some info on a partial hysterectomy.  

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