Post # 1
I’m full of emotions pending surgery. I’m having an Exploratory Laparotomy, Multiple Myomectomy the second week in January. My first time under the knife and it’s a serious. Eekk!! I’m nervous; I’m pretty sure looking at googled pics of recovering Lap patients didn’t help – horror stories. I was diagnosed with a large uterine fibroid that lies between the uterus muscle wall and lining. Because of its size my doctor recommended removing the fibroid through the stomach. Great!
I’m trying to stay positive and remind myself that after this is all said and done: I won’t have painful cramps or spasms; someday I will bear healthy babies; people will stop asking me if I’m pregnant because the fibroid will no longer protrude from my tummy. Fiance has been a supporter and I’m thankful to have him by my side. He helped me to see the brighter side of this situation.
Months ago, I had this great plan to exercise and eat healthy from then until surgery…epic fail. Some say recovery is tough and being physically fit would allow for faster, better recovery. I’m a far cry from being in shape. With less than a month to go, I’m not sure what I can do to that will make a difference. I received my pre-op instructions yesterday and I can’t take any supplements from now until after the procedure. So screw trying to boost my immune system :/
Are there any bees that had or know someone that had this procedure or similar via Exploratory Laparotomy? I would love to hear your stories of how you prepped for surgery, what recovery was like, cautionary tales, and words of wisdom. I need some insight/encouragement from someone that knows what its like to deal with this or something like it.
SN: I hope I can still look good in a bikini after it’s all said and done 🙂 Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
Post # 3
I have no experience with your surgeries, but I will keep you in my thoughts that it all goes well. Sorry you have to go through that. If it helps, my best friend has had several exploratory female surgeries plus they removed an overy and she still wears a bikini, they did all hers with three tiny little cuts that healed with just the tiniest scars that will fade in a few years.
Post # 4
@tksjewelry:Thank you, I appreciate it 🙂 I wish that I would only have a few small cuts. My doctor told me that it would be a larger incision to allow better access to the fibriod. My GYN didn’t want me to have a less invasive procedure because she preferred my uterus to be hand stitched.
Post # 5
Wishing you well! I was told that the best way of trying to heal yourself or get through a crisis, is to have faith! My husband had half of his stomach cut out after his cancer bout. He’s fully recovered : ) So I know you will do well! Man ohhhh man I google everyttttthing lol so I totally understand how horrible you may feel hearing about all of the mishaps or such and such! Just relax and take it easy if ya can!! Good luck girlfrannn! hehe
Post # 6
Surgery is scary! I’ve had a couple (nothing like yours…just knees keep getting messed up!)
Once your incision heals up, you’ll start seeing the scar/keloid formation. Rub vitamin E oil on it once or twice a day — really massage it in — and it’ll help decrease the visibility of the scar. There’s also Mederma and those things that are supposed to get rid of scars.
Sending happy thoughts to you for a successful surgery and quick recovery!
Post # 7
My friend has a similar sugery (she had tumors growing on her ovaries)… She wrote all about her experience on her blog…and part 2 and part 3.
Hope that reading her experience will help ease the anxiety!
Post # 8
I have a friend who went through a surgery for the same thing as you a few months ago, but I’m not totally sure if it was the same kind of surgery. Unfortunately she mysteriously remained in pain for several months afterwards however she recently (yesterday) had another surgery to see if something was wrong – and they did find an additional problem and fixed it! The hope is she will recover properly now.
After surgery she she went on a few different holidays and was quite active held up well – she was always in a good mood, but different positions were painful. It was just unfortunate she continued to be in pain because there was an additional problem.
I wish you the best!
Post # 9
@Porkchop: I’m happy to hear that your husband had a good recovery. His situation sounds worse than mine. He gives me hope 🙂 I know that I need to keep my faith…thanks for the reminder
@abbie017: Thank you for the tip! I definitely want to minimize scaring.
@o0olibelulao0o: I’ll read this on my lunch break. I’m sure I’ll find it helpful. Thanks for sharing.
@jenspadiva: Sorry to hear. I hope your friend has a better recovery this time go round. I’ll keep her in my prayers.
Post # 10
I have not had the procedure you’re talking about, but I have had a laproscopic appendectomy. I have 3 teeny tiny scars on my abdomen- you can really only see one of them and that’s only if you are looking for it. I was only 19 at the time so I may have been a bit more resilient than I am now, but other than some general abcominal pain for a few days post-op everything healed well and quickly.
My only real advice is to avoid watching any comedies for a few days… the only thing that really REALLY hurt in the days after my surgery was laughing.
Best of luck, I hope you have a speedy recovery!
Post # 11
Thinking of you and praying for peace of mind and a swift recovery!
Everything will go great and you have a wonderful future ahead of you!
Post # 12
@DaneLady: Oh my, I didn’t think of that. I promise not to look at one Chapelle Show, Martin, or repeat the movie Bridesmaids. lol!
@Eva Peron: Thank you; I really appreciate it