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yellowtulips74

Thanks so much, Expelliarmus.

 

Today's shopping list:

- a couple of nighties

- lots of maternity pads

- a few pairs of nanna undies

 

Any other suggestions are welcome!

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Soontobegran

Speculum Expelli :smile:

 

 

 

Doh. I knew it was a dumb question. lol.

 

Would you recommend support briefs for afterwards? I've been doing some reading online overnight and some ladies have suggest that these can help by keeping the tummy firm when moving about.

 

I just wore high waisted light lycra knickers.......nothing too tight but just felt like I had some support.

My tummy muscles were cut though as I had an abdominal hysterectomy........I don't see that support briefs would be too much assistance after a vaginal hysterectomy but they won't do any harm.

 

Good luck with your surgery...... it was one of the single best things to happen to me in terms of my general health and even though mine was a rather dramatic experience which I had no choice but to have I am glad my body made the decision for me.

Definitely nighties...the stretchy cotton knit type or you'll find yourself wearing those horrible cotton hospital gowns the entire time and they are so uncomfortable.

 

Just to add my recovery was excellent and was allowed to drive when I had no pain when I pressed my leg to the ground. It was a while ago but I am pretty sure I was back in the car before 2 weeks was up.

Everyone has a different experience of recovery of course but just want to say mine was surprisingly easy to get over

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Soontobegran

Thanks so much, Expelliarmus.

 

Today's shopping list:

- a couple of nighties

- lots of maternity pads

- a few pairs of nanna undies

 

Any other suggestions are welcome!

 

 

Some lip balm....my lips are always like the Sahara desert post anaesthetic.

 

Good luck :smile:

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kshy

I am 5 weeks post surgery for a hystrectomy - also had a huge tumour removed so my surgery was a vertical cut

 

Definately the nanna undies

 

I am not a fan of nighties so took bigger size cotton pajamas - no issue with them running or pressing on the scar and have easy access to the doctors and nurses

 

I took slippers for walking around the hospital but was much easier in my thongs

 

I am still not able to drive yet, still can't stretch out without some pain and still extremely exhausted, I usually end up having a couple of naps a day

 

I was also told I needed to check with my insurance if I would be covered before the six weeks was up as the doctor recommended no driving for that time. I have not checked as I know I am not ready to drive yet and have support here for another week

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yellowtulips74

Some lip balm....my lips are always like the Sahara desert post anaesthetic.

 

Good luck :smile:

 

Ah, good advice, thank you!

 

One silly question... will they want to shave down there at all?

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Expelliarmus

I didn't have to shave. The nurse was surprised I hadn't and was about to give me a razor but came back saying I didn't need to so I think it depends on your surgeon. I did have to scrub with special soap though before the surgery and put on the sexy theatre clothing and compression stockings.

 

Shave/wax your legs. The stockings coming on and off and long hairy legs do NOT mix. *shudder* Damn you winter forests!

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shaggybanks

Hi, Thought Id come on here to check out any info on Hysterectomys and it seems all is very quiet in this part of EB. Is there anyone out there who has recently been through a Hysterectomy?

 

Might need to look in other areas

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Expelliarmus

Have you been to hystersisters.com?

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Serenzy

I second hystersisters.com, it's a fantastic site. I had my hyster 6 months ago, had a rough recovery but now feel it was one of the best things I've ever done.

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Expelliarmus

Mine was 18 months ago - it's all normal now. Not much to add :)

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JamJah

Hi, Thought Id come on here to check out any info on Hysterectomys and it seems all is very quiet in this part of EB. Is there anyone out there who has recently been through a Hysterectomy?

 

Might need to look in other areas

 

I've just logged in and saw this thread and thought the same. When is your surgery? Mine is in a fortnight :)

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Lusamicbe

I am due to have my hysterectomy in 3 weeks. I'm scared :(

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CalEliKat

I am having a hysterectomy in a week. It is a vaginal one. I am just wondering if anybody as any advice or tips to offer on recovery.

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Expelliarmus

When they say don't lift anything heavier than a dinner plate they mean exactly that. Take it seriously. Take six weeks to recover. You may feel fine and want to/can do gentle things and by all means do them. But don't feel obliged and don't rush it. Driving uses abdominal muscles you didn't know were there. Go easy and don't rush - you'd be surprised the stress putting your foot on the brakes can have on your abdomen.

 

Rest and take it easy. They really mean it. Don't skimp. :)

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CalEliKat

Thanks Expelli. How long was your hospital stay, my surgeon told me 2 to 5 nights.

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CalEliKat

Ok, so it's done. It was done today. Instead of vaginally it ended up being abdominal. I came in bleeding very heavily from a hideous period so I won't miss that. I have a lovely private room, fentanyl on tap and TENS machines on my legs. I have had a clexane injection and I am fading in and out. Damn I need a coffee.

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Expelliarmus

Sorry, I didn't see your question.

 

I was told 2-5 also. I was in for 10 as I got a mystery infection. I didn't need any pain relief but did get some awful wind pain. I also felt quite unwell when I had the fever but not actually any pain. I hated the thing on my legs though! Necessary but annoyed the crap outta me!

 

Enjoy the private room!

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Mrs_Maker

I'm glad you are recovering well Calelikat, I am booked in for a vaginal hysterectomy on 4th October, so looking forward to it, have pretty much been bleeding for 2 year, and had Mirena in 18 months ago which did nothing. I am on progesterone 3 times a day, and still get bleeding!

 

Why did you end up having an abdominal?

Edited by Mrs_Maker

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CalEliKat

My gynae said that to do a vaginal hysterectomy there has to be at least a small prolapse in the uterus. Apparently mine was tucked up tight. Today I have come off my PCA and nasal prongs, the nurses bathed me this morning and soon I will have my catheter out. I just had soup and a sandwich too and feel much better

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Mrs_Maker

Glad you are feeling much better, will be great to have catheter out.

 

Hmm my Gyno said that she should be able to do it vaginally, once I am under, she pulls on my uterus to test if it moves enough to come out, if not, she will do key hole. Sort of dreading waking up with full abdo, as it would mean longer not driving, I have been told with vaginal I could be back driving in about a week.

 

Hope you get that coffee soon!

 

Off to read the rest of this thread to see what else i need to get prepared before the op :-)

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CalEliKat

I got my giant coffee when my BFF came in bearing gifts. I am up and about now. I can walk the 8 steps to my bathroom. I am all attachment free and waiting for a visit from DH and kiddos

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Mrs_Maker

Great news!

 

I just read the thread, so nighties, slippers, nanna undies, and lip balm needed lol

 

Anything else you recommend?

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CalEliKat

I am staying for a while so I have a portable DVD player a season of a show I haven't seen before, a book, handcream, dry shampoo (I can't shower until tomorrow but had a sponge bath today and my hair is manky), something to suck on like butter menthols, I have a fridge so my friend brought me in some strawberries.

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CalEliKat

I have developed a fever this evening. I suppose a post op fever isn't uncommon. My sats are pretty low too so I may end up back on oxygen.

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MrsLexiK

Get better soon hope it's nothing to worry about x

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