Patient Comments: Hysterectomy - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your Hysterectomy experience.

Comment from: Msdiamonds, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I was living with pain on a daily basis for many years due to adenomyosis, living on pain pills. I was recently diagnosed with fibroids, which made my pain worse this is what led me to my decision. I had a hysterectomy of the uterus on 01/14. I had severe pain afterwards, could not be controlled for several hours. I ended up with internal bleeding, had a blood transfusion the next morning, and emergency surgery around 1 pm. Ladies, please be certain that this is your only option.

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Comment from: Great Mom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I'm a 47 year old woman. I had my uterus and tubes removed about four weeks ago. The experience was not bad at all. A day after the surgery I was walking and emptying my bladder. I walked around the hospital and the next day I went home. I was doing stuff in about two days within being home. I gobbled those pain pills like nobody's business and I was good. Once I finished with them I was fine. Just some soreness but nothing bad. My stomach is flatter than my back! I had the surgery because one of my fibroids was so big I looked five months pregnant. I didn't have heavy bleeding just a regular cycle. I feel wonderful and I look even better. If I had known this I would have had the surgery a long time ago. I have a thin scar from under my navel to right above my bikini line.

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Comment from: Vivelavie, 35-44 (Patient) Published: January 17

I had total abdominal hysterectomy on Jan 08, 2014 after being diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in situ. I had a hard time recovering after surgery due to extreme pain. I was in the recovery room for about nine hours for some issues that I have no idea until now. My husband said he was only allowed to see me for about 5 minutes twice and no one told him what was wrong with me. I was in a lot of pain and had the push button pre dosed morphine but that made me sicker so the hospital decided to change my medications to oral painkillers and Gravol. I stayed at the hospital for 3 days. I had a hard time passing gas the first 2 days. No issues with urinating after removal of catheter. The hospital gave me laxative so I was okay with my bowel movements. I could not eat anything solid for 7 days because it made me nauseous and I would vomit. Today is the 8th day post-operation and I am finally mobile enough to do things on my own and incorporate soft solids into my diet. When you go for your surgery I hope you have a great support group, I am lucky I have a doting husband, helping family and great friends who assisted me with my ordeal.

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Comment from: inanutshell, 55-64 (Patient) Published: December 16

I had a supra cervical abdominal hysterectomy five weeks ago tomorrow (12/11/13). I had it on Wednesday, left the hospital on Thursday. Other than nausea the first 24 hour after surgery, pain was controlled and I felt great. However, I went back to work on the Monday following surgery because I felt so good. Those medicines taken at the correct intervals make it that way (Percocet and ibuprofen). It was a mistake. Now at five weeks post operation, I have no pain, but I'm tired. I should have taken that time off even if it was driving me nuts. And yes, that increased shelf on the lower abdomen does reduce, but way too slow.

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Comment from: rcrv78, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I recently underwent a vaginal hysterectomy on Dec 4th, 2013. Recovery seems really fast. There's no pain at all, just feels like bloating and swelling. I'm able to walk around the house. I was discharged from the hospital with morphine and ibuprofen 800mg. I only took 1 morphine though I was advised to take every 6 hours and alternate with the ibuprofen. There was no pain, therefore I discontinued the morphine. The reason for my surgery was that I tested positive for the BRCA 1 Gene. I had a total hysterectomy with removal of ovaries, I have yet to experience these so call hot flashes, nothing yet. I can't wait for my 6 week check up to start working out.

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Comment from: BestDecision, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

It was the best decision I ever made! I had a full hysterectomy without removal of ovaries three weeks ago to stop unexplained severe bleeding. I had two cervical ablations 3 years ago the 2nd one worked and lasted for 3 years but the bleeding returned with a vengeance. All tests were negative for any explanation as to why this was happening. I woke up from surgery with mild pain but already had sexual desire back. No pains after the 3rd day post operation, sex life resumed at week 3.

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Comment from: bloom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I had my total hysterectomy a week ago and found it not to be as bad as I thought it was. I came round with a catheter and I hadn't really used the pain relief pump so they took it off and gave me paracetamol, diclofenac and codeine. I have been in much pain though I came off the codeine because I didn't want to get constipated. First time going for bowel movement was a relief if a bit sore as I did not want to push. Two senna tablets have sorted me out. I have been home four days now and have been able to get in bath which was nice. My stomach is eased and I have had no trapped wind or discharge apart from a little bit from the stitches, I only get a twinge when I move so whole process has gone well, just tired a bit more than usual.

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