Patient Comments: Hysterectomy - Describe Your Experience

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Please describe your Hysterectomy experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Amy marie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I am 42 years old and had a complete hysterectomy. It was in May and now I can't tolerate any meat.

Comment from: Ralonda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had a partial robotic hysterectomy on August 28th. I have been rushed to the hospital due to bleeding 3 times, and I have stitches on my left side where my uterus was cut. The bleeding would start every 6 to 7 days. I'm on blood thinners for life, I am 47 years old. My surgeon even used silver nitrate with two gauzes. They came out with golf ball sized clots and I had blood running out my vagina. I went in Friday September 28 again bleeding and passing clots. My surgeon put me to sleep and sewed 8 stitches each on both sides which were bleeding again.

Comment from: Grateful , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

Thanks for the all the advice. I had my full hysterectomy three weeks ago and had a major breakdown at the hospital. I'm 49 years old and haven't given birth but I kept putting off the procedure for two years. I couldn't take the pain any longer so I had to have a full hysterectomy. I'm recovering well with plenty of rest and realize I am fortunate to have 15 nieces and nephews who love me very much and I love them the same.

Comment from: HappiSadCamper, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I'm a 37 year old, who recently had an abdominal hysterectomy leaving one ovary. I had 2 large cysts growing out of my uterus that were growing together, that made me look 6 to 7 months pregnant, with another one growing on one of my ovaries. I'm in my 3rd week of recovery and I feel a hardness below my bellybutton, I wonder if that is normal after this kind of procedure.

Comment from: Nina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

At age 41 I was diagnosed with stage 1 cervical cancer 4 months ago. I had a total robotic hysterectomy (left my ovaries) yesterday; 4 small incisions. I was nauseous yesterday with minimal pain. Today I feel extremely sore and gassy. I am taking pain pills as prescribed. I am also using a 'C' Shaped pregnancy pillow and heating pad. My biggest challenge is getting sleep. I can't seem to get comfortable. My niece made me laugh today and boy, did it hurt!

Comment from: Crystal, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have had complete hysterectomy. No complications so far but I am experiencing a lot of lower abdominal pain; it is 16 days since my operation.

Comment from: Latoya m, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I had a partial hysterectomy in 2012 due to a tubal pregnancy. Yesterday the cut in my navel started to drain and it has a bad odor. I wonder if I should be worried.

Comment from: Thunkett3, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I had hysterectomy 6 weeks ago. I've been cleared for all activities. So, when I had sex, it hurt just a little. But after we were done I had exploding pain in my pelvic area. The pain was so bad I couldn't breathe well. Even my hearing was affected like I was wearing ear muff. I bled a little for about 12 hours. I almost passed out and I couldn't even talk for about an hour. The pain eventually eased up but two days later I'm still hurting. I have no idea what happened. From what I read this isn't normal.

Comment from: Ms thankg, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I had a hysterectomy a year ago, and they left my ovaries in. Ever since then I have had contractions like crazy I don't know why that is. I don't know what to do, this pain is very uncomfortable.

Comment from: 8R533FR13D, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I had a total laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy (ovaries were left) on 8/30/18 at 27 years old. I was up and walking around within an hour of waking up and sent home within two hours. Pain has been minimal and the bleeding stopped within the first 8 hours. The gas they bloat you with was by far the hardest, most painful part! I stopped all pain management medication on day 5 post operation. It was the best decision I have ever made, I feel like a whole new person! Grateful to the doctor that changed my life!

Comment from: Sony, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

My robotic assisted laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy was a little over 4 weeks ago. My doctor told me I can have sex at 4 weeks. We did. No pain during, but some pain the following day along with some discharge that looks like it had dried blood specks in it. It kind of freaked me out. I wonder if it is from the healing vaginal cuff, left from cauterization. Other than that, my pain has been minimal, comes and goes. I've had some pink tinted discharge the entire time, very little; and pad is needed.

Comment from: BCallahan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I am 32 and had a vaginal hysterectomy yesterday. After surgery I threw up several times and was in extreme pain. Today the pain has had me in tears. I'm home, but I am absolutely miserable even though I'm taking my pain medicines when scheduled, as well as ibuprofen in between. My back is also hurting where they did the spinal.

Comment from: Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I had my complete and total hysterectomy on 4/20/09. Worst ever! I had extensive complication, severe pain, no muscle control, severe pain with bowel movements, painful intercourse, etc. Now being 9 years later, I still have extremely intense abdominal pain, huge issues with libido, intercourse is extremely painful and not fun at all. I am extremely worried about my marriage. I do not recommend it at all. My hysterectomy was an emergency as I was in excruciating pain and uncontrollable bleeding.

Comment from: Ki, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I had a total hysterectomy, with bladder and bowel repair 3 weeks ago, vaginally. I woke up in the worst pain I've ever been in, in my life! They pack your vagina tight with cloth! Once the nurses had the ok by the doctor to remove the cloth, the pain got a lot less, but I was still on oxycodone, ibuprofen, and Tylenol! It kills me to read how others had no pain, or how they were back to work after 2 weeks. I'm still on ibuprofen, and move like I'm 80. Very humbling for sure! I had to self-catheterize for 2 weeks.

Comment from: MrsRudy7, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I feel like the odd one out. I had a laparoscopic total hysterectomy 5 days ago, leaving the ovaries, and I still have pain. I am up and moving around for the most part but I still need the ibuprofen and acetaminophen for pain control. I have had a bowel movement although the constipation with that is no picnic either. I should have expected this since my body had what I called a temper tantrum after the tubal ligation and ablation. Unlike many others I still have pain and need some of the OTC relief.

Comment from: DP, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I had a laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy (ovaries remaining) on 8/22/18. I have 4 small incisions. I was in tremendous pain after surgery due to the hospital not having my pain medication ready for 3 hours post operation. After being discharged I managed my pain with ibuprofen and tramadol. My biggest issue is gas and constipation. I took Gas-X, Dulcolax and prune juice. I have absolutely no bleeding or odor. I do have some tenderness near navel incision and lower right abdomen. My doctor did a great job!

Comment from: Tacy84 , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

Nine days ago I woke up after hysterectomy and had no pain. I have had minimal swelling. I did have my belly button incision bleed after I cleaned it, but no infection. I am dizzy, my ears ring, I am unable to focus and have waves of nausea and heat flashes. I had laparoscopic assisted hysterectomy leaving my ovaries to prevent more bone loss. I have had endometriosis and adenomyosis after emergency C-section and tubal ligation. I was ok with surgery. I feel better than I have for a long time.

Comment from: Sunshine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I had a total hysterectomy when I was 37, had fibroids and heavy bleeding. I am 66 now, still feels like I just had my uterus removed, and groin and hip pain comes and goes. Do your homework, read about post-hysterectomy side effects they don't tell you. Good luck.

Comment from: JBeau, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

On August 8th I had a robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy due to PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), endometriosis, excessive bleeding, and cancerous cells. Ovaries were left. Best decision ever. I have light bleeding/spotting, cramping, and slight insomnia, which is normal. It is temporary. I would recommend it to women who are suffering. Take it easy! Do what your doctor says!

Comment from: Erobinson, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I am a 44 year old who has had a partial robotic laparoscopic hysterectomy, leaving both healthy ovaries. I have 4 one inch scars on my belly. I had surgery on Thursday, and discharged on Friday with no pain and very little discomfort. I am 6 days post-operation. I am just taking 500 mg naproxen as needed. I have no pain, just feel a little tired as I walk around, to the point of having to crawl back in the bed. I am sleeping well. I will be returning back to work in 2 more weeks.

Comment from: Princess47, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I am 47 and had total vaginal hysterectomy 5 weeks ago. I am feeling better, bleeding has stopped but having that slight yellow discharge because of stitches. I am glad I had this done but cannot wait till I get the go ahead to work out in the gym.

Comment from: Trice, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I'm 39 and just had a robotic hysterectomy on July 23rd. I spent 1 day in the hospital, and so far the pain has not been so bad until I became constipated and not able to pass gas. I was able to get my bowels going again but now I'm having buttock cramps/spasms, When I go to the bathroom I have clear watery slimy stuff coming from my anus, I still cannot pass gas and now have pain after I urinate, and low right back pain. My doctor wants me to go back to work on Aug 7th, I cannot go to work with buttock cramps!

Comment from: Joanna J, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I'm 34 and 4 weeks post operation. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) because of multiple large fibroids and heavy bleeding that caused me to have 4 blood transfusions. Following surgery I couldn't keep anything down and couldn't pass gas or have a bowel movement. Pain became excruciating. I was told I had an ileus, which was so severe that my doctor had to get a second opinion from a general surgeon to confirm that it wasn't a bowel obstruction. After having a nasogastric tube inserted for 2 days, I went home a week after surgery.

Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I'm 47, and I just got out of hospital 2 days ago from a total vaginal hysterectomy. The pain is tolerable and the bleeding has slowed and I moved my bowels 3 times. I am glad I had this done. I would recommend it to females in my position.

Comment from: anon, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I am 30, had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy (with the exception of ovaries as not to go into menopause early) on June 29th. I spent one night in the hospital per requirements. As of my July 10th post operation doctor's visit I was cleared to resume normal activity (no sex until week 6). The doctor said my 3 holes healed fine and faster than he expected. I have been driving since 2nd day home from hospital, and won't be back to work until July 21 as I expected to be on restrictions for 2 to 3 weeks like the doctor had said prior to surgery.

Comment from: size eleven pain, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had a total vaginal hysterectomy with no complications and no pain after, except the first ten hours post-surgery were filled with very intense pain the nurses like to call cramps. The most intense size eleven pain I have ever had. Some new ground breaking treatment for this must be found. The only thing I could do was breathe as fast as possible and lose consciousness.

Comment from: Sandie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had a full hysterectomy via keyhole surgery due to womb cancer. I am now 6 weeks post-surgery and meant to be going back to work next week but don't feel ready to yet. I have always been a very fast walker and have, this week, been able to walk fast again but am left with pains in my groin, back and hips which is very frustrating. I also have a tenderness in my thigh, which I wonder is due to my lymph nodes being removed which they tested for cancer with negative results. Today I decided to do some light shopping with my bag on wheels but had back, hip and leg pain on my way home so it is obviously not time yet to carry very much, even though I thought I would be able to. It's very frustrating as no one actually says what is ok to do. I will ask people to take me shopping from now on and to carry on doing my vacuuming. Not sure when you know you're ok to do certain tasks though.

Comment from: Cheryl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I have had zero complications from my hysterectomy almost two years ago. It was a total hysterectomy done laparoscopically. So, about six months ago, I was bending over to put my paint brush into a paint can and had to drop to my knees. I felt as though my insides were balling up. I lay down on the floor slowly but could not stretch out for several minutes. I had to lie on my side with my knees pulled up towards my chest. After some time I slowly rolled over and slowly got my legs to a flat position. Afterwards my stomach was very tender for several days. This has happened about three other times since then. The latest was today while going to the bathroom. As I reached back to wipe, my stomach tightened and I could not get up. I held it and slowly was able to get up. I'm not hugely overweight but guessing about 30 to 35 pounds overweight. I have noticed since my hysterectomy that I don't seem to have muscle control.

Comment from: Ready2live, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I had my hysterectomy on a Friday morning. I arrived early at the hospital and was done by noon with my procedure. I decided to do the spinal so I could stay awake while they did the surgery, which was really interesting. I'm 30 years old and got a full hysterectomy leaving the ovaries. My ultimate decision to do this was because I had several fibroids over 9 cm, and towards the end I was walking around daily with a five month baby stomach. It was so painful especially around my menstrual cycle that it would debilitate me. It had me going to the emergency room several times a year. And they just kept growing. I finally made the choice to do the hysterectomy after several other options. Believe me it's not like it was my first option being thirty and going through this, but it was the one I knew in my heart I would have the most relief with and be able to enjoy life. I stayed in the hospital till Sunday morning and was released. I was sore but nothing I couldn't handle, and since then I've been taking my ibuprofen 800 and haven't needed any other pain medication. I'm going to the bathroom, and I can only see myself going up from here. I'm looking at this experience through the positive aspect and I know that I made the right decision for myself.

Comment from: Asadra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I am 6 days post total hysterectomy via the da Vinci robotic surgery. I had minimal pain, had only 1 dose of a narcotic, but they did give Toradol IV a couple times. The night off surgery I refused all medications. No pain and no gas. Up and about in the halls, never had such a great experience after a major surgery. Since I was head down for the surgery, I seem to have trouble eating some things. Maybe I am still having a little abdominal swelling. Otherwise that was great!

Comment from: Mama S, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I am 8 days post hysterectomy and was doing wonderful until Monday, when I began to hurt worse, with very tender lower right abdomen and navel, and shooting pain in my vagina. At this point, I'm running low grade fever. I have a 2:30 p.m. appointment tomorrow with my gynecologist/surgeon. I still don't regret this decision, I think I just did too much too soon as I have a five year old and no one to help with school drop off and pick up. I'm 47 and had been bleeding since October 2017. The plan was to leave my ovaries but my surgeon said when she got in there my right ovary needed to come out. So hormone fluctuations have caused me to cry past couple of days.

Comment from: Cath, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

This is a follow up comment from my February 12th, 2018 post on hysterectomy. I am still feeling pain, but it does seem to be a bit better. I can move about more, even went to the store the other day. I learned that the shots I'd been given to prevent a blood clot actually gave me a hematoma which was likely causing a lot of the pain I had in my lower right side. The latest side effect, though, has been more emotional. I've been having crying jags for a couple of days now, not sure why. I'm sure it is hormone related, but with my uterus and all gone, I'm not sure. My mother had been on hormones after her hysterectomy (in the 70s), but I was told at 67 I wouldn't need them. I don't know. I know it could just be from the stress and all the pain, maybe my body is just catching up. I do feel a little traumatized by the whole experience. Turns out, too, there was cancer in my uterus, very small they said, very early stage. I don't need follow up with things like radiation, but I'll be visiting my oncologist every few months for the next few years. I'd like to add as well, this all started for me when my general doctor had told me not to worry about having a Pap smear each year. I could hold off. Bad mistake. Fortunately, I'd had some (blood) spotting that alerted me to something amiss. Fortunately, I got in quick to another doctor who got the ball rolling to take care of me. It's so very important that you get good advice and never be afraid to ask for a second or third opinion. Sticking with the same doctor year after year is likely not very good, everyone becomes complacent, used to things and it's easy to miss when something might be wrong.

Comment from: Cath, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I'm 67 year old, and just had a robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy last week. This surgery came after the removal of an egg-sized growth. I'm surprised reading how some women here have stayed two or more days in the hospital. I was released the same day and told I shouldn't experience much pain, though I was given pain medicines just in case. I was told some spotting would be normal, and discomfort, and not to lift anything over 5 lb. From the time I got home, just hours after the surgery, I was in intense pain, at first related to the build-up of air that was given to me. I was told this would be normal, and the air would pass over the course of a couple of days. It has been 11 days since the surgery and I have not had a single day without intense pain either from my backside or my lower right side around my bladder. I also had to give myself daily injections of blood thinner which caused considerable bruising and additional pain (the shots really stung). Two days ago, I finally gave in to the pain and called the surgeon's office and was seen that day, and told I likely have a bladder infection. I was given antibiotics and sent home. I went in last night after the doctor phoned and said they wanted me to have an MRI right away. I spent some 9 hours in the emergency room (ER), well into the evening, had blood tests done as well, but they couldn't pinpoint anything, save that my white blood cell count was high, likely due to fighting the infection. I was sent home, still in terrible agony. I am still in enormous pain, cannot sleep, and have trouble moving in bed, getting up to use the bathroom or just moving around in general. I thought this would get better, but it hasn't changed at all. I'm very disappointed that I was not kept in hospital for a few days following my surgery, but I suspect the insurance company had something to do with that. I'm appalled that the surgeon did not advocate for it, considering my age. I'm appalled that after going back to the ER, they did not re-admit me. I'm at home, doing my best to keep myself together, but I can't help but feel this has all been a terrible mistake. I was told when my growth was removed that there was no sign of cancer, it was pre-cancerous and there were no indications of anything in my womb or lymph nodes. I don't know if this surgery was necessary. I hope it was, but this pain has been excruciating. My daughter has been by my side every hour, is even typing this for me. It's been hard on my entire family. If this is something you are told to go through, and you are older, if you have other physical problems, make sure your surgeon is on board with keeping you in the hospital in order to manage any possible infections and, most of all, the pain. I'm hoping this improves soon. I don't know what I will do if it doesn't. It's very hard on my body and I don't need the anxiety as well.

Comment from: AmAZYN, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I just had my robotic assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy on January 30, 2018 because I had several fibroids that were more than 14 cm. I still have my ovaries and tubes. I have 4 small incisions in my stomach. My pain level at the incisions are minimal and I did experience bruising around one of the sites, however the pressure I feel now when I urinate or have a bowel movement is crazy. It didn't feel like that at first, when I was in the hospital 2 days. But lately the pressure is there. Coughing is also hard to do, it puts pressure in my navel area. I am hoping that this won't last long. I am starting wonder if it's a urinary tract infection. I have also not taken a lot of pain medicine, but I was prescribed some if needed. As a single mother of 2 and one being a toddler, it is hard to rest as much as I feel I need to. I have noticed that I am more comfortable on the couch lying down than in my bed. In my bed I toss and turn to try and find a comfortable position that doesn't lead my sides hurting. Before the surgery I had an amazingly high sex drive, I am following instructions about sex, but it concerns me if it will affect me or not; also considering that I had the procedure done pre-menopausal.

Comment from: PattyPat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

On June 5, 2017 at 56 years old, I had 2 watermelon sized fibroids resulting in total hysterectomy featuring a 12 inch long vertical incision. I was so afraid that I went for years with terrible bleeding. Turns out, there was nothing to be afraid of! If you are afraid, read this! I was awake very quickly. Less than 2 hours post operation I was sitting up in bed, talking and laughing with friends, and eating ice chips. Later that morning, my oxygen and leg compressions were removed. My diet was upgraded. At 4 pm I stood up and walked across the room. By 7, my catheter was out. The next morning I came off the morphine and just took a Percocet every 12 hours. I walked laps all around the unit. I was to be in the hospital up to 5 days but I was out in 2.5 days. I felt just fine. I never took any pain medicines after coming home. I was able to get in and out of bed myself, same with chair, I was okay! I did nap every day for a couple of weeks but I was going out to lunch, going on errands with my husband, enjoying the patio and catching up with friends. Not one thing hurt. It really was no big deal. I enjoyed my time off. Nothing to fear but fear itself!

Comment from: Merrin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy with removal of my uterus and fallopian tubes (kept ovaries and cervix) on January 31, 2017. I had severe nerve pain on my lower left side for 2 weeks whenever I stood up or bent over. Pain medications didn't help but sitting still with an ice pack helped. I know that this pain is not typical. In the 3rd week it improved dramatically and I felt 100 percent perfect by the start of week 4. I was back to my normal exercise schedule, etc. I had a giant fibroid pushing on my bladder so it is wonderful to no longer have that pressure. My doctor told me I would not go into menopause as long as I kept my ovaries and so far, that is true. I feel 100 percent normal and fantastic and no longer have periods which is the greatest joy ever.

Comment from: KellyB, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I had vaginal hysterectomy to remove my uterus and cervix on 22/11/17. I was released the next day and had no pain at all. Day 4 I drove a few times and not since, as it was a bit uncomfortable after. I rested a lot. I felt very bored so I went fishing 2 days ago; wrong move as it set me back so it is back to complete rest. No bleeding or discharge, bladder and bowels are working well. I am following the most important rules of not lifting anything heavier than a full kettle and no sex until week 8 just to be sure.

Comment from: Miyuka, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

It has been two months now since my hysterectomy. My bladder issues have resolved on their own after a month. Even an issue I had prior to my surgery has been resolved! I used to get up once in the middle of the night (now realizing it was due to my fibroid pressing on my bladder as I lie down) but now I sleep through the night entirely. It's amazing! I feel 100 percent with no issues whatsoever. Everything feels as it should and I'm only reaping all the benefits now. No periods, etc. I love this.

Comment from: Belinda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I had robotic hysterectomy 5 weeks ago because of endometrial cancer. I am still quite sore and very uncomfortable bending over. I have numbness and burning sensation around the incision area. I have had no bleeding since surgery until today. I have some spotting, not sure if that's normal. I have put on a few pounds. I will be having 3 radiation treatments.

Comment from: Miyuka, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I'm 32 and had a hysterectomy on September 22, 2017. It's been around a week now since my uterus and fallopian tubes were removed due to two 10 cm fibroids, along with many, many smaller ones growing on/in my uterus, one being in the stage of painful necrosis. While I am fortunate enough to have a very skilled, caring surgeon perform wonderfully and had very little to deal with post-surgery (no pain, no bleeding, etc.), I do have one worry. I absolutely cannot sleep through the night due to my bladder issues that I now have. I have to get up 6 to 10 times due to a strong urge to urinate, even if there is barely anything in there. While I understand that nerves have been disrupted around down there, my bladder is now shifted since there is no uterus to separate the bladder from the bowels. I can't help but have a fear in my mind that this will be ongoing after healing as well. It's maddening.

Comment from: Helena, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

It's now been 3 weeks since l had my hysterectomy, a total hysterectomy using the robot, because l had womb cancer. I had my procedure on Friday and came home on Monday. I have had no bleeding at all, only took paracetamol while in hospital and nothing since coming home. My portholes where the arms of the robot went in have all healed quite well and l feel surprisingly good apart from a little constipation. I keep wondering when any kind of symptom from menopause will begin as my ovaries were taken and l don't think l can have any kind of hormone therapy because of the cancer which I am told at my check up yesterday has gone. I am relieved. I suggest to anyone reading this to go for a total hysterectomy with keyhole surgery done robotically. You needn't worry, it is fine in my experience so far.

Comment from: MVD, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I had total hysterectomy 3 weeks ago with 18 cm of fibroids. Last December 2016 it was 11 cm but I was not able to follow up with my obstetrician/gynecologist. Last June when I had my transvaginal ultrasound (TVS) it said that my myoma progressed to 18 cm and had to be removed immediately because it might be cancerous and thank goodness it was not. I am slowly recovering with my surgery and do some light house chores but most of the time I just rest. Using binder is very important after surgery.

Comment from: zefirah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I had a hysterectomy 3 weeks ago due to multiple and large fibroids. Everything was removed except for ovaries. I had complications during the surgery. My ureter was damaged, so I had a stent put in during the procedure which will be removed later. I had to go home with a catheter for a few days. In addition, the front of my upper thighs have been numb. I believe it is nerve damage that occurred during surgery. I had constipation during the first week post operation but put myself on a rigorous fiber/laxative regime and got it under control. I think my stitches are healing fine, I can walk a little more each day. I'm still having some pain and quite a bit of discomfort (some related to the stent) but gradually taking less pain medicine. I think the numbness in my thighs is gradually subsiding.

Comment from: Mrs. N J, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I had my hysterectomy on March 10, 2017. I am 47 years old and my surgery was necessary due to severe fibroids. My uterus and cervix were removed. My uterus weighed 3 lb. at removal and a fibroid the size of a grapefruit was peeled from my bladder. The surgery was the best thing I could have done! Other than post-surgery pain, I have had a great recovery. My incision is in my bikini line and I have minimal scarring. Since my surgery, I have been able to sleep all night without having to get up for bathroom. I owe my successful recovery to my gynecologist!

Comment from: Cute, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I am 6 weeks out from a full abdominal hysterectomy and feeling better. I'm glad I had this done, my body doesn't feel sluggish all the time. I'm more outgoing, more alive, and more me. I am so happy with this but I'm scared to have sex but in due time.

Comment from: Ali.B, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I'm 52 and had a full abdominal hysterectomy 9 days ago. Reason for surgery, fibroids! One measured 7 cm and bled continuously causing chronic anemia, hospital stays, blood transfusions, etc. First 4 days post operation I didn't feel very good at all but I'm feeling much better now and I'm far more mobile. My scar is still very sore and tender and I find that I can't stand for too long but I'm able to do far more for myself now. It is vital to keep mobile but rest is equally as important. I ticked all the boxes for hormone replacement therapy so was lucky enough to be put on patches before leaving hospital. Emotionally I'm good and I'm looking forward to a better quality of life without the dreaded bleeding and feeling constantly tired and under the weather. Happy days.

Comment from: ACE 02, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I had a total hysterectomy (abdominal). I was doing fine post operation for a month, then I started having problems with my bladder. I was having accidents, especially during the night. I would start urinating and would wet my pants between the bedroom and bathroom. Or during the day it would just happen without warning.

Comment from: Saunders, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I had a full hysterectomy, uterus, tubes, ovaries along with cervix removed, because of cancer, on January 19, 2017. It has been now nearly 1 month and staples and stitches are out but I have horrible pressure and sharp pain as if I was having an appendix attack except I have no appendix. I cannot lie on my sides as the pressure gets worse. I can't find and answers anywhere to tell me if this is at all normal. Oh yes, I also started with a yellowish discharge and now I am spotting off and on.

Comment from: Lanie, Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I am 44 years old and had a full hysterectomy 12 days ago (ovaries, fallopian tubes everything taken). The first 7 days after operation I felt good, no bleeding or spotting, etc. The last 2 or 3 days I have had awful tummy ache, spotting bleed, and generally I feel off. I am not sure why I feel like this now after a week of feeling ok.

Comment from: LB, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I had a hysterectomy 2 weeks ago (December 15). I am 69 years old and had everything removed including some lymph nodes. My recovery as to incisions is ok but I am having pain when I have to move my bowels. I am taking stool softeners. I find it easier to go if I lean back on the toilet. No problem with urination, but pain if I try and strain to pass stools. I also have lost my appetite (not necessarily a bad thing). I sometimes experience slight nausea and have some depression; more than just the blues. My follow up is on January 3 with my surgeon and I'll ask her about these things. Good luck to the rest of you!

Comment from: Cecille, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I had a full hysterectomy on December 7 with a horizontal incision (bikini cut). I had pain medication the first two days after surgery (staying at the hospital 2 nights). Then, I had pain medication every four hours but it was too much (hydrocodone) and I felt sleepy and lethargic for too long. After consulting my doctor, I immediately changed the pain medication to something milder, first ibuprofen and now acetaminophen; seems to be the best for me at this point. I feel better and more alert and able to do light house chores. I don't feel like driving or walking for too long, or do any other strenuous activity but I definitely feel much better. My advice is be careful with pain medication and try to understand the pain in your body. Keep moving but stop and rest (sit or lie down for a little) if you feel the pain.

Comment from: Lexi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I'm 7 weeks post operation and had a radical hysterectomy. It was an 8 inch vertical incision and I had an almost 7 lb tumor, no cancer. I'm still in pain on just one spot next to the incision down toward the bottom. I'm trying to work a little but not going well. I have also experienced severe itching all over my body. Sounds crazy but for the last 5 days it's been awful, I am not taking any medicines and haven't been for 2 weeks.

Comment from: Vic, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I had a total hysterectomy on November 29, 2016. I had already gone through menopause, but I had pain from 2 ovarian cysts, one 4 cm and one 6 cm. The surgeon planned to do it laparoscopic, but due to scar tissue, had to make an 8 inch incision horizontally. I stayed in the hospital 2 days. The day after returning home, I felt good and did too much. The next day I was nauseous, faint, and broke out in a cold sweat. I learned to slow down. I thought I would go back to work after 5 weeks, but it might take longer.

Comment from: Jane, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 29

My vaginal hysterectomy for prolapse was on Wednesday afternoon. I came home yesterday which was Thursday. I feel amazing. I have had no pain and really don't need the tablets provided. I must be careful not to lift anything heavy or generally overdo it. This will be difficult as I feel so well.

Comment from: Clair, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I am 3 days post-surgery of a vaginal hysterectomy. I am 36 year old. I have constant back pain and pelvis pain. I am still feeling sick and bloated, and with pain. Peppermint tea is advised, but it is horrible to drink. I take painkillers, but can't wait to start feeling normal again. Every day I am feeling sick and teary.

Comment from: Shelby, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I'm two days post operation for laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy; everything removed. First day after was rough with vagina pain but today I feel a lot better, the ibuprofen works better than the pain medicine. I had multiple fibroids, one pretty big, but I'm doing good. So if you are getting ready to have this done don't worry, it's really not that bad. Good luck to you all!

Comment from: Diane, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

Today is 9 days since I've had an abdominal hysterectomy. My fallopian tubes have been removed, but ovaries remain. I've had 4 C-sections previously. I think that I am healing well, but sometimes I get a pulling/pain on the right side, when I reach or try to get up on the bed. I try to walk at least 1/2 mile a day around the house. Nurse suggested using Miralax so I've not had any problems with constipation. I know it will take a while to get back to my normal self, but being in bed so much is driving me stir crazy. Still giving thanks for everything.

Comment from: fibroidfish, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I am 6 days post vaginal hysterectomy for uterine fibroids. I am feeling great. No pain medicines since the day of surgery. Making sure I eat a balanced diet is playing an important part. I do have a sensitivity to sweets since my surgery, maybe from anesthesia. I could have not made a better decision.

Comment from: Angie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy 2 weeks ago. Tubes and one ovary were also removed due to a huge cyst. I had just one night in hospital and felt pretty good by the day after surgery; just have 4 small incisions. No pain medications taken after first 2 days. I still need an occasional afternoon nap but I work from home (freelance writer) so it's not a problem. Life is so much better now and hopefully the anemia will resolve over next few months now that I won't be bleeding 20 to 25 days a month. Overall, so glad it was done!

Comment from: Andrea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I had a laparoscopic assisted vaginal total hysterectomy, including removal of ovaries and cervix, 2 weeks ago. I moved well after surgery, went home the next day, but had poor appetite and could really only tolerate fluids for the first few days. I was so bloated, and it felt like bowels were not working. I am still living on laxatives, bowels are very sluggish and not yet returning to normal. I am having frequent gas pains in my gut, speed of bowels seems about 35 to 40 percent of normal. I'm doing tons of walking, at least a mile per day, not helping much yet. I think I'll go back to the doctor soon if this doesn't improve.

Comment from: Lisa J, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) and tubes removed on 4/25/2016. I was up and around the next day. I returned to work 4/29/2016. I'm exercising and back to normal, no pain from the incisions, no soreness, no bleeding. I'm so glad how it worked out for me! I have my 6 week follow up on 6/11/2016.

Comment from: alexis, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

It has been a month ago since my total abdominal hysterectomy. I am now in the office and doing my usual errand except lifting and taking stairs for walking. Both my ovaries are saved but I will not have a monthly period starting after the operation. Due to huge myoma, I don't have any options other than the said operation. I think, the important thing is your readiness emotionally about the effect after the operation. It is much better to research and read about the possible operation as well as options from the other doctors, but ultrasound will tell you the truth. Now, after the operation, I am happy to know that the result of the histopathology (mass taken out) is negative from any cancer. I am so fortunate to be given a chance to live longer. Happy journey to all of you and best of luck to us who have undergone the same surgery.

Comment from: slcmom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

This is one week post total laparoscopic hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy, and I am feeling amazing! Post-surgery pain was non-existent, I was up and moving an hour after I was moved to my room and checked out of the hospital 5 hours later. Urinating took some skill (lots of leaning forward then leaning back, then forward, and back) until I was empty but that was fully resolved by the end of day 2. I am stunned by how much more balanced and healthy I feel now that it is done. Three generation of family history of uterus problems followed by hysterectomies (and validated by the pathology report post-surgery; glad to have that thing out). I'm wondering why I waited so long to have it done!

Comment from: Lululee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I had my laparoscopic total hysterectomy (removal of uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and right ovary) on 2/26. Prior to this I was having terrible periods (even at age 61. I had my last period the week before my surgery). So far post-operation has been what I expected. Pain has not been too bad. I try to walk a little further every day and can usually feel it if I've been a little too active. I am trying to balance being active enough to help my recovery but not doing too much to delay it. I am not feeling well enough to be bored yet but getting there. I put in to take 4 weeks off of work but hoping to go back after 3.

Comment from: MinnieGem, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I am 10 days in after having laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy, with a cyst removed from my bladder and my bladder lifted and put back into place. I've had pain, bleeding on and off, and a foul smell from the blood in my pad. I tore a stitch just by sitting down to urinate, and severe constipation (which is moving better now after taking a laxative). I have energized days and no energy days, and I'm finding myself very emotional. I'm lost and I don't know what to do. I had help my first few days home but my partner has since gone back to work and I have to fend for myself for meals. I was in the hospital for 3 days after surgery, I kind of wish I stayed there.

Comment from: DorothyConyersga, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 29

I had a total abdominal hysterectomy with a cystectomy on February 10, 2016. I had a herniated ovarian cyst and my intrauterine device wasn't in the right place. I just got my 18 staples removed on the 23. I am healing pretty good, still sore but am feeling better. Much better now that the staples are gone. I feel things will be much better for me now. I was tired of all of the pain I was having. I give two thumbs up to my doctor. To all of the women out there who have to have a hysterectomy done, don't be afraid. There's nothing to it. I had it done, you can too.

Comment from: Lady 'T', 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

Three weeks ago today I had a total hysterectomy, uterus, ovaries and tumors. Everything went well. I had the surgery on a Monday, and was up and walking all day Tuesday. Wednesday when the doctor came around he said everything looked good and told me he normally he would keep me longer but if I go home and do nothing he would let me go. So he released me and I went home and did nothing. Two weeks and two days later I went back to the doctor and he was amazed how my cut was healing. He told me that the average size of a uterus is 70 grams and mine was 1777 grams. Too enlarged. It was so large to where he couldn't do the bikini cut, he had to go up to my navel. I didn't have a whole lot of pain, my biggest thing was the gas. I'm just taking it easy waiting for my full recovery. The doctor told me I could go back to work just for me to take it easy and no lifting.

Comment from: Cape Breton Chickie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I had my hysterectomy a week ago today, on 16-02-04. It was through my stomach due to a large fibroid (8 cm) and I have not had any children. I stood up the first night and as with many, it was not pretty. I am experiencing lots of gas and pressure in my intestines (I can feel the product passing through). I stopped taking extra strength Tylenol three days ago. There is hardly any pain and my incision is healing well. My stomach and lower areas look like a gothic bag of skittles and have more color than 'Starry Night'. My stitches are all internal and now have a hollow sound on one side when I tap my stomach. My doctor stated that I may have bled a bit and there will be some left over serum that may need to be removed later. I have several times felt like a straw was put in my head and my energy sucked out, but I can urinate better now. Sorry for being graphic, but that one small thing is amazing. Good luck ladies!

Comment from: PainfreeinColorado, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I am 2 weeks to the day post laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy. I had everything except for both ovaries removed. I was suffering from severe pain (labor like) during my periods due to fibroid tumors. My uterus was the size of a 10 week pregnancy. I am in the healthcare field so I did lots of research as to what the other options were. The surgeon and hospital wanted the surgery performed. My surgeon told me that my uterus was covered with fibroid tumors inside and out with also a little endometriosis. I feel great! My incisions scarred over about 5 days post operation looking more like scratches than incisions. I wanted to move as soon as my surgeon allowed me to. I was up and walking about 20 hours after surgery. Keeping hydrated has been key to my speedy recovery and digestive health. I suffered from trapped gas pains for about 2 or 3 days post operation but once I started walking, it helped move my bowels. I have no pain, just a little tenderness where the uterus was removed. I am looking forward to no longer having periods and the pain I experienced prior to my hysterectomy.

Comment from: Tab, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I am 6 days post robotic assisted vaginal hysterectomy. My periods were unbearable and lasted for 8 to 10 days, with heavy bleeding and cramps that felt like early labor pains for at least 5 or 6 days. I would pass clots the size of golf balls and had to modify my life around my periods. I must say, the post-surgical pain is not as bad as my cramps were. I take 1 ibuprofen 600 as needed as opposed to several 800 and around the clock heating pads. I was able to keep my ovaries, and that's a good thing. They weren't able to do a biopsy, and wanted to do the D and C, but I already knew I wanted to proceed with the hysterectomy, so I scheduled that instead. They can do the pathology on the tissue and let me know if I'll need further treatment instead of 2 separate procedures. Hopefully I'll be back to normal in a few more weeks.

Comment from: Denise G, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I'm 4 weeks out from a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy and I feel absolutely fine. They took the uterus, cervix and tubes but left the ovaries. I'm so glad I had this done. I found out I was severely anemic due to constant hemorrhaging, periods that lasted 10 days, and 10 days after that it was back. I felt like my life revolved around my period. I dreaded it. I was dragging and feeling terrible. My doctor (after looking at my catastrophically terrible blood work) finally sent me to get an ultra sound which showed many fibroids of all types. That explained a lot! From there I went to an obstetrician/gynecologist who said a hysterectomy was my best bet. I did stay the night in the hospital and I'm glad I did. They took good care of me. I really didn't even need the pain medicines they gave me. The poke holes from the laparoscopy were tender, but nothing awful at all. Nothing like a glob of super glue in your belly button. I had a little bleeding 2 weeks in but it stopped after a couple of days. The doctor said it was normal when the sutures dissolve. I had the surgery on a Thursday and was working from home Monday morning. I went back to work the following Monday. I have to remind myself not to do too much. But it's hard because I feel so fine and normal. I was told I would be tired and worn out but not at all. It so wonderful to never have to have another period. Thank goodness!

Comment from: AJ, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 02

I had a total hysterectomy at age 27. I had endometriosis, multiple cyst on both ovaries, and malignant cells in my uterus. I wasn't put on any type of hormone therapy, which has caused me plenty of issues with my bones and my joints. It is too late I am told to reverse the damage done due to this surgery. I am on Reclast, vitamin D and vitamin shots every month.

Comment from: debtravels, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I am 2 weeks post-surgery. I had full radical robotic assisted hysterectomy. I had surgery a month prior to remove fibroid tumors and the pathology revealed uterine cancer, stage 1. Hysterectomy seemed to go fine, I came home the same night. Felt ill the next day and figured it was just post-surgery effects. Day 3 I felt worse, abdominal cramping and couldn't keep even a sip of water down. I returned to the hospital emergency room and was admitted for bowel obstruction and a hernia that developed in small intestines. I waited till day 5 and then they did surgery for both issues. I was released day 6 in the evening but had a terrible bacterial infection. I am beginning to feel normal but I have a couple of symptoms that I haven't seen anyone else write about. I have crazy itching around my vaginal area and a bit of dripping of urine, and I can't really control it.

Comment from: RM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I was told in December that I had a fibroid the size of a bowling ball and needed to have a hysterectomy and that I could wait until August to have it done. I went to my gynecologist to arrange the surgery. The doctor performed a pelvic exam and found my cervix was totally closed and scheduled me for a hysteroscopy, D and C, biopsy of the cervix and biopsy of the endometrium. The doctor told me that he did this routinely to make sure he wasn't getting into something unexpected and would like to take a look around. When I came out of recovery I was told that I was being held for 23 hour observation and that my doctor had ordered an oncology consult. I didn't sleep for the next 24 hours. It totally scared me to death. The oncologist finally came to see me to let me know that I had a cyst on my ovary along with the fibroids we knew were already there. I was given the option at that time to have a hysterectomy the following day since I was already in the hospital. Everything went well with the hysterectomy and the oncologist was a great help with the decision for the radical abdominal hysterectomy. I am now on week 3 of recovery and I am feeling a little better every day. I get tired easily and hardly have any pain in my abdomen. At this point I think the sutures in my vagina are healing. My abdomen is numb on the outside and I will not be able to drive for another 4 weeks.

Comment from: Blackie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I am 2 weeks to the day post vaginal hysterectomy, everything removed except ovaries, with anterior and posterior repairs. With the exception of soreness at the site and back ache (I'm a caregiver so this is ongoing), I'm actually doing pretty good. A few Advil only when needed. Diet has played an important part in my healing (vitamin supplements, high fiber, a lot less meat, lots of vegetables, no junk and lots of water). I'm glad I prepared prior and have kept up since. I was very physically active before so I currently modified my exercise routine with lots of walking. It seems to really be helping. I truly feel diet is essential on the road to recovery.

Comment from: car99, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I am 5 days out from a vaginal hysterectomy and I have more back pain than anything. I have no vaginal bleeding. I still tire easy and need to rest but am back doing laundry and everything else. I had a total hysterectomy, meaning ovaries also.

Comment from: Tfutch, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I had LAVH (laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy) in the first week of June 2015. It's been almost 8 weeks, and I still have abdominal pain. The surgery took 3 1/2 hours. My uterus, tubes and cervix were removed. The uterus was large, full of fibroids, three of which had their own blood supply. After surgery my vagina was packed and catheter left in overnight. I was up and walking the same evening surgery was done. I had problems urinating after catheter was removed due to infection from the catheter. I'm happy to be done with hemorrhagic periods, but am really upset about still being in pain. I feel like my uterus has been replaced by rocks.

Comment from: Relieved, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I went through a full abdominal hysterectomy at the end of June and have a horizontal scar of about 5 or 6 inches. I have been doing ok up to now and the swelling on my abdomen seems to be going down slowly. While I feel really lucky that everything has been going well up to now I am now experiencing pain down the left side of my abdomen with a dragging feeling. My thoughts are with anyone who is going through this operation or is recovering, good luck.

Comment from: carol, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I am 7 days out from total vaginal hysterectomy. Surgery was fine. The pain medicine has caused me to be extremely constipated; miserably so. I realize the pain medicines are necessary, but I feel like the doctor should suggest laxatives as well. I stopped taking the oxycodone two days ago and am just taking high dose Tylenol. Everything being so backed up down there is causing pain to the surgical area.

Comment from: CLF, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

My total robotic hysterectomy was 17 days ago. It was rough going the first 7 days but by day 10 I felt great. Now I suffer from exhaustion. I'm tired every day. This is very hard for me as I've always been a very energetic person. I'm tired after I've been out of bed for 2 hours. I feel like I'm dragging myself around the house. I take a nap every day but never feel energized.

Comment from: kmd, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I had a total abdominal hysterectomy 10 days ago; 15 cm horizontal incision. I stopped taking painkillers on day 2. I was discharged from hospital on day 3; really missed the electric hospital bed at first to help sit and stand up and lie down, but this got a lot easier from day 5. After day 8, I could sleep on my side. The scar tissue around the incision is sore and tight when I walk, so I hobble around hunched over, which hurts the back muscles. But this hasn't stopped me getting out and about, just need to rest fairly frequently. All in all, I'm very happy with my recovery so far, given the huge gash in my belly! When I get grumpy about not being able to do my normal activities, I think of the people I met in hospital who aren't going to get better anytime soon or are going home with a colostomy bag.

Comment from: Frustrated, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I had laparoscopic and open total hysterectomy six weeks ago yesterday. I have had severe to constant pain from bladder to mid right ribs since the night of surgery. I have had IVP (intravenous pyelogram) x-rays, ultrasounds, CAT scan, blood work, and urine test. Everything is normal, I was told by surgeon. Maybe I need to go to pain clinic. I hate using any type of medicines. I just cannot take this anymore. If I would have known it was going to be this difficult to recover I never would have done this.

Comment from: ConcernedHusband, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 12

My wife had a partial hysterectomy in the summer of 2014. Now a year later it seems that she is going through a midlife crisis. She does not take any prescribed medication since her operation. It's been two months now and she has not been home but been out of state with her parents stating she feels like she is going to snap and cannot be around anyone or have any level of responsibility. I wonder if this is something I should be concerned about as a husband in regards to a side effect. I'm trying to be patient and understanding but am afraid that our marriage will crumble under the stress.

Comment from: FashionDesignPassion, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I had an abdominal hysterectomy, vertical incision, and also an inside vaginal incision. I'm not having hot flashes or any other hormone related problems, as they were able to save one ovary. I am still having some pain, and soreness, I am five weeks post operation. Hoping to feel better soon.

Comment from: Lori, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had a vaginal hysterectomy on May 4th. I am now 10 days post operation and feel great. First 2 days after surgery I had a lot of gas until I had my first bowel movement 2 days after surgery and had no issues. My body seems to be back on track with regular bowel movements without issues of constipation or pain anywhere. I have to remind myself that I had major surgery so I do not overdo it. I prepped my body well prior to surgery so I would not get constipated. I started taking Metamucil 2 times a day 2 weeks before my surgery. I drank lots of water, ate more fruits and vegetables and cut back on meats. I continue to drink a lot of water and eat well to avoid hard stools. This process is sure helping my body recover. I will mention too, I lost 8 pounds. I am feeling ready to go back to work!

Comment from: Nancy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I have had a total abdominal hysterectomy 12 days ago for fibroids and heavy bleeding. I was concerned about the surgery but was eager to be rid of problems. I was in hospital for 3 days, the pain was relieved with pain medication which I took every 6 hours. Pain was bad for the first 4 days then began to subside nicely. I have more soreness above the incision line than the incision itself. Constipation was a problem but was relieved with a laxative and more fiber in my diet. My energy level is moderate. I am able to make dinner and do tasks in the house slowly but I haven't ventured out yet. I am pleased with my progress and looking forward to increasing my activity in the next 3 to 4 weeks.

Comment from: KellDow, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I had a total vaginal hysterectomy due to suffering with adenomyosis for years. The surgery started 12 noon and lasted 2 hours. I was really out of it until about 7 that night and threw up after I drank a smoothie. I had cramping and sharp pains for the first 3 days. Pressure from gas and constipation was painful but subsided after I finally had a bowel movement. It's been 2 weeks since my surgery and I'm feeling quite well. I still have a little spotting and only need to wear a panty liner. I notice that my energy runs out about 2 in the afternoon. I also still get a little pulling sensation if I walk around too long, but with a little rest and Advil I feel much better. I'm returning to work in 5 days and hoping that all my energy returns soon.

Comment from: Carrietul, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I had an abdominal hysterectomy on Friday 3/27/14, and today is Good Friday 4/3/14; it's been 7 days. I spent 2 nights and 3 days in hospital. The pain of the incision was bad but from the beginning the pain from gas was almost unbearable. It felt like labor pain starting in the front and moved to my back. They sent me home with 2mg Dilaudid (morphine) and I alternate with Norco 7.5 mg. I didn't start taking a stool softener immediately but I wish I would have. Sitting is terribly painful so I lie down and get tired after a short time when I'm walking. I have 1 ovary left. I would do it all again as my cervix was 3 times the size it should have been and my stomach has already lost the bloated look. The first bowel was excruciating, large and hard. But it's much better now with the stool softener.

Comment from: Lissa0207, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I am 23 days post hysterectomy. I went in with the intention of having a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Both ovaries were going to be left in. I woke up to find out, I had endometriosis scar tissue in the posterior cul-de-sac behind my uterus, on the left ovary, on my large intestine, and on my right ovary. Both ovaries and part of the large intestine were stuck on my cervix. My doctor removed the scar tissue and had to remove my left ovary due to damage caused by the scar tissue. (My pain was always on the left side). The large intestine was dangerously too close to the cervix. Therefore, my doctor left my cervix. So, I had the uterus, fallopian tubes, and left ovary removed. I initially had three small laparoscopic incisions. Then when the cervix couldn't be removed, I got an approximately 7 inch incision near the pubic bone. After 7 hours in recovery, I was sent home. I protested, but lost. Three days later, I began running a fever. I returned to the emergency room and was diagnosed with pneumonia and an abscess inside my abdominal area. I was admitted and placed on a large amount of intravenous antibiotics. Four days later, I was released. Thank goodness I didn't need and additional procedure to drain the abscess. I am still in pain, walking slow, and get tired very easily. I hope to feel better soon.

Comment from: Marilyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I had a total vaginal hysterectomy, repair work for a prolapsed uterus and cystocele as well as bladder sling 2 weeks ago. In recovery I had a small incision in the external vaginal area that kept bleeding and the doctor had to give me a couple of stitches to get it to stop. I did have trouble having my first bowel movement (BM) but felt much better after. I stayed in the hospital overnight and returned home the next afternoon. I was off of the oxycodone by 3 days post operation and have only used 800 mg ibuprofen 2 or 3 times a day since then. I have been surprised how quickly I have recovered. The only real issue I had was that part of the stitches doctor put in during recovery opened up and it was a little sensitive and pink. I went back in for checkup on day 12 and he said it wasn't infected but put a little silver nitrate on it to help it heal. Otherwise I am doing well. I still have a little gas pain and irregular BMs. One day diarrhea and the next mildly constipated. However, I think this is fairly normal due to the trauma of surgery and medications. I will try some of the other suggestions of warm tea. I'm 50 and have had no hot flashes or night sweats so am extremely thankful. Prior to surgery I have had back pain for years, especially the last couple. I have been seeing a chiropractor at least weekly for the past 6 or 7 months. I have been making slow progress but since surgery my back pain has improved dramatically. Who knew! Only regret is that I didn't have it done sooner.

Comment from: mea, Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had my hysterectomy done on 30.12.15 and had been recovering well since the surgery. However for the past 3 weeks I had this sharp pain on my left side of the surgery stitched area. I supposed this was due to my hectic working schedule and there are some muscle pull and cramping and now it is more obvious that the pain is caused by the surgery stitched area.

Comment from: cazmillon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

At age 59 I had a total laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy in November 2014 after being diagnosed with uterine cancer. It is now 11 weeks later and I have been back at work nearly 5 weeks. My surgeon must have been very skilled as I have had very little pain associated with the surgery. I did get painful wind in my ribs and shoulder and later got infected wounds due to bacteria, which took several weeks to clear up. I was staged as 1A which meant the cancer was caught earlier and I am now deemed free of disease. Being post menopause I have had no mood swings or depression. Still no real pain or tiredness just the odd twinge due to my uterine wall and muscles firming up. I do still worry whether I will have any bladder or bowel problems but so far so good. Everyone's recovery is different and I regard myself as lucky to have had such an easy time of it.

Comment from: proxy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I'm a 40 year old mum of three who had a total abdominal hysterectomy in August of 2010 and have been okay till sometime in 2012 when I started having lower abdominal pains and endless infections. I have been seeing the doctor about this but all medication I have been given each time would work only for that period then it would start again. I'm worried also about my bones which are excruciatingly painful, especially in winter. I don't know if there is another with the same problem as mine after a total abdominal hysterectomy. My mum died of cervical cancer just a year after I had the hysterectomy. She is the fifth victim of cancer in her family and the second victim of cervical cancer.

Comment from: blessed, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

After dealing with extreme heavy bleeding for about 2 years, most recently having to get a transfusion, I had a laparoscopic assisted robotic supracervical hysterectomy performed. It has been 8 days after the surgery. I feel much better than I did the first 4 days. I have a little pain and soreness, mobility is slow paced, but I can get around without help now. Not rushing things, listening to my body and taking it slow.

Comment from: DavianW., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I am 5 days post operation from almost total hysterectomy. I had everything removed except left ovary because of chronic (everyday) abdominal pain for 10 months due to what they believe is endometriosis. I had stage 2 to 3 endometriosis and the pain is still with me today, on the right side, even though the surgeon said that he was able to excise it all. The surgery was not difficult at all. There was pain of course but pain medications helped. I am taking only ibuprofen since two days ago and am able to manage. I was taking hydrocodone which helped a lot and did not give me nausea like other pain killers. I just wish the right sided pain would go away. It makes me nervous that the laparoscopy vaginal hysterectomy (robotic) didn't work to get rid of the pain.

Comment from: Jaw from Ohio, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

It has been 14 days since I had my abdominal hysterectomy. My ovaries are still in place. Six hours after surgery I was able to get up and move around a little with help. I stayed 3 days in the hospital. My biggest issues were getting up out of bed and climbing up and down the stairs. I get tired easily, besides having a little back pain. I took pain killer for 1 week. I have no bleeding, spotting, menopause symptoms or unbearable pain. I can feel that I will have a better life ahead of me. I feel very good about the decision I made to have this hysterectomy.

Comment from: Cynthia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy 12 days ago vaginally, and kept my ovaries. The internal gas pain was horrific the first 3 days then subsided. I have 4 small incisions across my belly in line with my belly button. They were itchy but manageable, they now do not itch and are healing very well. No pain to the touch. When urinating or passing bowels my insides hurt, a burning pinching feeling to this day. I had been prescribed Motrin and Norco for the pain, and I am off the Norco now and only taking the Motrin but due to the constipation I have to stop taking them. I can walk around fine after 3 days, there was a pulling pain in my lower belly, feels like I need a sling to hold it up for relief. Today walking is easy except for the pain in my lower belly, feels so much better to lie down on my back or sides, I feel no pain in those positions. I am concerned about the severe pain passing gas or defecating. It is still very painful even after 12 days and I cannot get the constipation under control. The silver lining in all of this is no periods ever again and my sexual appetite returned almost immediately. I am very happy I had this surgery only hope the internal bowels pain subsides.

Comment from: Melody Fair, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I went for a total hysterectomy 3 weeks ago with left ovary removed; due to endometriosis and bleeding for more than a year. My hemoglobin went really low. I went for IV Iron therapy and my hemoglobin went up. After 6 months my hemoglobin continue to drop due to everyday non-stop bleeding while waiting for my surgery date. Before and after my surgery my hemoglobin went low again so I was given 2 packs of blood before I was discharged on the fourth day post-operation. I was suffering from pain, bloating, nausea, shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, and was experiencing symptoms of menopause like hot flushes, depression, and irritation. I couldn't eat well, and I could only eat soup during the first week. I was walking so slow and crooked, couldn't straighten my back well due to bloating and pain. I had chills and mild fever but it was relieved with pain killer. As much as possible I don't take painkillers, unless I can't sleep of pain. I'm a side sleeper and during this time, I can't really sleep well as I can only sleep on my back. It hurts to sleep on my side until now. I tried to walk as much as I could every day. Every now and then I still feel pain inside; I have low back pain, pain urinating, and cramps on and off both legs. My doctor only wants me to see her after a month post-operation. At least there is no signs of infection at the moment but I have small amount of discharge every day. Abdominal binder helps a lot. I feel itching on the incision site and on my tummy now. My tummy is still big and I am still bloated but I can pass gas better. I eat better now. I have so much to ask my doctor about, but waiting time is long.

Comment from: Feeling alone, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am 49 years and last Monday I had a full hysterectomy. I came home from the hospital and I still have the catheter in me but should have that out by this Thursday. I have painful bowel movements but I'm not constipated. And I feel I need to urinate even though the catheter is in me, it hurts. My incision scar is sore and red and there are gaps in some parts. It feel thick and firm. I have wet coughs and have to buckle down and hold my stomach.

Comment from: Pdill, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had complete ovarian hysterectomy seven weeks ago. I was on pain medications initially for about four weeks. I'm tired all the time and feel abdominal pain all the time. I was also put on estradiol which I had to stop because it made me dizzy. My doctor just seems to think I'm ok but I don't feel ok at all. I wish I had never had to have this done. It was the worst experience ever.

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