Re: hysterecomy July 13, need advice please
Hi! I'll share my experience with you. Im 29 years old and had a complete hysterectomy 5 months ago. It was a lap. assisted vaginal surgery, but I believe most was done lap. Personally, I would not want to be awake during the experience. I've had epedurals before and really they weren't a big deal, but I just wouldn't want to be awake during a major surgery.
I had severe endo everywhere, had already had one tube removed exactly one year before and my cervix opening was pulled toward my spine. I was just as nervous as you are, trust me!
I think the number ONE thing you should make absolutely sure of is that your hemoglobin levels are normal before surgery. Mine weren't, I had the surgery anyways and had serious problems resulting from that.
What to expect after surgery:
You may be grumpy LOL I sure was. I woke up fighting mad for no reason (reaction to the anasthesia)
The only real pain I had was from the gas they use to air your abdomen up. The gas presses on your diaphriam, which pushes on a certain nerve that makes your right shoulder hurt something fierce. Some people don't have that problem at all though.
I know that most people are up and ready to go back to work in a few weeks, but I was not allowed to even pull laundry out of the washer for at least 6 weeks.
You may have an emotional breakdown a day or three after surgery (I did) and might think you are losing your ever loving mind. You aren't. Once the estrogen pills kick in you'll be right as rain. It's a big shock to the body to have the ovaries removed like that.
Thats about all I can think of at the moment. Over all, I had a pretty positive experience with the hysterectomy afterwards. I can't even explain how much better my quality of life is now, compared to 5 months ago. And trust me, having a complete hysterecomy at age 29 is pretty scary. But I'm doing just fine!