abdominal post-hysterectomy care
it's the beginning of my third week post-op. After months of agonizing, it finally had to be done coz my anemia was getting worst...on one hand i feel relieved that i don't have to deal anymore with my really heavy bleeding and the falling hemoglobin that follows it, on the other hand i worry about prolapse, especially since i live an active life.
Just a few things about the op itself - whole mass removed totalled almost a kilo (!!!!). Two ovaries were left intact. the op lasted about 1.5 hours but they put me on GA (general anesthesia) so i felt very little pain, even after, when they gave me drip painkillers for about 2 days, i think, later shifting to oral painkillers on day3.
Day 1 post op - no pain but largely asleep.
i made a specific request prior to the op : no blood transfusion. i was lucky to have very skilled doctors who were able to minimize the blood loss so even if i only had hgl of 11, didnt need a transfusion coz it remained at that level even after the op. (just to explain though - I did two IV iron infusions prior to the ops, as prescribed by my hematologist, to raise my hgl which was only 9 few days pre-op.)
Day 2 - was able to get up with some help.
Day 3 - could sit on a chair for a few minutes several times a day but easily gets tired. (had to get up because GA causes minor lung infections, which I had on Night2. (I'm not a fan of meds for sore throats - luckily I had this African Sea Coconut Lung Tonic which helped control the coughs).
Week 2 - my incisions have partially healed and the doc hopes it will fully by week3. However, now i have a minor infection similar to vaginitis. I'm due to see the doc in a couple of days.
What i worry about now is vaginal prolapse which i read happens to about 10% of women who have had hyster. My doctor advises me to wear abdominal binders till 6 months for support. I wonder if this really helps and if other women are likewise advised by their docs ?