Re: Has anyone had a myomectomy before?
I'm new to the boards.
I had a myomectomy May 30th with a 4 day hospital stay. I had 17 tumors removed from around, inside and within the wall of my uterus.
I know everyone is different, so here is my experience.
The nurses made me stand up the very night after my surgery and had me walking around the next day. Had a little fever twice while in the hosptial, they upped the antibiotics. My catheder was remove the next day. I was told I would not be allowed to leave until I have a bowel movement. So I was given a stool softener w/laxatve.
Painful to get in and out of bed. The staples were removed the day I was discharged and several pieces of tape placed on my incision.
My doctor has given me 6 weeks off work and was restricted from driving for 2 weeks. I discovered one HUGE blue black purple bruise on my right hip, but it didn't hurt and no other brusies on my stomach anywhere. I was told it was probably a blood pocket. I was given a perscription for prenatal vitamins along w/more antibiotics and pain pills and I haven't needed any of the pain pills. I did get a fever and took Tylenol Extra Strength before i was able to get the antibotics.
My stomach is still swollen, sensitive and numb. Numbness is mostly from the navel down. I have to take a nap daily...and if I stand too long, I find myself holding my stomach. There is some burning sensations and itching. Nerves trying to reconnect and heal I'm told.
My doctor says all the swelling and numbness should completely disappear within the next 6 months. All the elder women in my life are telling to take it slow. "You're healing from the inside out and you're healing in layers" I've been instructed not to pick up anything heavy, not even a bottle of bleach. lol
My period was due June 8th. Since I was still bleeding from the surgery I don't know if i had one or not, there was no cramping. It's June 19th and I'm not bleeding anymore, but having a light brownish discharge. My next period is due July 4th.
What I'd like to know is, if:
1. Walking (in moderation) will aid in my healing?
2. Will wearing control top pantyhose help support my stomach?
3. I had a extended stomach due to weight and the fibroids and I've noticed some weight loss. Will my stomach shrink as the swelling goes down? Will is hang?
4. When can I exercise? And what kind is allowed?