Saturday, March 12, 2011

...i need some help...

professional help?  psh, we knew that.

this is about the big 'h' surgery coming up.  i have received comments from many who have had this procedure, and i admit the closer i get (4 weeks!) the more scared i get.  if anyone would feel so kind to tell me about their experience, i would appreciate it.  

also, i'm wondering if any of you had to be sent home with a catheter?  i've heard it both ways.  weird question?  probably, but i'm curious.

i'm not having a laparoscopic surgery, it will be a laparotomy, with a horizontal incision.  i know that they do them laparoscpically, as well as vaginally, and sometimes the laparotomy is done with a vertical incision.  (eekers!)  so many ways to rip out some organs.

i won't keep talking, i would really just appreciate any advice or stories or warnings from any of you amazing women out there who have gone this route.

much love and thanks for this.  this is as terrifying as brain surgery to me.

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9 comments:

Ashley Rose said...

I've never had the big H, but I had a c-section so I know all about the horizontal incision and healing and recovery from major surgery down there. Took me weeks before I was able to sit up on my own or even roll over. One thing I can tell you is DON'T OVERDO IT. I thought I was superwoman and I could go up and down stairs and pick up/play with my niece and whatever. Bad idea. Made recovery harder and longer. I'm not sure what options they will give you (if any) for closing the incision...I would highly recommend surgical glue. That's what I had and I healed BEAUTIFULLY. Scar is near invisible. Friends who had staples or stitches said that they were always afraid of popping/tearing them.

Anyway....that's all...not sure how helpful it was.....

Anonymous said...

Also have not had a hysterectomy, but I did have 4 c-sections and this is my advice for recovery (I don't know how diferent it is than our surgery) I found it much easier to heal when I got up from the bed as soon as possible(with help). The sooner that you move around the easier it is to heal. Take it slow, but take the time to get up and move around every few hours. I found that it helped to sleep sitting up for the first week or so. It was just hard for me to sit up from a flat position. After that I used pillows to prop up on while I side slept so I didn't put pressure on the incision. Don't give into the temptation to pick up the baby. I did after I had my 2nd and totally regretted it. It took a lot longer to heal. Just have him crawl up to you or help him to your lap while sitting. Anyway, all I can think of right now.

ShannonH said...

Check your email - that was one long comment that didn't fit here. Short version. Congrats on making a tough decision - it's a really tough one to make. Ditto to above two slots of advice - slow but go! Get some good stuff in your freezer. It gets old having nothing tasty to eat and not feeling like you can do much about it.

kenna said...

pretty sure i get stitches and or staples from what the doc has told me. boo.

and my biggest fear is that i will want to hold boog. weeks without picking him up? blarg.

i told my dad he had to bring him to me at nap time in the hospital so i can snuggle him.

thanks ladies. i really appreciate it. i don't want to go into this blind.

Ashley said...

My best advise is to ask questions. Ask the doctor anything that comes to mind. Even if they sound silly. There were a few things I wish I had asked about. With pain pills you should be fine. Don't over extend yourself. Good luck.

AJ said...

I will email you my experience as it is way too long to post in the comments ;0). A couple things off the top of my head though.....first, holding a pillow kind of over the incision (I did this for my ovary/tube removal and hysterectomy) helps keep things from moving around too much. Second, try to remember to stand up straight. I wanted to hunch over so I didn't stretch my belly skin or th incision but it got harder the longer I hunched over. Third, hormone replacement is important, however you choose to do it. Make sure your Docs are regulating levels based on how you feel, not what your blood work says. I had an estrogen patch on me when I came out of surgery. Keep an eye on your thyroid levels as well. Those are just suggestions, of course, I will email my whole story, most of which is on my blog, to you asap ;0)

kenna said...

oh i had better get some pain pills. my pre op will not be complete with out the knowledge that i'll be taken care of. . .

i have written down a lot of questions, so hopefully that will help, thanks ashley!

and aj, my sister in law is buying me a nice pillow for just that! as far as hormones they are leaving my right ovary in to hopefully keep me from going into surgical menopause, but they won't know for sure until they go in there. if it's covered in endo like the left one is, it'll have to come out.

eesh, thanks for all your comments ladies! keep 'em coming! it's helping!

Jessica GaleForce said...

I don't know much about this but something I do know and can say is that I love you, and you are something might and courageous to behold!

Kristin said...

Hope you get great advice. I had a uterine ablasion instead of a hysterectomy, which was a much simpler procedure.

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