Have to have surgery dont wanna

  1. I am sorry if this is the wrong place to post this feel free to move it whereever it belongs. I have to have gallbladder surgery on the 12 of Aug. I also have to have a total hysterectomy at some point dt fibroid tumor on uterus, mass on ovary and hx of cervicle ca. I had wanted to do both at the same time but the surgeon does not feel that will be wise. He says people with fibro/lupus tend to heal more slowly and have a greater chance of complications so he only wants to do one at a time. Since I have inflammation and low grade temp he feels the gallbladder is the most immediate need. I am so upset and worried but I like the surgeon and I am sure he knows what he is talking about. One of my worst fears was pain control. Since I already take vicuprofen on a reg basis I was afraid they would not be able to control the post op pain. He has assured me that we will consult with a anestisologist pre surgery to make sure we have a pain control plan in place. So I do feel a bit better about that. I will stop whining now but thanks for listening.
    Last edit by angelbear on Jul 31, '03
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  3. by   Brownms46

    My Lord...My heart goes out to you... Your surgeon explanations are very reasonable, but I understand your desire to have done with it all at once. Whew...you have a lot on your shoulders, and I will be praying that everything goes well, and that before you know it, all this will be behind you.

    I think the best way to look at this is one step and one day at a time. Easy for someone who isn't facing all of this to say, but it's the only way to not be overwhelmed.

    I had fibroids also, and had a STAH done. I felt great afterwards, and healed very well. I was back to work within 4 weeks. But wouldn't reccomend it. I should have stayed out longer.

    So take care of yourself, and give yourself time to heal fully. I will keep you in my thoughts. So please let us know how things are going with you.
  4. by   P_RN
    Make sure your surgeon knows about the vicoprofen. You should stop any NSAID about a week to 10 days prior to surgery.
  5. by   jemb
    Are you having laparoscopic surgery?

    I'll be sending healing thoughts your way.

  6. by   angelbear
    Yes he knows about the vicuprophen and yes he intends to do it laparoscopically. It is to be done at an outpatient surgical clinic but he said if he ran into any problems whatsoever I would be transferred to the local hospital. He did not tell me to stop the vicuprofen just the asa. I wonder if I should call my gp and see about getting a pain med without any nsaids in them?
  7. by   sjoe
    The forum for this kind of post is called "The Break Room" which you will find at the bottom of the list of forums.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    As a woman facing a very likely gallbladder surgery in the near future (putting it off as much as possible,having had 2 surgeries in the past 2 years related to pregnancy loss), I feel for you! Boy, do I. I hope yours goes well and you heal completely. Please let us know how you are doing and hang tough!!!

    Best wishes!!!!
  9. by   BadBird
    Poor baby!!! {HUGS} I had a hysterectomy last summer which wasn't planned, I was supposed to just have my ovary and cysts removed, well let me tell you girlfriend!!! I feel great, it was the best thing that ever happened to me, for sure!!! Sooooooooo, don't fret, think how good you will feel when your surgeries are over and you are healed. Think better days are ahead and they will be.
  10. by   VickyRN
    I am very sorry you are facing this, Angelbear. I cannot imagine what you are feeling. About the double surgeries.... is it possible to get a second opinion?
  11. by   sphinx
    I have had both a cholecystectomy and a TAH/LSO. I had them both in the same year (except I had my hyst first). The gallbladder surgery was not bad at *all*. The pain was minimal compared to the pain the darn gallbladder had been causing me anyway!! The hyst was a longer recovery, but I think if you are upfront with your Dr and the anesthesiologist, your pain control needs should be met......one thing I learned is if you need the meds, take them. It sounds like common sense, but I was getting constipated from the Vicodin and cut way back after a bit, and boy that was a mistake-so I went back on it and just paid more attention to a bowel regime.

    The best thing is, these surgeries were the *best* things I could have done. The hysterectomy brought an end to many years of debilitating pain and heavy bleeding. The chole also ended some pretty nasty pain, and I can now eat without being in perfect agony!! My health is *much* improved now! I had these surgeries 6 months apart, BTW. Best of luck to you!!!!!!!