Hysterectomy question

  1. Hello all. I am getting ready to have a hysterectomy and wanted some input from any of you who have had one. I'm only 34 but I've been dealing with several female issues for about 4 years and since I'm done having children my GYN suggested this route. I will have both ovaries as well as my uterus taken out. What has been your experience? I look forward to my pain being relieved and no more periods but wonder what other issues I will have to deal with now. My dr. has already stated that I would be put on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. I've been reading up on all of this but still would really appreciate some feedback. Also, I'm getting ready to start school this summer and have a husband that works offshore so timing is very important. Is there something that the dr. can do to either make me start my cycle early or delay it all together? Thanks in advance!
    Last edit by nurse34 on May 2, '05
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  3. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from nurse34
    Hello all. I am getting ready to have a hysterectomy and wanted some input from any of you who have had one. I'm only 34 but I've been dealing with several female issues for about 4 years and since I'm done having children my GYN suggested this route. I will have both ovaries as well as my uterus taken out. What has been your experience? I look forward to my pain being relieved and no more periods but wonder what other issues I will have to deal with now. My dr. has already stated that I would be put on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. I've been reading up on all of this but still would really appreciate some feedback. Thanks in advance!
    Boy, I hope Brian doesn't mind me recommending a website:

    http://www.hystersisters.com

    Awesome website. The community support was very helpful to me when I was approaching my TAH.

    NurseFirst
  4. by   CardioTrans
    Totally agree with the site that NurseFirst recommended.

    I had a hysterectomy back in 2002. That site was a true blessing!!!
  5. by   EarthChild1130
    I had my TAH/BSO in 2000 at the ripe young age of 23 after several years of endometriosis/PCOS and failed attempts at conception, and I was VERY relieved to finally have it done!

    I was very happy to have a doctor that was not only willing to answer my questions, but encouraged me to ASK!

    I have had no problems other than absolutely NO sex drive, which is now being helped along with monthly injections of estradiol/testosterone after trying the pills we could think of...that's seriously been the only problem I've had...

    I guess another factor in your recovery would be if you're having a vaginal vs. abdominal hysterectomy, because things are different for each one.

    Good luck!
  6. by   Sis123
    Ooops. Sorry for the dup.
    Last edit by Sis123 on May 3, '05
  7. by   DDRN4me
    i had a vag hyst in 200o, 3 weeks after my graduation from ADN program and 3 days after i passed my boards. was back to work in 3 weeks .My life has been so much better , no more pain or being cooped up and feeling miserable. i do still have my ovaries, so cant answer the hrt questions. just know it was the best thing i ever did for myself after 20 years!
  8. by   Sis123
    Hi Nurse34,
    [/QUOTE] I will have both ovaries as well as my uterus taken out. What has been your experience? [/QUOTE]

    When I had my TAH/BSO, life began anew. One with no more pain etc. :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:

    [/QUOTE]I look forward to my pain being relieved and no more periods but wonder what other issues I will have to deal with now. [/QUOTE]

    Some people do have negative effects from the surgery, so this is a risk, but I think tiny one. Of course I feel this way because I didn't have any. Your mileage may vary.

    [/QUOTE] My dr. has already stated that I would be put on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. [/QUOTE]

    I like the Vivelle dot. Works great, but more expensive than premarin. No pregnant mares caged up for my sake, though, and I like that.


    [/QUOTE]I've been reading up on all of this but still would really appreciate some feedback. Also, I'm getting ready to start school this summer and have a husband that works offshore so timing is very important. Is there something that the dr. can do to either make me start my cycle early or delay it all together? Thanks in advance![/QUOTE]

    Perhaps I am not understanding what you are asking here. If you have a TAH/BSO you will not have another period again, so no "timing" required. If you are planning to attend summer quarter and I assume fall quarter, what you might do is have your surgery right after your final exam for summer quarter and recuperate during your break. This may or may not be enough time to recover, but for sure you won't be able to have and then recover from major surgery if you are in the middle of a quarter!

    Hope this helps. Good luck and do check out the hystersister's site. It's very very good, lots and lots of info.
  9. by   jdkaos
    I also had a hyst. last summer, at the age of 33. It is the best thing I have ever done. I did leave my ovaries, but now am having problems with reoccuring cysts. My Dr. and I are now debating about wether to take out the ovaries, or go on birth control. The wat I look at it is either way I ma on hormones so let's just take them out.
  10. by   BadBird
    Some helpful hints: take your stool softener twice a day, do not drink any carbonated beverages (gas pains are the worst!), get lots of rest. Good luck to you.
  11. by   CathRN
    I was 32 when I finally gave up and had my hyst. I still have one ovary, so I can't answer about the HRT. I feel so much better now, I wish I would have had it done sooner. I had mine done vaginally, and was back at work within 4 weeks. It ahs truly been a blessing, I don't remember any side effects mentioned earlier, I just remember being sore for a while, and most of all no more periods, no pain, no constant bleeding. Good luck and keep up posted.
  12. by   Maine Critical Care
    I had mine last May by laparoscopic approach. They left my ovaries, tubes and cervix. I feel like a million bucks except for the fatigue. I had adenomyosis and was in pain 3 out of 4 weeks per month for about 15 years. Norco every three hours, vomiting with pain etc. To think I delayed due to fear of anesthesia. Go figure, thats an ICU nurse for you. I went home the next day, pain lasted 2 weeks (like a bad period) but then all is well.
    I like keeping my ovaries since they will let me have a slow menopause. My pre hyster hot flashes have now gone! Also I didn't lose my libido (my husband is glad) and am healthier than I have been for a long time since I'm not in pain all the time.
  13. by   wooh
    I only wish I'd found the hystersisters site prior to my surgery instead of during my recovery. I'd have been able to plan better! Everything you ever wanted to know from the gals that have been there!!
  14. by   Haunted
    I am almost 2 weeks post op TVH. Aww, what the heck, I am that 10% where everything went goofy. I think the more pre op information you can get your hands on, the better. Don't forget to file for temp disablity proir to your surgery. Your going to have lot's of down time so stock up on books, DVD's, magazines to focus on in between pain meds.

    I posted a thread about being an RN and being inpatient here if your curious, currently I have discharged my GYN (no return calls, NO F/U) and have an appointment with a new GYN today. Hopefully he can clean up the mess she left behind. Some tips I have learned:

    laying on your left side is most comfortable post op, bring a scrunchy pillow to the hospital for belly support.

    Start on maalox or gas x right away, most of the pain is from gas, your tummy will be tympanic! Do your best to stand at the bedside so it will settle in a "downward" direction.

    Stay on a clear, bland diet first few days. Milk of Mag in the evenings before bedtime (I use half dose) keeps things moving. Try not to strain.

    Stay on your pain meds. I have Vicodin, whic I depised in the past but I snap them in half during the day and they help with the crampy spasm type pain, (plus it takes my Doc's office almost a week to refill so I have to ration my meds, very nerve wracking)

    Mini pads, mini pads, mini pads. TVH spotting likely, TAH most likely not, but nothing can go inside your vagina for 6 weeks or until cleared by MD (I'll be an old lady if I wait for my current MD to clear me, the way they respond to patient needs)

    You won't want anything tight around your belly, I still wear my bikini panties but thongs? UGH Go shopping for some loose, 100% cotton lounge gowns, loose 2 piece outfits. You will have visitors and will feel better in lounging clothes rather than jammies.

    Short walks are great, I have a small dog and went for 10 minute walks, slowly starting at 3 days, with my DH. I did drive after a week, short distance to pharmacy, it was uncomfortable. Better to be a passenger.

    Register with the hyster sister website. They have check points for every step of the way that will address a lot of your questions. You may find your self disagreeing with some of the moderators and long termers points of view, it seems they do skate a very fine line regarding advice but it seems to make sense. Don't argue if they suggest a supplement, procedure etc. Many posters are from different parts of the country and they treat symptoms differently. You will find a lot of comfort and support.

    I'm loyal to this website. We all have some degree/interest in the medical field and are the best advice for treatment by MD's, nurses, how your experience is going overall. Bottom line, this surgery is happening to YOU.

    No one will ever completely understand how it affects you, positive or not, bewildered with questions or smooth sailing out of recovery. Your insights, what you thought about the inpatient experience, post op road to recovery are all really important to all of us. I wish you a seedy recovery. "L"

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