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I am facing a hysterectomy.  The surgeon is unsure whether he can do it vaginally and may have to do an abdominal hyst if the uterus is too big.  So, I have a quoted recovery time of three weeks OR four to six.  I need an idea of how much help I’ll need around once getting home from the hospital from women who have had both procedures.  Will I need my friends to sleep over the first few nights?  Will they need to just stop by?   Will I be able to cook for myself?  Will I have to sleep in a recliner?  Anything that took you by surprise?  How has sex been since you had it?  I will be keeping the ovaries - YAY!




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      Georgiamamasita wrote Feb 9, 2010
    • Thanks!  The surgeon said I have a good 7-8 years of hormones left in the ovaries so I should keep them.  I am fine with that.  They don’t cause a lot of problems.  I like the protective factor of the estrogen on my heart and bones anyway....not looking forward to HOT flashes. happy




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      Marya1961 wrote Feb 9, 2010
    • Yes, been there and Terma is right about it all..unfortunately I went through three abdominal procedures and in the beginning they left the ovaries, but I developed a huge ovarian tumor (benign, thank God)..and the doctor left the other..lo and behold three years later the other had to be removed because of the same thing...so, needless to say, in my case, everything should have been taken from the beginning..I wish you well!estatic




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      Jenz ~ wrote Feb 9, 2010
    • Knocking on wood, I haven’t experienced this, but I am wishing you the very best and a very speedy recovery. heart




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      Leadinladytracy wrote Feb 9, 2010
    • I had my hysterectomy in Nov 2009 and it was the best decision of my life!!!

      The first week my husband was home and cooked my meals for me. You realy want to rest and take your pain meds ON TIME!!! This will make your recovery so much better. I even set my phone to wake me up in the middle of the night. I had my meds and water right near the bed. Do not try and be a hero and say oh I can take the pain. Take your meds that is what they are there for.

      The second week, I made my own meals. I use the crockpot a lot for meals so I was not on my feet as much. The crockpot was a Godsend!!!

      I was able to drive the 3rd week and I was like FREEDOM! But dont over do it. Allow your body to heal. I was out for 7 weeks.

      Lastly the best advice I got from a friend was to sleep as much as possible. My friend told me not to fight it because your healing is in your sleep. She was so right. I enjoyed my sleep, stayed off my feet and I did not have any problems.

      Sex is GREAT!!!! You never have to not have it because it is that time of the month and because you have cramps.  

      You never have to worry about wearing white either and that felt great.

      I still have my ovaries because I was only 45 and my doctor said the same thing, no need to take them out. This way you wont go through menopause earlier.

      I wish you the best and a speedy recovery.




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      Ladisheets wrote Feb 10, 2010
    • i have had nothing but good news since my; hyster.in october of 09

      i had no trouble,ihave never had children and had no idea what to expect. But it went real well. i could not have it vaginaly my uterus was too large because of large fibroid.

      Its been a great joy to have sex now. no bleeding, no pain. its all good now.  

      my husband is happy i did it too ha........
      best of luck to you!




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      Ladisheets wrote Feb 10, 2010
    • i have had nothing but good news since my; hyster.in october of 09

      i had no trouble,ihave never had children and had no idea what to expect. But it went real well. i could not have it vaginaly my uterus was too large because of large fibroid.

      Its been a great joy to have sex now. no bleeding, no pain. its all good now.  

      my husband is happy i did it too ha........
      best of luck to you!




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      Ladisheets wrote Feb 10, 2010
    • i have had nothing but good news since my; hyster.in october of 09

      i had no trouble,ihave never had children and had no idea what to expect. But it went real well. i could not have it vaginaly my uterus was too large because of large fibroid.

      Its been a great joy to have sex now. no bleeding, no pain. its all good now.  

      my husband is happy i did it too ha........
      best of luck to you!




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      Ladisheets wrote Feb 10, 2010
    • i have had nothing but good news since my; hyster.in october of 09

      i had no trouble,ihave never had children and had no idea what to expect. But it went real well. i could not have it vaginaly my uterus was too large because of large fibroid.

      Its been a great joy to have sex now. no bleeding, no pain. its all good now.  

      my husband is happy i did it too ha........
      best of luck to you!




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      Ladisheets wrote Feb 10, 2010
    • i have had nothing but good news since my; hyster.in october of 09

      i had no trouble,ihave never had children and had no idea what to expect. But it went real well. i could not have it vaginaly my uterus was too large because of large fibroid.

      Its been a great joy to have sex now. no bleeding, no pain. its all good now.  

      my husband is happy i did it too ha........
      best of luck to you!




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      Georgiamamasita wrote Feb 12, 2010
    • Thanks y‘all...hardest part is not knowing what I will wake up with...abdominal or vaginal....the difference is 3 or 6 week recovery.  I hate being out of work that long.  I will sleep, take it easy, not lift and call upon lots of support from friends.  Thanks so much!




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