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Should I have a hospital check-up after my hysterectomy?

Question: I had my hysterectomy six weeks ago and I’ve been reading from some other ladies that they are going to have a check-up at the hospital. I haven’t been given an appointment or told to see anyone, is this normal?

Answer: In the UK, each hospital applies it’s own rules about what is and isn’t appropriate when it comes to post operative check-ups. Some provide women with an appointment between six and ten weeks after their operation, others suggest they visit their GP at six weeks and put this in the discharge notes; but many more don’t make any appointment or recommendation at all, and they are not required to do so either.

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If you are concerned about your recovery, and you don’t have a check-up booked, then there is no reason why you can’t make an appointment with your GP yourself for a quick internal examination to make sure everything is healing properly.

 

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational coach and founder of the Hysterectomy Association. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in the adoption and engagement of digital technologies. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. HI
    I haven’t been given an apt yet I had my tlh on the 7th Dec. I have tried calling the hospital but they really don’t seem to be interested.

  2. I was given a follow up appointment for 8 weeks after my TVH but didnt get to see the consultant it was one of his team who really didnt seem interested when i ask some questions about possible prolapses, period type pains and lower backache i still have, she told me there was no cancer in the biopsy and i would need to see my GP about gushing urine when coughing or sneezing i already knew it would be a urology issue but she was dismissive and got the impression she basically wanted me gone so never got to ask other questions i wanted to ask.
    I knew consultants are super busy but i think the person u see at your follow up should be more read up on your casenotes i left the clinic upset but will be returning later in year for a vault smear with the nurses hopefully they will be able to go through my casenotes as the whole process for me has been very overwelming

  3. I think regular consultations, not necessarily check ups with a GP or other professionals, eg. a physiotherapist or psychologist etc are necessary. I say this because doing the right exercises depending on your individual situation is important. I discovered after I tried to use medication for relaxation that was prescribed by my doctor that, the medication’s effectiveness was complimented by my sleeping position on a right type of sleeping pillow; which I was shown by my physiotherapist. Before this I used to wake up too often at night. At the moment, I am sleeping right through the night, even when I wake up, I go back to sleep almost immediately. I am now able to slowly deal with my anxiety properly with the help of the medication I am given. Like you I only had 2 consultations with my gynaecologist after coming out of the hospital. He said I was okay, but I on my own decided to go back to my Doctor. Hope my experiences are helpful to you.

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