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Day 3 After Hysterectomy – Natalie’s Story

I am now day three after my hysterectomy and wanted to share my story. I have suffered with heavy, painful periods due to endometriosis since I was in my late teens. That coupled with 6 ovarian cysts over the years meant many laparoscopic procedures in a bid to remedy both the cyst and endometriosis symptoms. In December 2009 aged just 29 I had microwave ablation treatment and sterilisation with the hope of finally reducing my pain and heavy bleeding which was making normal life difficult.

The ablation helped for a short time by reducing the flow of my period however things slowly returned to normal over the next few years and much to my disappointment worsened. Having consulted my gynaecologist once again my only remaining option was to have a hysterectomy. I struggled with this news as I am only 34 and having such a major decision hanging over me weighed heavily for a number of months along with the choices which accompanied such a decision (i.e. removal of my cervix, ovaries, or keep them etc etc).

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Having spent many weeks researching my options I finally settled on a sub total laparoscopic hysterectomy which was carried out just 3 days ago. When the day of my surgery arrived I was absolutely terrified and swung from anticipation of a life without heavy painful bleeding to feeling sad at what I was facing at a relatively young age. I had read so many horrific stories of women having a hysterectomy and the pain and suffering afterwards that I just didn’t know what to expect when I woke up.

After 2 and a half hours in surgery I came round in the recovery room in a fair bit of pain which was quickly resolved with strong pain medication. I spend the next few hours asleep and awoke the next morning feeling surprising well. Tummy was very swollen and tender however after the removal of my catheter I was able to get myself out of bed and showered, and even managed a walk around the ward. I was discharged from the hospital less than 24 hours after my surgery and have continued my recovery at home.

As I write this I am currently 57 hours post surgery and whilst my tummy is still extremely tender, swollen and very bruised I feel remarkably well within myself and am managing the pain with only paracetamol. I am able to walk around the house (albeit slowly!) and need only a small nap during the day which I suspect is more to do with the anaesthetic still being in my system. I live alone with my daughter (6) and with plenty of planning, good friends and bulk freezing this hasn’t been a problem.

Whilst I recognise I still have some way to go on my recovery I wanted to share a positive hysterectomy surgery experience as most of what I read before my operation scared me senseless some days!

I wish all ladies facing this decision the strength and determination to get them through the tough months ahead and I hope your experience finally frees you from the reasons you arrived here.

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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 7 Comments
  1. I am 3 days post op and tbh I feel really quite well, yes I’m sore n bruised but the relief is so good, I’m already feeling the benefits of better bladder control and the bloating has subsided, just going to take it easy and day by day, but as it stands I have no regrets to surgery. I suffered endometriosis, fibroids n cysts. So now minus uterus and left ovary but here’s hoping that’s the end of many years of issues.

  2. I had TAH and BSO three weeks ago and generally I have been really surprised at how well I have felt. I was really worried before the op. Whilst I realise it is still early days, I wanted to share my generally positive experience. I had 2 nights in hospital, started oestrogen patches on release and started short walks out 5 days following surgery. I am doing more each day but being careful not to lift- so walks round the park and meeting for coffee! From what I had read on line, I was expecting far more problems.

    I realise that I have been really fortunate to have such a good experience, but I think there is so much on the net about problems that I wanted to post something positive.

  3. for readers facing LASH – I am 1 week on and feel ready to return to work! it is absolutely revolutionary. And believe me nobody could have been more scared about the potential outcomes pre-surgery than i was, so this has nothing to do with positive mental attitude 🙂 x

  4. Hi Donna,

    Sorry to hear what you have been through, it must be awful with the full abdominal hysterectomy, I was very fortunate that mine could be done laparoscopically.

    Have you spoke. With your GP about HRT? Hopefully that will help you out a little?

    Good luck with it all – I hope you feel better soon and have plenty of love and support to see you through xx

  5. Hi Natalie im 7 1/2 weeks post op after having a full abdominal hysterectomy im still bit swollen and not doing alot aroundthe house at the moment. Im having hot flushes now due to both ovaries being removed ive been weepy over the weeks but im on the mend to.
    You just take it easy let your family and friends run round after you and i hope you have a speedy recovery. X

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