Recovery after Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – Vicki’s Story

Hi my name is Vicki and I am 44 years old. I had a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) on the 17th of September, so I am 6 weeks and 2 days into my recovery. The reason for my TAH was like so many women the discovery of a very large fibroid, im not sure of the exact size of it but my incision had to be vertical due to the size of the fibroid.

When I was first told I was having this operation I felt a real sense of loss and a part of me felt like a failure as a ‘woman’, apparently this is quite normal so if you feel this you are not alone.

I really wanted to post on this forum to let people know that I feel absolutely fine after the op, yes I have taken it easy and still am to a cetain degree, but I have been able to drive from 4 weeks, at first I only did little journeys but have not built it up so I can get out and about as the boredom of been stuck at home was driving me crazy. I have taken all the medical advice given to me but more importantly I have listened to my own body, it has a way of telling you if you have done too much.

So if you have been told the news that you need to have the op, please don’t be scared, hopefully like me you will be well on the way to recovery within 6 weeks.

I really hope this may help some people put their minds at rest before they have this operation.

Vicki
x

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87 comments

  1. Hello ladies I am due to have my TAH ,flopian tubes as well as both my ovaries taken in a couple of weeks and to be honest I can’t wait to be out the constant pain that I suffer daily from severe endometriosis, I feel very nervous about the operation just wondering if anyone has any advice for after the operation thanks x

  2. Wow..everybody is so different. I’m on week 4 after TAH removal of 6 fibroids & tubes+ cervix. Aside from the first week with staples across my stomach, I’ve felt fine. I was driving at 2.5 weeks, grocery shopping & carrying on with normal life ( aside from obvious no strenuous lifting or exertion) and have not felt a wink of pain since then. Hang in there ladies!

  3. Hi

    I am 3 weeks post hysto. Im 44 and have had everything removed. So far iv had a few hot flushes but nothing major. Im tired and not sleepiang without medication. I have not lost my desire to sleep with my partner in fact quite the opposite im missing the closeness and togetherness so much its killing me. I have had some bleeding which has now died down and i just have a redish brown discharge. I have no pain but am very impatient to carry on with my life.
    How long do i really need to refrain from sex if im feeling healthy and well

  4. Hello im 3 weeks post op tah/bso
    Im having major night sweats and my mood is up and down.
    Im still very sore and the left side of my tummy gives me pain.. im into the unknown here myself hun and im finding it a bit weird.. i spoke with my gp about hrt but she wants to leave giving me anything until my body settles down..

  5. Had my tah 7 weeks ago kept my ovaries… First week was tough but got better from there. Back to work and I feel great ???I’m a dental assistant so very busy and I’m just fine.

  6. Hi my name is Wendy I had my total hysterectomy July 28 2916 I’m nearly on my 7 week doing OK but my left side of stomach isn’t there yet just feel like constant belly ache have not driven yet as I’m listening too my body I do a little each day some days are better than others but I guess it’s part of the recovery .

  7. I had a full hysterectomy on the 30th June (only 2 weeks ago). Some days I feel as if I have turned a corner but then the following day I feel fairly deflated! My friends and family keep telling me it is a very big operation to have had done. Each day does makes a small difference, and I know it is just a matter of time before I have the spring back in my step. My daughter said I have lost my sparkle, but I am sure that will return some day soon…………

  8. I had my hysterectomy on the day of this post and yes I had symptoms pretty quick but nothing terrible. Hot flashes and easily crying. This happened about a week after surgery. If it isn’t happening enjoy! ?

  9. Hi, I’m 6 weeks post op hysterectomy with one ovary left and I’m much better now but I really want to know whether I can fast during Ramadan. Please suggest if anyone can help. Thanks in advance.

  10. Hi there I had my total hysterectomy and ovary removal on the 18th March and it was five weeks before I started having my first flush as I was told I might feel if straight away. I thought I was going to get away with it at first x

  11. I am in my 6th week of a TAH, I have not tried driving yet because having issues with my right hand side because of alot of scar tissue being cut away. I have been signed off work for a further 2 weeks to hopefully make sure my right side settles and stop hurting. I have been listening to my body and resting when needed and no heavy lifting! I do get out of the house now and again when my partner is not working. Getting a bit bored now especailly because the weather is nice but I do go out for a little walk up and down the street. Hopefully will start driving by the end of this week and in the next 2 weeks be fully fit and back to normal.

  12. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy last Friday. This included removal of my ovaries. I am waiting for menopause signs as I was told I would go straight into it. Does anyone have experience of this?

  13. I had a full abdominal a week ago. The incision pain diminishes a little every day and I do my best to walk routinely without over doing it. Lying down and certain positions are challenging but realizing it’s all part of the healing process keeps me positive. Grateful the 2 lb fibroid that was wrapped around my uterus is gone and I’m finally on the mend. Be patient, mediate and keep in mind it’s only a matter of time when you’ll be back to your old self.

  14. I had a hysterectomy last Thursday. I was also scared and anxious. It has been a process. I will say I worried for nothing. It isn’t half as bad as I imagined it would be.

  15. hello I am due on Monday to have total abdominal hysterectomy , I am scared but keep trying not to think too much although it is hard, good luck to you ,

  16. Had a radical hysterectomy at your (take everything including uterus, cervix and omentum and lymph nodes there as well as lymph glands further down) because I had borderline ovarian cancer. They also removed my appendix and tightened up my pelvic floor which was just great because now I don’t pee when I sneeze even 11 years later – I’m 62 now. I was in menopause so I noticed no difference hormone-wise.

    Had a general anesthetic – no epidural. Woke up in a little discomfort and was hooked up to a urinary catheter and morphine drip that I could self administer with an overdose guard. Lots of metal stitches! I never was in pain but kept up the morphine for two days when I was moved to Tylenol 3’s. They remove catheter (didn’t even really notice) and get you out of bed on day two to go the washroom. That was a tough walk but not painful. Out of the hospital on day 4 and recovery was 7 weeks with 2 weeks being limited movement – no stairs and have to say feel happily ever after. I was experiencing on and off heavy bleeding up to that point and had very low iron so had to take iron pills which were hard on the stomach. The surgeon did a great job on the incision which is hardly noticeable and removed a vertical line of hair I did not like! But the best was not peeing myself when I sneezed unexpectedly!!! I love this and I loved that my labia was pulled up too so looked more like when I was young!

    Just be careful getting out of bed the first time. I actually did it without nursing help – bad idea – I injured a nerve that governs skin sensation in upper thigh which made it feel like on fire when touched. It took a year to recover from that – very hard to shave that part of my leg and couldn’t wear pantyhose. It’s fine now, just a little numbness that I only notice when I pay attention to it.

    So fear not. But get your surgeon to tighten up your pelvic floor – absolutely necessary!

  17. I am 66 and had a total abdominal hysterectomy a week ago today. I had it because my sister was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer earlier this year which puts me at an increased risked to develop it. I was very surprised at the amount of pain I’ve had and still have. Getting up and down are quite painful and turning over in bed is painful too. I’m still taking hydrocodone. I get my sutures out in two days and will see what my surgeon has to say then. I was on clear liquids the two days before surgery and lost 4 pounds. After surgery I was only on water; day after, clear liquids until dinner, when I was advanced to full liquids. The second day after surgery I was on a regular diet and went home after lunch. I weighed myself the next morning and I had gained 5 pounds! I was shocked, thinking I would probably have lost a little bit more than my morning of surgery weight. I have also felt kind of bloated. I don’t know if this is normal or not, but it’s been very disappointing. I’m not allowed to drive for two weeks and really have no desire to at this point. I’ve followed all doctor’s instructions and for the most part have take it easy, although there was a death in our very close friends’ family while I was in the hospital and I did go to the visitation and funeral.
    My incision isn’t so much what’s painful, it’s all across my low abdomen, kind of inside, with a very sore spot on my right side public bone. They had to get through a lot of previous surgery scar tissue, so I know that’s part of the pain, but I just never thought I’d have this much pain. I also get tired in the afternoon and usually take a nap. I’m ready for some improvement.

  18. I am due to have a radical hysterectomy on October 7th 2015 {next weds} due to a complex ovarian cyst that is 23cms in size and a family history of ovarian cancer.
    I have to say I am absolutely frightened to death about the surgery but I know my life will be so much better after the surgery, as at the moment I look and feel 8 month pregnant.
    just wondered if anyone else is due surgery within the next few days.

  19. hi, i am having a total hysterectomy in a few weeks… i am 33 years old and wondered how long would i expect ot be in hospital for please. also did anyone put on weight or have any problems please. Many thanks scared.com

    x

  20. First of all I think finding a great ob gym doctor to be the most important step to having an abdominal hysterectomy. I’m in the Conway arkansas area. Dr. Sward did my surgery. I received the best of care before and after my surgery. No problems at all. Im in to my 5th week after my surgery. I’m getting my energy level back and wanting to get back to my normal routine. I see my doctor next week. I already feel a sense of relief. I had multiple fibroid tumors. One rather large one. They we’re causing me a lot of constant pain and hemoraging type of bleeding. I feel lighter on my feet already. I am healing so much faster than I expected. I was so nervous to be having the surgery but it’s all in being able to trust your doctor. Do research on your doctors reputation. My children were so helpful to me. I don’t feel any sadness over the loss of my uterus and all. I am 54 years old with four children and lots of grandchildren.

  21. Hello I’m new to this sorry . I had a total hysterectomy due to cervical cancer. The procedure went well. I stayed in hospital for 4 days, only because I was eager to leave, they encourage 6 days. I was very lucky with the support I had. What would we do without parents. .going home was scary with a 6 year old, but as I said u need support, I’m Just commencing my third week of recovery . Each day you notice certain things get easier or better. You cope with the discomfort . Take the medication given. each day I put new targets in place. Today I finally walked my daughter to school .yippee can finally feel like a mommy again,instead of everyone else taking her.. My advice till date . Keep your bowels going as normal as possible. Try and dri k as much fluild as possible and eat i found this hard , as my appetite went. Have friends take u out as much as possible. You will feel tried but a smile hides a lot. my question is how long before the swelling around my abdoman starts to reduce so I don’t have to wear leggings,I’m missing my jeans, and does anyone know When can I start to go swimming. Thank u ladies

  22. Hi,I had an abdominal hysterectomy on dec,2014, recovery has been good still have some pain according to how I move or position my body. The hardest part was shower and getting in bed to position myself to sleep.i find myself tired faster.when is the best time to start excercise after surgery.what also is the normal recovery time for abdominal hysterectomy had a bikini cut.

  23. hi lisa how are you feeling did you have your op last week i had mine on monday feel very emotional today and uncomfortable did you feel the same xx

  24. I am 10 days post surgery and doing really well. The first few days are really awful, take any drugs available! I started walking as soon as I could (day 2) and I think that is really helpful. I found walking easier than getting up and down our of bed or chairs. I think walking also got my bowels moving, which was quite a big deal. Make sure you take some sort of fibre straight after the surgery . I also found a lot of my pain was in fact, wind pain! Apparently quite common. When I got out of hospital I went straight to the chemist and they gave me some de-gas (much to my children’s amusement) and Gavison and that helped heaps within a day! So, there are some helpful hints! Good luck with the surgery 🙂

  25. Hello all. First off I would like to apologize in advance for any spelling or grammar mistakes, eng is not my first language! I had a tah on the 2nd of june (almost 3 weeks post op now), been very good with the whole do nothing.. Even learned how to knit lol. Today I have way more pain than the previous week, when I laid in the bath I washed the incision site with soap and water and felt a heavy hardness just above the incision at exactly the same place that the pain comes from the whole day. Its also very tender and has a pulling sensation. You can actually feel the hardness like a ‘knob’. Can only get to the dr on monday and I’m wondering if its something to worry about. I have been sitting in very strange positions the whole day, can that have something to do with it? Incision is healed beautifully, no problems there. Thanx so much for your time 🙂 oh, I’m 31

  26. i am 29 years old I am due to have an abdominal hysterectomy on the 25th july 2014,can anyone tell me and help me to not feel nervous and scared about having the procedure done. Its needing done due to have very heavy periods and a lot of pain for around 7 years.I have 5 kids so I am quiet happy to have the surgery but just wants some reassurance on the surgery.
    Thank you in advance

  27. I had a TAH in a renowned teaching hospital on 11 March 2014 because of a suspected cancerous ovarian cyst. Despite a slightly weeping wound I was discharged after 4 days and given a couple of dressings to take a way with me. 2 days later, I was admitted to my local hospital suffering from an infection and cellulitis. While I was receiving IV antibiotics I received a telephone call from the teaching hospital to say the tumour was benign. That news was obviously wonderful (all the other women I was in hospital with had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a v late stage) but 4 weeks on from the TAH my wound still hasn’t healed and I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t had the operation at all. I’m 56 and have never really been ill before – now my life is centred around daily appointments with the practice or community nurse.

  28. I had my TAHLSO 4 weeks ago and I’m totally fine. Can drive short distances after 2 weeks, but didn’t overdo it. Bowel & urinating is normal. I eat plenty of guava meat and drink lots calamansi & pineapple juice, plus i’m taking multi vit. My incision is bikini cut & it dried after the 3rd day of surgery. I did not experience any abdominal swelling. I think my ob surgeon was a very good one. I didn’t feel any tiredness. Maybe because i managed the walking exercise well. Hope everyone is feeling better. God Bless!!

  29. You need to do enough to encourage the body to heal but not so much that you over do it. It’s a fine line that is different for everyone, but generally pain will indicate you’ve done too much or that there’s a problem which needs checking.

  30. I had a total radical hysterectomy just over a week ago, feeling ok very tired, my tummy is very swollen and is very tender to touch just after the first week, I think I might be doing too much walking around maybe but just sitting and lying down is hurting my back and bottom

  31. I am 65 and had a full abdominal hysterectomy two weeks ago because of a prolapsed uterus. A cyst showed up on a scan which turned out to be benign. The thought of this operation really scared me but I’m amazed how good I felt afterwards – apart from the first two days. Home after five days and taking it easy. Bowels are the biggest problem as it can be quite painful but am taking something to make it easier. My advice would be listen to your body and most important try and get fit before the operation as I was told the reason why my recovery is going so well is because I am a fit person.

  32. I am due to go in2 hosiptal 4 a full hesterectomy and im so scared.. I have also got fribroids.. I also had ablation done did`nt work… Suffered with my periods 4 so long just want it all 2 b over and done with… Sick of being in pain each month…

  33. Tomorrow I go in for a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy. I have suffered for 5 years now trying everything from the coil to tablets to even having an ablation. I have been telling the Doctors for years that something isn’t right. I finally saw the Head Gynae 4 weeks ago and found my womb is back to front and enlarged by 5 times the size it should be, it is also packed solid with fibroids, with 2 fibroids so big that they take up 75% of the womb. Needless to say I am frightened and scared. Watch this space…………………..

  34. Hi I am I 45 year old very fit farmer, I have struggled with constant fibroid related period problems, which wasn’t the easiest to manage on the farm! I had a full hysterectomy on the 12th July.
    This has blown me away, it is far more painful than the two caesarean I have had. After good recovery in the first week, I am now struggling with the bloated feeling. It is quite similar to the stretched tummy feeling when pregnant, it can’t be that!
    The advice from the women’s health department was to stop the anti-inflamatries and we will see you in 4 weeks!
    I am wrapped that I have been able to hear of similar post op concerns, now I won’t worry, I will keep on walking, think of fellow women in the same position, and pray for good lambing weather!
    6 weeks is only a short time in the window of a life time, and I am sure we will all feel 1000 times better, more energy, lighter, and healthier inside and out. I look forward to getting back to Zumba and battling the middle age spread! Oh the joys!, hang in there fellow ladies.

  35. hi Sharon, I am 39 years old and at age 38 I had a hysterectomy due to fibroids that were in my uterus for more than 8 years, I experienced hardness, could not sit down for longer than an hour. It was even tough as I was busy studying so I had to prepare for my exams lying on my belly or on my back and it was not fun, the swelling of my belly gave me a lot of concerns, but now I am feeling much better but then still worry a bit if my inner part of my belly is cured and if all is well, sometimes I feel like a wreck since Ive had all my 3 children through a caesarean and had to be made to sleep five times during the operations. I pray and wish that I should never go under the knife anymore in my life and I also wish not to go for any anaesthetic anymore.. what keeps me positive is my faith in God and my sometimes positive family. so be strong and you are not alone. find meaning within your faith and do things you love, be good and excel ore in those things that makes you shine. and you will feel great..

  36. Hi. I’m 35 years, I’ve had TAH done 3 weeks ago on 14 June 2013, due to endometriosis, chronic PID and multiple ovarian cysts on my left ovary. My right ovary was removed when I was 18 years due to ovarian cyst. My Gynae advised that he will not remove the remaining ovary. My question is will I be normal again, will the cysts be a problem again or i’m just stressing my self over nothing. Thank you

  37. hi,

    I will be having a total hysterectomy (include the removal of the ovaries), what will be the symptoms after. Some friends that I will feel hot very often is that true?

    What precautions shall I take after the operation for a good recovery.

    Is it very painful after or will I be able to bear it.

    Thank you

  38. hi,

    I will be having a total hysterectomy (include the removal of the ovaries), what will be the symptoms after. Some friends that I will feel hot very often is that true?

    What precautions shall I take after the operation for a good recovery.

    Is it very painful after or will I be able to bear it.

    Thank you

  39. My name’s Lucy. I’m 40. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy 11 weeks ago now due to fibroids – one the size of a large grapefruit, I was told afterwards. Luckily, i still have my ovaries and there was no cancer so i’ve just had womb and cervix removed through a vertical abdominal incision due to size of fibroid. I was worried about the operation for weeks beforehand but have been pleasantly surprised how much better I feel for having it done. I was advised to take 2 weeks complete rest or total convalescence and then gradually start to build up activity levels. Not lifting anything heavy for 6-8 weeks. I found the information they give you in hospital enough. I followed the advice and I would say I felt a lot better after 5 weeks in terms of energy etc. I was so pleased to find I’d lost 3/4 stone in weight. I ate a high fibre diet and drank lots of water as I used to get so constipated. For the first two weeks after the operation I would have pain equivalent to strong labour pain on going to the toilet, but this subsided over time. It feels great to have no bleeding and my sexual appetite has improved over the past few weeks. No need to have any more cervical smears and no need to think about contraception. I worried about sex post-hysterectomy before. The only negative symptom I have now is that I keep feeling dizzy. This may be because I’m feeling well and might have been overdoing things lately. I hope women find this reassuring and helpful. Life for me without womb and fibroids is certainly a lot better and lighter.

  40. Hi Kuku, it would be great if I could advise you what you should do, but unfortunately I can’t, only you can make that decision. You need to be absolutely certain that this surgery is what you want to do.

  41. dear linda,from the last so many years i am getting inflammatory smear in my pap smear report,in sept last year my gayne did my endomentrial biopsy and cervical punch biopsy,my reports showed mid to late secretory endometrium and chronic cervicitis,she also did electro cauterization of the cervix,after that still i am getting inflammatory smear ,now she has advised me to go for total abdominal hysterectomy,otherwise i am having regular periods for 4 to 5 days after 27 days,but i get clots with my periods.dear please guide me what should i do,should i get my tah done immediately or i can wait for some more time,how much time,thank you.

  42. I am due a hysterectomy on the 19 th April they are leaving my overies but I can’t have keyhole surgery so will be cut I am worried but can anyone tell me when I can fly as I feel I need the sun to help me recover xx

  43. Hi, I’m recovering from my hysterectomy which I had on the 5th Dec. I had my cervix and womb removed after having firbroids. I also have itchy scars but a bit of bio oil usually helps. My problem is ‘granulation’ over the sutures. I started getting a green discarge which turned out to be granulation. My consultant did a minor procedure to sort this out but it returned again. Is this a common problem as I think I have it again (third time).

  44. My fibroid was discovered at 8cm and I was told by my doctors there was no point removing it (2008) as I was approaching the menopause and it would shrink. I am now 50 – my fibroid is 14cm and shows no signs of going anywhere. I now have to have a full abdominal op just to get it out. I am very angry, and very worried as it is sitting on my bladder and no guarantees they can go in through my old caesarian scar. I need advice and it is very thin on the ground !

  45. Hi
    I had a TAH on the 27th Feb 2013, I feel great 🙂
    I started HRT Evorel 50 a week later, but had a tight calf anf have ringing in my ear so after a week i took off the patch to see if was related to the ringing, seems it isnt.
    I have not had any Menopausal symptoms as yet so may hang on until I do before starting another form of HRT.
    Best wishes to all who have had the op and good luck to those pending, you will never look back xx

  46. I had a Laparoscopic Total Hysterectomy on the 6 March 2013 and you would not think I had had any surgery! I was up walking about on the evening of the surgery and am pain free. My only problem is with constipation! My tummy is slightly tender but I’m up and mobile. I’m off work for the next four weeks and at the moment I’m dreading it! Maybe the lack of hormones etc hasn’t kicked in yet. I’m not tired all the time like I thought I would be and not spaced out on pain relief. I even asked my Consultant if he had actually done anything….really shocked it would be this easy. Maybe the worse is to come? Good luck to you all….x

  47. Hi, I am 36 and just had a total hysterectomy on 28th Feb 2013 due to a large fibroid. I have to say that the pain is more bearable then I intended and I am able to walk around the house and shower with little discomfort. I do get tired frequently and rest as much as I can. I think its all about doing what your body is telling you to and not over doing it

  48. hi, i am 44 and having an abdominal hysterectomy on the 13th of march due to a very large fibroid. I am getting nervous but I have lots of friends tell me everything will be fine. I am also getting scared about having my stomach cut. I have had 4 children and have no scars from them. I feel that my new husband is going to look at me different having this scar. how do I get past these feelings I am having? I will be glad when it is all over with I have had nothing but painful periods for years that part will be a relief.

  49. I am 38, having a hysterectomy in a few weeks. I am completely healthy other than this. I have multiple fibroids and an orange size cyst on my ovary. My doctor will have to do the abdominal hysterectomy through my c-section. Unfortunately I have just started a new job working from home and am concerned with having to take a full six weeks off. Do you think it is realistic that I would be able to work from home two weeks post op? I am in software development so can work from a laptop anywhere in the house…

  50. Hi, I am 64 due to have abdominal hysterectomy in about 3 months time, due to large fibroid. I shall have injection to try and shrink fibroid so I will be able to have keyhole surgery,if not it will be bikini line. Has anyone else had this procedure?

  51. Hi Karen, Like you I had a large fibroid and a large ovarian cyst which together made me look 6 mths pregnant. I had a full hysterectomy and removal of cervix on 13th Feb. The surgeon said they weighed 7lb and I am feeling a lot better now. I am 46 and am waiting for symptoms of menopause but apart from interrupted sleep pattern and a feeling of being detached I am pleased with my decision.
    I wish you well and a positive outcome x

  52. Hi Sharon
    Thank you for your comments, I had a full hysterectomy, including my ovaries removed on Feb 7th and was so pleased to hear someone else has an aversion to knickers due to numbness! I can’t bear them on my abdomen at all and have resorted to wearing really big tights instead!! I must say I have been shocked by the level of pain I have experienced since the operation, I had no idea that pain could be this bad. Things have improved, although rather slowly. When does the swelling at the end of the day stop? It’s good to hear that how I’m feeling is normal.x

  53. hi their like you im having the total op fri 15 feb, i have endeo so its best thing to do, but im scared about the hrt,
    ive been having the prosrap3 injection which has made me poorly ive had two seizures one in dec and one last week since having the injection never had seizures before so i cant wait for it all to be over feel so fed up and ive been bleeding very heavy so the injection never helped at all ;-( tracey

  54. It’s generally recommended that you avoid sex for at least six weeks, this is so that the internal wounds have time to heal and minimises the risk of infection. You can always visit your GP for a check-up if you want to 🙂

  55. Hi all, I had a full abdominal hystorectomy on 17th January, I’m almost 4 weeks post surgery yet my check up isn’t for another 5 weeks. Apart from the usual scar discomfort & tiredness I’m recovering well. I had my cervic removed during the surgery but I still have my overies. My question is when is it safe to have intercourse? The leaflet I was given at the hospital states from 4-6 weeks but ‘some women may prefer a cuddle’ which is very random. I’ve seen on another sight that you should do anything internally until you’ve had your check up? Does anyone have any advise please xx

  56. Hi there, I am 38 and had an abdominal hysterectomy in Aug 2012, exactly like you I was rather young to have it done, I had a spinal with mine which has left me with a slight twitchy left leg, Like you my tummy was really sore and tender for weeks after, my scar was very itchy and still is some days it is unbearable to have anything touch it !!! My post op check up was not til 8 weeks after my op but they told me these were all side effects following the op, I did have a couple of weeks in Dec with lots of tears from nowhere and can’t explain why but I think it is your body trying to settle to having no womb anymore, I’m okay now but fully understand how you feel as there is no help for you after the op and it is hard to know what to expect, I think the hospital could do with printing a booklet on ‘life after a hysterectomy’ really, Fingers crossed all will settle down for you and hope you feel better to know you are not alone x x

  57. Hi, Im 38 and have just been told I need a Hysterectomy incuding overy and cervix removal, this is due to a fybroid the size of a 20 week pregnancy! Im more worried about the menopause and HRT than the op, any advice 🙂

  58. Im 45 years old and just had an abdominal hysterectomy jan 9th! I too had many enlarged fibroids and this was the only route to go. Im going crazy being homebound and I hope my body tells me I could work a little part time after 4 weeks. I’m in the restaurant business and can’t financially afford to stay out of work for so long. I feel a little better but I also have tingling and hardness above my incision. I havent had any side effects. If theres no side effects does a woman still need estrogen and horomone pills?

  59. I’m having an adominal hysterectomy & Burch style bladder repair(?) on Feb 5, I can not wait to get it going. I have had pelvic pain for years and finally tired of it….I’m actually forward to getting it done…..I not one bit nervous (yet). Sometimes I question the pain during recovery but I keep trying to be positive of the long term results of no more pelvic pain….well wishes to everyone

  60. Hi how are you feeling now, I am the same age and have been diagnosed with a large fibroid, my doc wants to do the op the abdominal surgery cut way but I wanted the keyhole surgery because of the recovery time – do you feel ok now . Did you have to have the prostap injection before your op to reduce the fibroids

  61. i am 30 and had a full abdominal hysterectomy on the 11th of december due to failed treatment for my endometriosis and this being my last option! The relief to have alredy lost this terreible pain and none stop bleeding I have suffered with for the last ten years of my life is unreal. my last bleed lasting 34 weeks and having to take morphine pain relef just to be able to get through the day looking after my three young children is what made us make the final dicisision to have the op. I know it is the best one I have ever made. I am recovering very well and have listen to my body all the way.
    I do tho have a few things that are bothering me slightly and have found there are not many people to talk to over these with my follow up appiontment not being till I am 8 weeks post op so am after so help and support. my scar is very numb my beely keeps swelling and going hard by the end of the day is this to be expected? The numbness is becoming a huge issue as I can no longer bear to wear knickers even after investing in granny ones!!!! I am also starting to get some mood swings seeming to be very sharp one minute to being in tears the next` with my age none of my friends are or have been in this situtitation yet so would love to know if anyone else has suffered with this and has advise on how to handle it xx

  62. I am 43 and have had a partial abdominal hysterectomy on December 18th due to a very large Fybroid as well. I am 4 weeks into my recovery time and I have noticed that there is still alot of numbness along the bottom part of my belly and around the area`s that they went in laparoscopically. Along with that I am still swollen and very tender. I am still unable to shower and dress with out feeling extremely tired. Has any one else experienced these symptoms? If so, what have you done to over come this ?

  63. Thank you ladies for sharing your thoughts. My name is Clare and i am 38 years old. After having a laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and thermal ablation to confirm my endometriosi, an MRI scan showed i also had Adenomyosis as well. I will be having my my total abdominal hysterectomy in 3 weeks. I am scared but positive in the knowledge that I will be pain free 🙂

  64. Had a total hysterectomy in november. i am feeling better each day but my tummy is quite swollen. i am 50 and wonder if there is anything particular i should be doing to ease the swelling. Best wishes to all awaiting surgery as we approach christmas.
    Anne xx

  65. I am 51, and due to have my hysterectomy on 27th December, with the added complication of having COPD. I’m terrified, but can’t wait till its all over

  66. Thanks Vicki. I’m having my Op 18th Dec!! Have the same as you. I’m 51! I’m pretty scared… Can’t wait till its all over…:(

  67. Like Vicki my hysterectomy was due to a large fibroid, and I has a similar experience. Her advice is absolutely correct – listen to your own body. I am a very strong willed person who works more hours than is good for your health. Last year after my operation (end November) I took the advise she is offering. Each day I worked for a couple of hours on my computer then my body told me to relax. For the first time ever I took notice and tucked myself up on the settee with the much needed sugar free cranberry juice and a good silly Christmas movie followed by a couple of hours sleep.

    My recovery was fantastic. 4 weeks signed off to drive and back to work at 6 weeks. Silly hours kicked in again after a while but feel I would not have recovered so quick if I had not listened to what my body was telling me.

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