Hi I’m 53 years old and have three children, here’s my hysterectomy story. After giving birth to my second and third children in 1999 and 2005, I had problems with my pelvic floor and had received NHS physio sessions to improve it, which it did a bit. In my late forties I took up running after discovering the NHS Couch to 5K and loved it.
Dr Oliver Boney is leading a nationwide project on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists to gather ideas about research priorities in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care. The focus of the Royal College resaerch is to improve the quality of care for anyone having an operation but to do that they need to know what both patients and clinicians feel are the most important things to focus on. As a result they are now running a survey asking patients, carers and relatives, about what areas of anaesthesia and perioperative care should be ‘research priorities‘ in the future.
There are a number of different types of anaesthetic and most hysterectomies are performed while the patient is under a full anaesthetic. This will knock you out throughout the operation and you will eventually come round in the recovery room. However, this type of anaesthetic can have side effects which may include nausea and dizziness, an incredible tiredness for several days, not being able to think clearly for at least 24 hours after your surgery. It can also take several months for the anaesthetic to work its way out of your body completely (drinking plenty of water and taking enough exercise can help this enormously).