I had my surgery full abdominal hysterectomy at West Suffolk Hospital. My experience was not great Instead of recovering on the gynaecology ward I was put on the short stay surgical ward, staff were very junior and the experience was very impersonal. I had previously undergone a gynae operation two years ago where things had not gone so well where I ended up in the intensive care so was worried about my care already.
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.
I am at three weeks post operation today, TAH with ovaries preserved. Prior to the operation I thought I would be able to do my job, which is singing, at this stage. I realized a few days ago I was nowhere near being able to do this (I was dreaming). As I can’t cough or laugh without hurting whereas singing really involves all the stomach and centre of my body, its mostly dance music too, so sadly I replaced myself for what would have been my first booking back tonight. I am settling in for the long haul of recovery which is snail slow, I am beginning to realize. Three weeks is very early.
A doctor or gynaecologist will normally say that it takes around six weeks to recover from an abdominal hysterectomy.
Up to 55,000 hysterectomy operations are carried out in the UK every year. It can and does help to ease many gynaecological complaints, including heavy and/or painful periods and endometriosis.
Researchers in America seem to have discovered that simply chewing gum after abdominal surgery can help get the bowels functioning more quickly than might otherwise be the case.