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GoMistyGo
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2018-10-11 10:20 AM (#7410222)
Subject: Hysterectomy – what to expect?



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Apparently I need a hysterectomy.  It will be done via the DaVinci robot.  For those of you who had it done, what was the recovery like?  How long till you could scoop poop again, ride, run barrels?  Any input is appreciated.
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streakysox
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2018-10-11 10:24 AM (#7410225 - in reply to #7410222)
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I think you should feel better!
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wildride
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2018-10-11 10:59 AM (#7410232 - in reply to #7410222)
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It was about 6 weeks before I could ride.  Still wasn't able to lift saddles, etc.  Husband saddled for me, bless him.  I felt okay, but still not back to normal.  It takes a while to get your strength back.  Don't overdo - you'll regret it.  I went to a clinic right a week after I was released to ride.  Someone asked me to hold their horse while they went to the bathroom, and the horse spooked and snatched me onto the ground.  I was aftraid I might have messed up somethings, but I didn't.  Scary.   

I'm glad to be rid of all that and the problems that come with it, but I'll be honest with you - it took me a long time to feel like myself again.  Everyone always told me it was the best thing they ever did.  Well, it's good, but it takes a while.  No one told me that.  I expected to bounce back after the recovery and be me.  Didn't happen.  Just don't go into it with unrealistic expectations like I did.  Good luck.  You'll be glad you did it, but it's a process.   
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Kay-DRacing.
Reg. Jun 2009
Posted 2018-10-11 11:14 AM (#7410237 - in reply to #7410222)
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Not from experience but I helped my mom thru her recovery. She was in a lot of pain for quite a while and had complications. It was weird to see her down and out - she got the nickname hummingbird for a reason. 
I hope your's goes smoothly and have a quick recovery!

 
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Dreamin of 3cans
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2018-10-11 12:38 PM (#7410252 - in reply to #7410222)
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It is a major surgery, so expect to be going crazy (can't sit still to heal) by the 4/5 week point.  Be careful not to over do it!  You start feeling good and the "smack", "poof" no more energy.   For me, it was the best thing I ever did!  I had a total removal of everything so it was tuff at first getting my hormones right.  I think it was 3/4 months before I could go all day without feeling completely wiped out.  At the beginning, I had a pillow that helped me hold my tummy for getting up, rolling over type stuff.  A good support system is huge for the first 2/3 weeks.  Good luck!
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GLP
Reg. Oct 2013
Posted 2018-10-11 1:28 PM (#7410259 - in reply to #7410252)
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Were any of you responsible for caring for a toddler at the time and if so, how quick were you able to go back to caring for them? I may be facing a hysterectomy in the fairly quick future.
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turnthree
Reg. Oct 2016
Posted 2018-10-11 2:07 PM (#7410264 - in reply to #7410222)
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I had an abdominal hysterectomy in April, which is a bit more invasive and has a longer recovery time than what you are looking at. My most important piece of advice is to listen to your own body during recovery. And secondly, listen to your doctor!

For me, the first few days after the surgery were the worst, but the more I got up and moved around, the better I felt. I was back to work after 2 weeks (I only work a desk job so I pretty much sit all day and don’t lift anything heavy) and I was back to riding about 8 weeks, but that was just walking around on ole faithful. I asked my doctor at my 6 week appointment if I could ride and he said “no, wait longer. Don’t screw up my good work” so I made it 2 more weeks before I tried! After going through the surgery you realize you don’t want to go through it again, so you tend to be pretty cautious when you go back to riding and doing stuff. About 10 weeks or so I made my first run and I felt pretty good.

Over all, I'm so glad I did it because I feel a whole lot better than before.





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Nevertooold
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2018-10-11 3:07 PM (#7410287 - in reply to #7410222)
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It’s been a long time but I felt better the day I left the hospital then the day I went in.

I never took any pain meds as the side effects weren’t worth it.

Everyone is an individual. Being fit and in shape is huge. The woman next to me was very heavy and out of shape and was a mess. I woke up and told them to get the catheter out of me so I could go to the bathroom. It was uncomfortable to stand up straight to walk for a few days.

I went back riding too soon and that was a mistake. (4 weeks) riding and running are two different things. You need to follow your doctor’s orders so you don’t end up with problems. Not lifting is crucial.

Knowing you like I do....this will just be a short inconvenience.

I had endometriosis and fibroid cysts on my ovaries. My hysterectomy was a God send. I think of how miserable I was for years. I would get sore throats and ear aches all the time. All of that ended.

I had mine done in the olden days. Everything is better now.

Sending positive thoughts and prayers.

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another has been
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2018-10-11 7:21 PM (#7410300 - in reply to #7410222)
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Had one when I was 24 thought I knew more than doctors and did not listen when they told me to not ride for 6 weeks and not lift or
Vacuum. Years later is when my problems started because I did not let my inside heal first! So LISTEN to your doctor six weeks is not that long even if you feel amazing don't do it!
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jake16
Reg. Apr 2006
Posted 2018-10-11 8:11 PM (#7410302 - in reply to #7410222)
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 make sure you do the hormone estrogen therapy, especially if you are young.I am suffering from terrible osteoporosis from partially stopping to early on the estrogen.

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azsun
Reg. Jun 2006
Posted 2018-10-11 8:21 PM (#7410303 - in reply to #7410222)
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It will be 6-8 weeks before you're released to do regular activity (assuming your are healing well). It will be almost a year .. yes a year, before you fully recover. You will think you're better, especially since your outside doesn't look like what happened on the inside, but take your time. Don't rush your recovery.

There's an online forum called hystersisters.com that really helped me.
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GoMistyGo
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2018-10-12 7:16 AM (#7410314 - in reply to #7410303)
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azsun - 2018-10-11 8:21 PM It will be 6-8 weeks before you're released to do regular activity (assuming your are healing well). It will be almost a year .. yes a year, before you fully recover. You will think you're better, especially since your outside doesn't look like what happened on the inside, but take your time. Don't rush your recovery. There's an online forum called hystersisters.com that really helped me.

Thank you for sharing this web-site! 
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GoMistyGo
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2018-10-12 7:19 AM (#7410315 - in reply to #7410222)
Subject: RE: Hysterectomy – what to expect?



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Thank you all for sharing your experiences.  This all sounds like quite a life interrupting ordeal....  Ughhhh....
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azsun
Reg. Jun 2006
Posted 2018-10-12 9:40 AM (#7410333 - in reply to #7410314)
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GoMistyGo - 2018-10-12 7:16 AM

azsun - 2018-10-11 8:21 PM It will be 6-8 weeks before you're released to do regular activity (assuming your are healing well). It will be almost a year .. yes a year, before you fully recover. You will think you're better, especially since your outside doesn't look like what happened on the inside, but take your time. Don't rush your recovery. There's an online forum called hystersisters.com that really helped me.

Thank you for sharing this web-site! 

You're welcome. It's awesome. You'll enter your info and they will send you messages to help you prepare, post surgery and recovery. It will be two years in March for me and I still get helpful emails. Utilize the forum ...lots of questions and answers!

Oh ... post surgery mine was very painful, worse than my c-section but once they got the pain under control I was good. One more thing, if you're inquiring about getting back on a horse ... at LEAST 6 weeks. Wait until the doctor clears you and then don't over do it because you miss it. I was back at my desk job within a few days but couldn't do much else.

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GoMistyGo
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2018-10-12 10:12 AM (#7410340 - in reply to #7410333)
Subject: RE: Hysterectomy – what to expect?



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azsun - 2018-10-12 9:40 AM
GoMistyGo - 2018-10-12 7:16 AM
azsun - 2018-10-11 8:21 PM It will be 6-8 weeks before you're released to do regular activity (assuming your are healing well). It will be almost a year .. yes a year, before you fully recover. You will think you're better, especially since your outside doesn't look like what happened on the inside, but take your time. Don't rush your recovery. There's an online forum called hystersisters.com that really helped me.
Thank you for sharing this web-site! 
You're welcome. It's awesome. You'll enter your info and they will send you messages to help you prepare, post surgery and recovery. It will be two years in March for me and I still get helpful emails. Utilize the forum ...lots of questions and answers! Oh ... post surgery mine was very painful, worse than my c-section but once they got the pain under control I was good. One more thing, if you're inquiring about getting back on a horse ... at LEAST 6 weeks. Wait until the doctor clears you and then don't over do it because you miss it. I was back at my desk job within a few days but couldn't do much else.

 At least I work from home so I can probably be back at work quickly.
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oldlady
Reg. Aug 2007
Posted 2018-10-13 9:53 AM (#7410420 - in reply to #7410222)
Subject: RE: Hysterectomy – what to expect?


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Had the same operation with the Da Vinci last year about this time  . 6 weeks ntil i culd ride lift poop etc. Actually felt pretty good withinn a week but did not want to cause any problems so listened to my doctor. I am also an old nurse. Have five small scars and fell great. 
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Tbred
Reg. Dec 2004
Posted 2018-10-15 2:02 PM (#7410573 - in reply to #7410222)
Subject: RE: Hysterectomy – what to expect?



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I had one about 5 years ago.  I was never in any pain afterwards.  I was told not to go back to work for 4 weeks but I begged them to let me back after 2.  I had a desk job so it wasn't bad.  I would get tired in the afternoon but not tired enough to go home.
I think I waited till week 5 to ride, a week earlier than my doc advised.  They kept my ovaries so I didn't have any hormone issues.
I'm so glad they finally listened to me.  I've been begging for one for a long time.

 
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turtleaut
Reg. Nov 2008
Posted 2018-10-20 3:27 PM (#7411119 - in reply to #7410222)
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 I just had mine in June (with the Davinci).  Honestly it was not bad at all - I never even had to take the pain meds prescribed.  The worst part for me was how sore my back and shoulders were the first few days after - I felt like they must have just thrown me all over the operating table lol.  I probably did things too soon as far as vacuuming, feeding, etc but I waited the recommended 6 weeks before riding and even then took it really slow.  I got a little depressed during my recovery just because I couldn’t be as active as normal and felt pretty useless.  I’m glad I did it and it’s all behind me now - and 6 weeks really isn’t that long in the grand scheme of things.  Someone else mentioned it but hystersisters is a great resource!  
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