Anyone had a hysterectomy at East Surrey Hospital?

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Awaiting a date for full hysterectomy again East Surrey Hospital Redhill. Have my pre-assessmdnt appointment tomorrow and have lots of questions understandably!

Anyone out there had one there....what should I expect and how long is the stay in hospital?

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     I am now 5 weeks post op from a total abdominal hysterectomy at a hospital in Essex. I was lucky and got nhs in a local private hospital. Op at 12.00 noon on Tuesday and home on Thursday afternoon. So far so good apart from tiredness eg go out and walk for one hour and then sleep for two.    
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    I've not been at that hospital but I've had an hysterectomy you should be in anything from 3 to five days I was in for 3 they put a cather in for 24 hrs you should take it easy when you get home don't lift a finger take lots of rest recovery about eight weeks

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    Hi Sammy

    Who is your Consultant? I had a vaginal hysterectomy 2 years ago at Frimley Park Hospital carried out by Nick Elkington who is a brilliant surgeon.  I know he operates at more than one hospital and if you have him, you will be very fortunate.  Obviously the recovery time depends on the type of procedure you have. Nick Elkington specialises in vaginal and keyhole operations - what is termed as minimally invasive.  This means recovery is quicker as there is no external wound to heal.  I had little or no pain and needed hardly any pain relief. I was kept in for three days but only because I had a dizzy spell during the second day, otherwise I would have been discharged earlier.  I had six weeks off work and was well enough to go for short walks after a week or so.  The only thing to be aware of is that you may feel you can do things before your internal stitches have properly healed - I twisted awkwardly at two weeks post op (simply trying to remove a plug from behind a sofa) and caused a bleed which was quite worrying.  So you need to rest a lot during the first few weeks.  I was tempted to go back to work early but I'm glad I didn't as I think you do need the recommended time to recover.

    Make a note of all the questions you want to ask before your pre-assessment so you don't forget anything.

    Goodluck and keep us updated with your progress.

    Best wishes

    Shani

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    Im having a vaginal assisted hysterectomy on thursday 14th jan and im scared to death of what to expect the told me ill be able go home day after all being well but i cant help but worry
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      Hi Siobhan

      Try not to worry.  I was scared as well having never had an op before but it really was plain sailing.  When I came round in the recovery room I even thought I was still waiting to go down for the op! I had no pain at all.  The only discomfort I had was during the first night but it was just a kind of soreness rather than pain.  I only needed paracetamol/ibuprofen for the first couple of days and was pain free from then on - in fact I had to have a tooth out a week or so later and I would say that was more painful!!

      I would think that if the hospital are happy with you after 24 hours, then you will be fine to be discharged.  If you are in pain or don't feel ready then tell them so - legally they cannot just throw you out!

      I think you will be surprised how quickly you recover as long as you rest and don't try to do too much too soon.

      Regards

      Shani

      x

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      Great thank you they told me i have an option of spinal block or be fully unconcious. But told the procedure will take hour and half and dont want be loed there for so long awake so confussed as to which option go for x
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      Hi Siobhan

      I was given both. If you are nervious anyway I would request both.  If you are only being offered one or the other I would think that is just a NHS cost cutting idea.  I certainly wouldn't have wanted to be conscious to any degree! The spinal anaesthetic, which I think worried me almost as much as the op, is actually quite straightforward and I did not feel any pain.  It was given with me sitting up sideways on the bed.  The benefit of it is that the pain relief it gives last for quite a while after you come round, so I found that I was comfortable for a few hours after the op.  I would insist on both if you want them.

      Shani xx

       

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