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I am due to have a vaginal hysterectomy with anterior and posterior repair on 27th July.
I am really worrying because I have two slipped discs in my back (L3/4 and L4/5) and I still have some numbness and weakness in my right leg. I have read that the position I will be in for surgery sometimes causes nerve problems afterwards and my mind has gone into overdrive thinking that I’m going to have more problems with my back. The pain when I first hurt my back was so severe, particularly in my groin and down my leg, that I don’t know how I will cope if anything happens to exacerbate the problem.
I have told the gynaecologist about my back, and I also mentioned it to the nurse at my pre-op appointment, but I don’t really feel as if either of them took any notice. The consultant made a comment about slipped discs being really painful but said nothing else, and the nurse at the pre-op appointment said it wouldn’t matter as long as I was mobile. As far as I know neither of them wrote anything down about it. I have thought I could mention it to the anaesthetist when I go in, but I feel a bit like a moaner before I even have the operation.
I am feeling generally a bit in the dark about everything. The pre-op assessment was very rushed (I was out in 10 minutes), and I wasn’t given any information about the operation. Literally the only thing I was told was not to eat or drink after midnight and to have a shower in the morning. I asked how long I would be in hospital and was told two nights, but the nurse didn’t expand on that at all. I haven’t been given any leaflets or information about anything, even what to take into hospital (although I have worked that out). I have picked up everything I know from reading this forum (e.g. that I will have a catheter and a pack, that the consultant may use some kind of mesh). If I wasn’t so desperate to feel better I think I would cancel the operation.
Any advice or reassurance would be welcome.
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