Try to get a vaginal hysterectomy (as opposed to abdominal)

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I have been using this forum since my op 6 weeks ago and have found it really helpful.  I have noticed that many ladies have had abdominal hysterectomies as opposed to vaginal.  I realise that this may be due to other factors but to any ladies out there still waiting for their ops, I would strongly suggest that when you go for your pre-op hospital appointment that you ask about the possibility of having a vaginal hysterectomy as opposed to abdominal as the recovery (from my personal experience at least is much easier).  I went back to work last week after 6 weeks recovery which felt more like a 6 weeks holiday as I experienced no pain or discomfort whatsoever from the day I left hospital.  In fact I felt so fit that I thought I could do anything, but actually caused a slight bleed which thankfully stopped after 24 hours.  Apart from that 'blip' it was almost like I had not had an operation at all.  I was fortunate in having a surgeon who specialised in 'minimal access and robotic surgery, based at my local hospital, but this was under the National Health, so I'm sure it must be available in other areas. I have read so many posts from ladies on this site that have suffered so much, and it often seems that the majority of these problems are with the abdominal method.  I feel so fortunate that my experience was so good and would urge other ladies to at least enquire about this option if they are told that their planned op will be abdominal.

Best wishes to everyone waiting for their op.


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    Hi Shani

    The recovery certainly seems a lot quicker with vaginal surgery.  I am having my op on Good Friday, my surgeon is very keen on vaginal surgery and says he will always choose this way unless there are complications that leave him no choice.  I am so grateful that he feels like that.  It does seem that hospitals differ tremendously in the way they do these things.


    Jacqui lol

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    I was told i'm too tight everywhere to have this procedure as i've not had children and train a lot. My consultant jokingly said that if he pulled it all out it would probably drag all my other organs and my lungs out too lol.
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    I had a vaginal hysterectomy and never felt as if I had been operated on which has been great, however it has also been very easy to forget you have still had a Major op and to overdo things too quickly, I have had absolutely no pain since waking from the anaesthetic except for a bit of wind pain very early on which disappeared after 3-4 days.
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    It would be great if I could but I have a very large uterine fibroid tumour

    So I can't. Glad to hear you didn't have a bad experience and are doing well.

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      Hi Groky

      I wish you all the best with your op.  I realise that I was fortunate in that my problem was not as bad as yours and not everyone is suitable for the vaginal method, but I just wanted to let others know that it seems to be the best option, where appropriate,  but it doesn't seem to be offered to some ladies, even though they may be suitable for it, which is a real shame.cry

      Shani x


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