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27/01/2014 at 12:31
Not sure if you can remember but I went for an operation last Tuesday about my on-going problems with smears, and I had CIN3 cells removed. So on Tuesday, the plan was to try and dilate the cervix so a smear could be carried out, this was unsuccessful. So now my options are:
1. leave it, I can't have a normal smear, the cervix is closed and there is no getting in there, even when i'd had a GA and had a troop of people poking and prodding at it
So I've gone for option 2, I can't risk the cancerous cells coming back and not knowing about it, and so I go in on the 4th March. Has anyone had it done? I aren't too worried about the actual operation, although I know it carries risks as do all operations. But it's the recovery i'm more concerned about, I've got two small children, I know I can't do much afterwards, how long will it be before i'm back to normal? I've got a holiday booked for 14 weeks after the operation, i'm worried that i'm still going to be pushing it to be fine by then?
27/01/2014 at 12:37
Chids I have no experience but I wanted to say I'm sorry it's come to this and I hope you get the answers you need x
27/01/2014 at 12:43
I'm so sorry Tuesday wasn't a success. In your position I would absolutely make the same decision as you, no hesitation. Have you got plenty of help for after? I haven't had a hysterectomy but although a completely different pop I'd approach it like say having a section. After my first section I jumped up and didn't rest at allege wound opened about ten days later and took ages to heal then. After my second section, don't get me wrong I wasn't in bed rest, I carried on just not doing too much. I felt great after only a few weeks. If you can have people help you I'd just do as little as possible and concentrate on getting better. I wish you loads of luck C, how lovely to have a holiday already in place to look forward to after it!
27/01/2014 at 12:46
*operation*. I just read what I wrote and hope it didn't come across Like I was likening my experience, obviously it's not the same thing atal I was just wanting to give advice to rest up x
27/01/2014 at 12:48
Don't have any advice, but sorry it wasn't a better outcome xxx
27/01/2014 at 12:50
Que Sera - I've had two sections, so i'm hoping that the recovery is going to be something similar. Apparently they can do the operation two ways, vaginally or by going through the abdomen, i'm hoping that they can do it vaginally as apparently the recovery is supposed to be slightly better.
My Nana has offered to move in if I need her to help out, which I think I might take her up on, and my parents were brilliant after I had the C-sections with the children, so it's good to know that they are available too.
It's just, how do I stop a 2 year old and 3 year old from trying to jump up me, and give me cuddles.
I don't believe it's come to this, but never mind, it has and it's got to be sorted. Now make sure you're up to date with your smear tests ladies!!
27/01/2014 at 13:28
someone at my work had a hysterectomy and was off for 6 weeks. she actually said it was easier than her section recovery because you only get pain at the wound site,whereas when you have a section youve got internal pain as well from the uterus. this is what she was advised and said it was true, although shes an older lady so her section was years ago, dont know if that would make a difference. she was off for 6 weeks, as advised by the docs but was feeling better by 3 and was itching to get back to work.
Im sorry its come to this but hopefully this will be the end of it. On the plus side at least you never have to have a period again ( she says as shes sitting here with a hot water bottle as has horrendous cramps)
27/01/2014 at 13:40
No experience to offer but sorry it's come to this. I agree with others, I'd make the same decision in your shoes though, without hesitation. Hope it all goes well. When I had my sections, (#1 was 2y7m with the first and 5y8m with second, #2 was 3y1m), I explained that they were going to cut a hole to get the baby out and that they couldn't climb on me because of my sore tummy - would E and S understand if you explained it a bit like that (but without the baby bit, obviously)?
27/01/2014 at 13:43
sorry to hear you need the op. You must feel a mixture of emotions. I hope you are recovered for your holiday, like a previous poster said it might be nice to look forward to this. I would check with your insurance that you are covered though post surgery.
27/01/2014 at 13:49
I've no experience but have looked after many women who have had them. Recovery wise it will be pretty much the same as your c-section (in respects to what you can and can't do lift etc) that's if you have an open procedure. The vaginal procedure is a much more straight forward recovery. I can't see if you mentioned it but the other thing after the operation to think about is if they have taken your ovaries then you may experience the menopause but they are brill at watching you for signs and starting HRT if you want
27/01/2014 at 13:51
Sorry meant to add, what kind of holiday is it? Lots of walking etc I think you would have to see nearer the time. In respects to the children very difficult I can imagine and perhaps having your family at home to help out is a must
27/01/2014 at 14:01
Oh bless you Chids. I guess they can't just remove your cervix rather than the whole lot? (no idea how these things work!) My mum had a laparoscopic hysterectomy through her belly button, she really suffered with blood loss and had to have a transfusion. She was off for about 6 weeks post op.
Are they going to leave your fallopian tubes & ovaries?
27/01/2014 at 14:02
Sorry it's come to this Chids :(my mum recently had a hysterectomy, the recovery was fine, but then my mum didn't have small children at the time. What I will say though is talk to someone regarding the menopause because if you have a full hysterectomy it can send you straight into it. Lots of women don't get told about that happening.
I hope your ok xx
27/01/2014 at 14:13
Thanks for the extra advice ladies. I appreciate it. The talk he gave me after the failed op last week was that they plan to leave the ovaries and tubes, so I guess that means that I should be ok with regards to the menopause at the moment? I will put it on my list of things to ask.
Noodle, we're going to be sitting around a pool for 2 weeks in turkey, I flew about 6 months post C-section with E and that was fine, and the recovery after that was bad, I got a really bad infection.
I'm glad to hear that recovery times seem to be a bit less for the people you've quoted than I thought, I was thinking 3 months-ish.
margot, I could try and explain it in a similar way I suppose, when i'd been in on Tuesday, I didn't want them jumping on me, so I told them i'd got a poorly tummy, and they were ok with that for a day or two, but after that I was back to being a human trampoline.
Mrsclarke - the only positive i'm taking from this is not having to take the pill anymore, and for H, him not having to go for the snip, which was something that he was going to re-investigate after he changed his mind about it a couple of years ago. I've not had a period for so long as I've either been pregnant or on the pill, and so the period type cramps last week were a shock to the system.
27/01/2014 at 14:23
really sorry to hear this Chids, I would make the exact same decision as you have. My cousin has had the vaginal hysterecomy and was off work for 6 weeks, she recovered really well and said her C-Section was harder work (maybe cause you also have a new born then!?). This is something I have to consider in the near future so watching with interest xxxx
27/01/2014 at 14:27
If they are leaving tubes and ovaries then you may be a good candidate for a non open procedure ( so a vaginal one) which would be a quicker recovery time. If you have holiday insurance I would check with them you may be a le to cancel after the operation if you feel it's too much- due to the reasons that your having it done for
27/01/2014 at 14:53
We do have holiday insurance through our bank account so I will check the policy details. I hope I don't have to cancel though, I really want the holiday, we're going with our family so we will have lots of people to help out with the children, but obviously, if I have to cancel I would.
27/01/2014 at 20:34
I echo the advice given by everyone else. Ask about menopause symptoms, both now and if it will potentially bring on your menopause earlier in years to come. I would also ask if there is a nurse specialist you can ask about lifting guidelines. After most surgery (as with your c section) they'll have guidelines about what you can lift/do and when you can do it, for example, don't lift anything heavier than a kettle for X weeks. You can then plan how long you'll need help for and for what tasks.
You are being amazing doing this and if I were in your situation I would do exactly the same. It sounds like you are surrounded by people who care and will help you in whatever way they can-accept it all and look forward to relaxing on your holiday which you may not have to cancel but they might not cover you for anything related to the surgery. If they say that, look online for companies that cover pre-existing conditions-this should NOT stop you from going away.
Good luck x
28/01/2014 at 10:30
Kittykat, thank you so much for that advice.
I was talking to a lady at work who's friend had the operation last year. She was apparently given a graph of things that you could do during each week after your recovery. I might google actually, something similar might come up.
28/01/2014 at 11:54
Be careful looking online and only use it as a guide. Each surgeon performs the"same" operation slightly differently and will have different guidelines for what you can/can't do. The nurse specialist will know more specifically about your own surgery.
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