Post-Hysterectomy — Let the Recovery Begin

Twenty-Four hours ago I was on the operating table having most of my lady bits removed.

Here I am in pre-op all smiles even though I was nervous as hell.

The husband isn’t as good at hiding his anxiety.

Surgery was at 8:45 a.m. and they rolled me in at 9 a.m. It’s so surreal to be in a room with all the doctors and nurses as they hook you up to all the machines. Within moments of them putting the oxygen mask on me I was asleep.

The next thing I remember is waking up groggy in the recovery room. The clock said 12:05. I was in pain and nauseous. The nurse gave me something for the pain, and I dozed back off until 1:00.

My nurse was great although I felt like she was rushing me out of the hospital. By 2:30 they had me dressed and in the chair. I could barely keep my eyes open while the nurse explained my discharge instructions. Thankfully The Husband and my Mom were there.

The car ride home was excruciating. Every bump and turn was wince-inducing. It was 25 minutes of pure torture.

Once I got home I went straight to bed and dozed in and out of sleep until the kids came home from school.  The 12-Year-Old came first. I could tell he was scared for me. When The 6-year-old came home, he asked to cuddle, and I obliged.  He makes everything better.

We watched Moana and again I dozed in and out of sleep.

The first night was pretty rough. I was up about every hour to pee. The cramping and pain are quite intense at times especially when I try to shift my weight or get up.

Before the surgery and even in the pre-op room there was a part of me who still thought I was crazy. Was I was overblowing my symptoms and just being dramatic? Is this surgery even necessary?

The average weight of a uterus is 60g. Mine was enlarged to 310g with the fibroids. It was bigger than I expected for sure. After hearing that and seeing the photographs, I felt a little less crazy.  The doc said I was lucky they were still able to perform the laparoscopy as the other surgery is much more invasive and has a longer recovery time. So I’m counting my blessings.

Since the anesthesia wore mostly off, I feel tons better. My goals right now are to rest, take short walks around my house, and watch all the shows I’ve been falling behind on. Mom and I have been binge watching American Horror Story Coven all morning. 🙂

22 comments On Post-Hysterectomy — Let the Recovery Begin

  • Glad to hear things went well. Get lots of rest and remember better days are ahead 🙂 I was back to jogging by week 3, so you’ll be back at the gym in no time!

  • <3 <3 <3
    Sending thoughts of healing and rest.

  • Wow Roni you are so brave. Thank you for sharing your experience, who knows how many women will be
    affected by this. Just think if we all shared and talked about these so called taboo subjects how many people we could help. I know I’m not alone in saying this
    but I wish you all the best and hope for a quick recovery.
    You watch all the great movies and tvshows for us and just listen to your body and give it the rest it needs.
    All the best to you and your family 🙂

  • I’m so glad you posted this. I’ve been thinking about you nonstop and hoping things were going well for you. I hope you start feeling great really soon so you can get back to doing your thing! <3

  • I’m glad to hear things went smoothly, I know how scary it is.

    I too felt rushed out of the hospital.

  • Glad you are over the surgery and on to healing. Did you have the intense shoulder pain from the gas used for laparoscopy? Ouch!

  • Wow, they booted you out of the hospital fast! My doctor kept me in the hospital overnight, but that was because he found lots of adhesions and the surgery took longer than he expected, I think. I remember binge-watching Stargate:Atlantis and CSI: NY during recovery. That, and Stranger Things. Hope your recovery goes well and you get lots of support and rest.

  • I”m so glad that things went well! Coming out of anesthesia is definitely trippy.

  • Feel better! And don’t over do it!

    Amazing how they barely keep ya in the hospital any more. 🙁

  • I’m so glad to hear that you are recovering and taking it as easy as possible. I’m blown away by you coming home the same day as MAJOR surgery – Holy Cow! I know it’s laparoscopic, but STILL… I’m glad to hear that you’ve got the best care-givers at your side; hugs and snuggles are some of the best medicine. Good luck!

  • Wow – can’t believe they sent you home so fast!!! Glad it went well. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • Thank you Roni. I just got results back and meet with Dr next week to discuss the same outcome. As always you are so inspiring!

  • Glad to hear everything went well. Hope you have a speedy recovery!

  • So glad your surgery went well!

  • Rest and more rest is necessary. Since you are in such good shape recovery should be easier for you, but don’t rush it!!!! Sending healing thoughts your way.

  • A heating pad will help with the gas pain. I donated a kidney a year and a half ago and the gas pain was by far the worst of it.

  • So glad you made it through the surgery well. I can’t believe how fast they get you out post surgery these days. Thank goodness for the laproscopic procedure. I hope your recovery goes well!

  • Oh, I feel your pain. My uterus was, 283g (endometrial cancer) I had all the lady bits north of the cervix removed (radical hysterectomy). Mine was the davinci-robotic surgery. I’m surprised they sent you home so soon. I had to stay 1.5 days.

    Glad you are on the mend!! Praying you heal fast and have no complications!!

  • I had a laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis and had my appendix removed. The pain was 100x worse than I expected. Take care of yourself! XO

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  • Sending you big hugs, Roni!

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