Our Sexuality! Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 31

I was a little drowsy from the anesthesia. I was hooked to an IV that administered morphine approximately every 15 minutes as needed. I was also waist cincher to help support my abdominal muscles. Since I could not get out of the bed, I also had a catheter and compression socks to prevent the blood from clotting in my legs. That night I slept pretty good.

The morning following my surgery, Dr. Y came to check my incisions, the IV and catheter were removed and I was given a pain medication in a pill form. I begin moving around - including walking around the hospital to decrease the stiffness, reduce the likelihood of blood clots and to promote bowel movement. I was released as soon as my body produced bowel sounds. When I was released, I felt pretty good considering I just had surgery.

My First night home was absolutely ridiculously uncomfortable!

I tossed and turned, turned and tossed. Did I say, I tossed and turned? I could not find a comfortable position. Not too mentioned, I was in pain.

Recovery time is based on the type of hysterectomy that you have. Generally, the less invasive the hysterectomy procedure, is likely to cause less pain and lose less blood than is typical with open abdominal surgery. Additionally, a woman is more likely to be able to resume normal daily activities more quickly than if she had an abdominal hysterectomy.

Most women are released from the hospital two to three days after having an abdominal hysterectomy, however complete recovery takes weeks. Because vaginal and robotic hysterectomies are less surgically invasive than an abdominal hysterectomy, most women who have this type of of procedure leave the hospital the next day. In some cases, a woman may be released the same day. The hospital will provide instructions regarding driving, bathing, and showering.

During the recovery period, plenty of rest is need to ensure that the body properly heals. It’s not unusual to have a few cramps or feel a little bloated following a hysterectomy. Most women also have a bloody vaginal discharge after a hysterectomy that is normally a brownish color and may have a slight odor. This can continue for a few days to several weeks. It is important to refrain from house work and heavy lifting, 10 pounds or more, for the first few weeks. Increased movement and activity such as walking is encouraged. Abstain from sex or putting anything in the vagina, including tampons. It usually takes three to six weeks for a full recovery and return to normal activities, including sexual intercourse.

Speaking of Sex….

Hysterectomy the death of a sex life!

Over the years, having a hysterectomy has been synonymous with the end of sex. Virtually every woman expresses concerns, unfortunately, studies have shown that only half of gynecologists initiate a discussion of sex and few patients are brave