Hysterectomy - Tampa,FL

Updated on October 11, 2010
K.A. asks from Herndon, VA
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I am 34 and am planning on removing my uterus as reccommeded by two OBGYN. I have a very large uterine fibroid. I am fearful of the after effects and any scar from the incesion. Can anyone tell me about any sideeffects and how uncomfortable it really was after. I am blessed with two beautiful children, 2 and 4. I need to plan on help while I recover. How much time am I really looking at? THe Dr. said about 6 weeks.

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answers from Tampa on

Every woman in my family that has had a hysterectomy has been so glad they did. You aren't using those parts anymore; rip 'em out!

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answers from Miami on

Will it be done laparoscopically? That will make all the difference in the world. I actually had my ovaries and tubes removed, not the uterus, due to breast cancer and being BRCA2 positive and at great risk for ovarian cancer. My surgery was done laparoscopically and the recovery was very easy. I didn't feel much pain at all, just a little soreness and I had to avoid lifting anything heavy for a few weeks. My kids were 3 and 4 at the time (last year) and I did fine. I didn't really have anyone to help me full time for more than a day or two.

I'm not sure about side effects. With the removal of the ovaries, I was sent into menopause (at 38) but I'm not sure if you will be with the removal of just the uterus. Feel free to send me a message if you'd like to hear more about my experience.

Best wishes!


answers from Norfolk on

If it's precancerous, a hysterectomy might be a very good idea.
If it's not precancerous, is there no way they can do a lumpectomy (remove the fibroid only and leave your uterus intact?



answers from Chicago on

I had a vaginal hysterectomy back in March for 3 large fibroids. The fibroids where so big they were causing my legs to hurt so bad I couldn't sleep at night. I did everything the doctors recommended and after 5 years of fighting with reaccuring fibroids I was told the hysterectomy was my my best option. I am so happy I had it done. I feel so much better. I still have my ovaries but I do not have the mood swings like I had before the surgery. My legs no longer hurt and I do not have to worry about break through bleediing or a period every other week. I was in the hospital for one night. I was pretty uncomfortable for the first few days but after that I slowly start getting around. You do have to be careful about over doing it. You may feel up to it early in the day but you will pay for it later in the day. By the end of the second week I was feeling pretty good. The only thing was I couldn't do any lifting for the first 6 weeks. It does take months to get back to 100 percent. I had my surgery in March and ran a 5k in June but was a little sore the next day. I would try to find help for the first couple weeks since your children are so young. Good luck!



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answers from Boca Raton on

Ask your doctor for a "bikini cut", in less then six weeks your life will be back to normal with no visible scarring. Good luck.



answers from Tampa on

Count on the full six weeks, and plan not to lift anything during that time. Don't worry about the scar. It is a minor thing. I found I could do laundry if someone carried clothes baskets for me. Friends and family pitched in with cooking for a month, but I could load the dish washer. I did have someone come in once a week to clean. The big thing is going to be remembering not to lift the kids - let them climb up or someone put them on your lap. You will need lots of rest. I hope you feel as much better once your surgery is done as I did.



answers from Tampa on

I was about 20 years older than you and had a VERY large fibroid. As soon as surgery was over, I got out of bed and walked the halls of the hospital to regain my strength. I had surgery on Tuesday morning and was released on Thursday afternoon which certainly surprised my surgeon. The only advice I have is to continue to take your pain meds. I quit taking the pain meds when I thought I was just fine and when I did experience a lot of pain thought it was something else and still did not take pain meds. Ended up back at surgeon's office and she told me I quit taking my pain medication too early. I think that slowed down my recovery. I would have been fine in 4 weeks, but ended up going back to work parttime at 5 weeks. But everyone is different and I did not have two small children at my side wanting my attention constantly. Good luck!


answers from Sharon on

thats about normal... why do you wanna have a hysterectomy done????



answers from Orlando on

I understand you have had two opinions, but I urge you to see a holistic doctor. That condition can be 100% treated with natural foods and herbs. There are alot of long term side effects from a hysterectomy including bladder prolapse - where your bladder ends up falling down and out - where you don't want it to be. This has happened to two people I know. Not sure if they want to do a full hysterectomy which means you would be on hormone treatment for the rest of your life with a whole other list of side effects.

Please, please look into all options before you have it removed. Once its gone there is no putting it back and you will have to deal with the side effects for life, never mind the 6 weeks.

I was told at 32 that I needed a hysterctomy as well (for a prolapsed uterus due to multiple births) and that it didnt matter since I already had children not a big deal. That I would not be able to have anymore children anyway. I didnt feel comfortable with the idea and started looking into it. I was able to treat myself with herbs and natural foods. I got pregnant a few months later. I was so scared I thought I was going to loose the baby because of what they had told me. I went to my first check up and asked them to make sure what could be done. They told me that I was perfectly normal and had no prolapsed uterus at all!! I have continued treating myself with herbs just in case, but I have had no problems since, even after having my son.

I do not intend to insult anyones beliefs or if you have had to have the procedure, I just want to give you the advice that there is another way and to help you avoid the possible lifelong side effects. If you need any suggestions of doctors or treatments just send me a private message. Best of luck to you whatever your decision.



answers from Punta Gorda on

Here's a link I had to share -


I do not have any firsthand knowledge about this subject, but the information here is eye-opening. I would study the alternatives intensely before going through surgery as it's irreversible.



answers from Melbourne on

I had the same precedure done about 6 years ago. I had the incesion done in the exact same place where I had my c-section when I had my daughter 16 yrs ago. The recovery time is definitely 6wks. You will definitely need help after because you will not be able to lift anything and not be able to do any chores around the house especially vaccuming. I did not have a side affects, I guess you could say I am one of the lucky few that do not have hot flashes. If they are leaving your ovaries you will still have the mood changes and some times the cramping once a month just not the bleeding. The only uncomfortable part was where the incesion is because they cut your stomach mucsle, and some soarness inside from where they cut out the organs. They incesion is usually a bikini cut so no one will see it but you. I did not have any other side affects from it. Hope this helps.



answers from Oklahoma City on

I would recommend checking out the option of having a Da Vinci hysterectomy. It is robot assisted, 3 very small incisions, 1 in the belly button so you only see 2 small scars. Super fast recovery and very minimal pain and discomfort. Stayed overnight in the hospital but it was considered outpatient surgery. Having this done was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had everything removed except my ovaries. Absolutely no side effects. Take a look at it: www.davinicsurgery.com I could not have imagined a 6 week recovery? Recovery and feeling fabulous in about 2 weeks. I wasn't working at the time but if I had been I could have gone back to work in about a week, but with no lifting until the stitches were removed.



answers from Orlando on

Did you have a c-section with either of your kids? It's pretty much the same recovery from that. I had a c-section w/my son & then a hysterectomy 8 wks later (long story) & it was the same recovery. The first week is the worst, pain wise, but it gets better quickly after that. I would say 6 wks for sure. Make sure you've got help lined up for that first week, at least, and you probably won't be able to drive for 2-3 wks, either, so keep that in mind, as well. GL!


answers from Chicago on

My hysterectomy (at age 41) was the single best thing I ever did for myself I think. I had uterine fibroids, and despite what others say about alternatives, the fibroids usually make it necessary to get the uterus out. It can only get worse. My doctor is kind of hands-off and I was the one who finally convinced him I needed/wanted the surgery.

It was supposed to be vaginal, but the fibroids made that impossible once he was in there, so he had to open me up to take it out. (I kept my ovaries.) I was in some pain for a few days, for sure, but the healing process went fairly quickly and I was at my daughter's softball game a week later. My recovery period was shorter than 6 weeks.

I still have a scar, but I don't really care. It's worth it compared to the pain and bleeding I had before.

Yes, you could get a third opinion, but I think they'll tell you the same thing. Good luck with your decision. Like I said, it is the best thing I ever did. Not one regret.

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