Hello! Any surgery is anxiety producing. You will probably find everyone has a different experience. I had a TAH (total abdominal hysterectomy). Due to my diagnosis I was not a candidate for a laparoscopic procedure. I would prepare for the abdominal surgery so you have everything you need in case your doctor ends up going that route. Surgical menopause can be a difficult time for many ladies. Your doctor has probably already discussed hormones. I found a patch worked and still works really well for me. It took me a good 6 to 8 weeks to heal. Here are a few things that helped me: I stocked my freezer with meals that were easy to heat up and feed my family. I made arrangements to have visitors stop by after the first week. Because of the hormone fluctuations, I made sure that my girlfriends were checking in on me. My husband was around, but it was nice to have women friends lend an ear when needed. While exercise needs to be limited during this time, still get up and move around. Even if you walk slow, try to at least walk around the block once a day. Drink plenty of fluids and eat high fiber foods -- I would also keep some Metamucil on hand if needed. Expect some pain. Don't create undo anxiety, just accept that anytime you undergo a procedure like this pain is involved, but treatable. Keep a small firm pillow around to hold over your abdominal incision when you move around. If you do have a flood of emotions from the surgical menopause don't be afraid to talk about it with a therapist or trusted friend. I wish you all the best. Feel free to ask any questions or even send a private message if needed. There are some really positive things that can come from a hysterectomy, from feeling healthier to saving money on pads and tampons. Sending prayers and healing thoughts your way.
I am curious about your reason for having your uterus and remaining ovary removed. Hysterectomy (uterus removal) and oophorectomy (ovary removal) are rarely necessary and cause a lot of problems and medically documented increased health risks.
My organs were needlessly removed 12 years ago when I was 49 and I aged horrifically fast despite taking estrogen. I miss my body's own hormones and the normalcy I took for granted. I also miss my intact figure (long lean midsection and flat abs). I was shocked how my entire torso collapsed once those ligaments were cut.
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