Sue’s Hysterectomy Story
Type of Hysterectomy: Radical hysterectomy followed by brachytherapy
Age at Hysterectomy: 59
Location: Winona Lake, IN
I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, Stage 1b, Grade 2. I was post-menopausal and had started to experience spotting during the year prior to my diagnosis. I ignored it, thinking it was nothing. What I didn’t know at the time was that ANY bleeding after menopause is not normal. One night I woke up bleeding profusely, which sent me to the ER of my local hospital. They determined the bleeding was vaginal and advised me to see my gynecologist, which I did a week later. An ultrasound revealed a growth and a biopsy indicated cancer. My gynecologist referred me to a gynecological oncologist, who advised a radical hysterectomy to remove the cancer.
My surgery wad DaVinci-assisted. I was given an “amnesia” drug before I left pre-op, then a general anesthesia for the surgery. I was in the hospital a little over 24 hours. As soon as I was able to walk and urinate, I was released home.
I had five small incisions, so recovery from them was quite easy. And I experienced minimal pain. Some discomfort, sure, and fatigue, definitely. I was released after two weeks to drive, and after six weeks to return to work. Once I had healed from the surgery I had three brachytherapy treatments to help prevent return of the cancer. The biggest challenge was recovering my energy. After major surgery and radiation, I remained fatigued for months.
My health is very good now. I’m active, and I follow up with my doctors every six months.
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