Jenny’s Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Age at Surgery 44
Location: Harrisburg,PA, USAI decided to have a hysterectomy after I was hospitalized due to severe anemia from fibroids that caused extremely heavy menstrual bleeding. I had multiple fibroid that grew very rapidly, from the size of a tennis ball to the size of a canteloup in only 6 weeks. Medicine and vitamin D treatment was not effective at keeping them under control.My surgery and hospital experience was as great as could be. I had a laproscopic supracervical hysterectomy and salpingectomy, but I kept my ovaries. The procedure was done under general anesthesia. I stayed overnight at the hospital because I was still quite anemic and also unable to tolerate any pain medications by mouth.
I think my recovery was easy enough. I went back to work after three days, but I only work 2 hours per day, and my job does not require walking or standing.
I was cleared for driving after 2 weeks, and resumed intercourse after 10 days.I can not believe how much my life has improved since my hysterectomy! I had no idea how much my quality of life was negatively affected by my fibroids, and how much better every aspect of my life is now.
I was so worried about how the surgery would affect my appearance, my weight and my sex life. But all those worries were for nothing. My sex life is greatly improved now that the fibroids are not restricting blood flow in my body. I no longer have to avoid leaving the house due to uncontrollable menstrual bleeding. I can even go hours without needing to pee now that my bladder and fibroid uterus are not competing for limited space!
I know the decision isn’t easy for everyone. I had already had 3 children and did not want more, so that was not an issue for me. But, for me, it was a great decision and I am so grateful every day that I get to live my happy, healthy life again!I think it’s hard to give general advice because every woman is has to make the decision based on her own age, general health, desire for children, job, access to information and quality health care, and support at home etc.