There's a fine line between being honest and complaining, I think, so I wanted to take a quick moment in between posts to clarify what I'm doing here in my SharePosts. I'm not trying to scare you off from having tram-flap reconstructive surgery. The main purpose of my posts here has been to be honest. To tell it like it was. Which was kind of unpleasant. Not that I'm complaining. As PJ Hamel wrote a few weeks ago in a comment to one of my posts, keep in mind that my surgery was a double tram-flap -- P.J. had a single and was up and about in a matter of days and weeks. A double tram-flap like mine is different, and yet there are plenty of women who did not have as long and arduous a recovery time as I did. Not that I'm complaining. All of which is to say that my story is just that: my story. It may not be your story, so I hope you'll take from it just what you need: information about one woman's experience to add to all the oth...
I would like to tell you that I woke up in recovery from my hysterectomy feeling fantastic but that would be a lie. I was in pain! It was rough the first day but by the second I was up and walking around. My hysterectomy was done abdominally so I had a incision much like you would have after a c-section. Thankfully my previous c-section "taught" be how to move without causing additional pain so I was more mobile than with the c-section.
At less than two weeks out I was able to sit and watch my daughter's school play but that lone activity literally wore me out! The pain improved very gradually from then on as did the bleeding. I had one of the common complications after hysterectomy, bladder infection, and felt like a new woman once the antibiotics kicked in.
I am 7 weeks out now and have started working out again and find the only real issue is fatigue and some left over soreness. By the end of the day I am pretty much "done" and am only recently finding the reserve ene...
The recovery room
If you've had general anesthesia, you'll find yourself in a recovery room with other patients after surgery. The staff in the recovery room watches your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, breathing) and waits until you are fully awake and stable. If you feel pain, now is the time to speak up. The recovery room nurses will be ready to give you pain medications prescribed by your surgeon.
You may feel cold after surgery. That's a normal part of the recovery process from anesthesia. Ask for an extra blanket if you need one. If you are going home the same day of surgery, it's a good idea to bring a warm blanket to the hospital to help you feel comfortable on the trip home.
The hospital stay
If you are having a lumpectomy with no lymph node dissection, it's likely that your surgery will be done on an outpatient basis. This means that you can go home on the same day you have your surgery. Mastectomy and lumpectomy with lymph node dissection are more invasive surgerie...
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