Pre Hysterectomy Nerves – Sandra’s Story

Hi. I had a vaginal hysterectomy using a spinal block in January 2013 and am now 15 weeks post op. I would just like to let you all know it is nothing to worry about. I too was very nervous about having this done. I had a vaginal prolapse and must say since this op I have never felt better.

Back to work eight weeks after the procedure and experienced no problems which is hard to believe as i’m a carer for the elderly.

Anyone who is about to undertake this operation take it from one that was very scared to go ahead that it’s possibly the best decision any woman could make. Anybody that feels the need to talk I’m a good listener and hopefully can put your minds at ease. Good Luck x


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  1. Hi I am two weeks and two days post surgery having had a vaginal hysterectomy plus an anterior vaginal repair due to a prolapse. I had read everything I could find on the subject to prepare myself. Had it done in St Michaels in Bristol and I can honestly say both before, during and after I couldn’t have asked for better care. On the day I opted for a spinal block even though I was told I may feel some pulling and tugging which made me feel a little nervous! However, I was happy to avoid the aftereffects of a GA so I was able to converse with my two daughters who had travelled from London on the day to be with me. I was told I would be given a drug which would mean I wouldn’t remember anything afterwards. Ladies I have to say that I remember nothing! brilliant! Came out two days later and really haven’t had any real pain or discomfort other than the occasional ones now and then if I overdo things – which is quite easy to do when you don’t feel any pain. Occasional tiredness like today but we are in a heat wave!!! I wanted to tell other women this as I know it was stories like mine that helped with the nerves I felt prior to my surgery.

  2. I really felt I needed to write this blog for anyone that will read it will feel better.
    I guess it depends on the person. My Mother is a person that complains easily and is afraid of everything.

    We were both so nervous because she had to have a hysterectomy. She was on the waiting list for 1 1/2 years and the day finally came.

    The hardest part is the anthestia unless you do not mind sleeping. Please plan to have laxatives at home when you get back. Constipation is the biggest problem for people after surgery.

    Get plenty of rest and a good attitude. My Mother 74 years old was up right away. She is not athletic.

    Do not worry. It soundsvworse than it is.

    Good luck.

  3. I had a hysterectomy (LAVH) 4 weeks ago. With it being my 4th surgery for female stuff, I was not all-that nervous. I was ready to get it over with. My recovery pains are so much less than my pre-surgery pains. I’m really more uncomfortable than anything. My ovaries were removed prior, so I’m having to be on HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) for the surgical menopause. I’m too young to go without for so long (mid-thirites gal, here!). I just started .5mg Estradiol, so we’ll see how that goes. I know it’s a process finding the right balance. I am thankful for my hysterectomy cause I know I will be able to enjoy life, finally! I do struggle with the fact I cannot conceive or carry a child, but I am blessed in many other areas of life, so I will be okay!

  4. I wasgoing to have one but learned aabout uterine embolisation. And decided on it. Have all the problems that you have.

  5. Hi Pam, firstly it’s perfectly normal to feel very nervous about it so please don’t worry on that score and I hope that Sandra’s and the other stories help a little.

  6. Hi Marett. PMT like you describe is usually as a result of a hormonal imbalance and if you were to have a hysterectomy that left your ovaries in place there is a risk that it would continue – probably not as badly but still there. Has your doctor agreed to do a hysterectomy? It’s not common for them to do so these days.

  7. Hi, I am 39 and am thinking of having a complete hysterectomy…the moods and irritation and aggression is starting to get to much for me and my family, I am very scared though, what if my moods dont improve but it even becomes worse cause I would then be in menopause right? Just feeling very unsure,,,and also them emotional part plays a big role….

  8. I am going in May 28 next week and I am a total mess..Afraid of everything…pain, and how my life will be after with possible hormone issues..I have large fibroids very heavy bleeding for the last 6 years as well as horrible pelvic pressure, feel like I am 8 months pregnant lol…so I need this done..oh very anemic also for years..tired of being tired..I hope for a good recovery too..glad yours went well.I am getting abdominal total with possibly one overy out…and horrified about it..I cant even sleep. 5 days to go..:(