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*edit: got a date 30 December*
It's going to be a simple hysterectomy BSO so they'll take the tubes and ovaries as well, thankfully that's it. Fingers crossed.
Also my consultant said that for early stage cervical cancer, there's research that suggests people do better if they don't have keyhole surgery so I'm having the open surgery, and I'm fine with that. I'm also 57 so past the menopause thankfully.
I know it's going to be hard going - it's amazing how the prospect of a hysterectomy suddenly makes you really aware of the muscles around your abdoment and pelvis! Constantly thinking "that'll be hard, or that's going to be too much for me..."
My hubby is fantastic, I'm so lucky. He's going to take a bit of time off work when I come out of hospital, and we've both been working at home anyway since March. He's fully prepared to wait on me hand and foot! And I've already had two LLETZ under general anaesthetic, so we both have an indication of what to expect at least for the first week.
But I'd really love to hear from anyone who's had an open hysterectomy before, what to expect. How long am I likely to be off work? I work for a charity, so spend the whole day sitting at a desk. Currently full time, though I'll drop back to 3 days in March. My employer has been brilliant, and I've kept them and my colleagues informed so they can try and plan round it too. The two LLETZ operations so far, and the consultations have been a massive roller coaster already - I came back from my last consultation - no surprises at all but still I collapsed and bawled my eyes out the whole of the day! I don't doubt I'll nose dive again when I get my date and when it approaches. And presumably afterwards.
So if anyone feels up to sharing their experience, thank you in anticipation xxxx
High grade CIN and CGIN, endocervical adenocarcinoma grade 2 stage 1.
Abdominal hysterectomy BSO 30 Dec 2020.