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radical hysterectomy


I'm booked In for a radical hysterectomy on 13th August I have a few questions 

How long was everyone in hospital for ? 

What did you take in your hospital bag ? 

Thank you 


Hope it all goes well for you. I can’t help with what to take, but can send virtual hugs xx


Hi Natasha28,

I’m due a hysterectomy in the next few weeks too, don’t have a date yet but been reading up on loads of threads and they all more or less have the below as items to take with you:

* nighties 

* dry shampoo 

* lip balm

* support knickers (sloggi type)

* peppermint tea (presume this is for keyhole as they pump you full of air, not sure about abdominal)

*stuff for boredom (pad, books)

* face mist

* elasticated trousers\leggings

There is a thread on here in the treatment section called “hysterectomy in early 2019” which you may find useful.  

Hope your calmer than me about the whole thing, I’m petrified of surgery.  Hope all goes well when the time comes and you have a quick recovery!

Dee xx

1st April - colposcopy and lletz

13 May - told cc

29 May - CT and MRI

12 June - staged 1a2, need another lletz to confirm treatment

24 June - 2nd LLETZ, awaiting confirmation of treatment

4 July - RH required, date to be confirmed


Thank you both for your reply

I'm not to scared just more happy it will be over soon feels like it's been forever 

I hope you get your date soon and all goes well xx 


Hi Natasha I agree with the things on Dees list but since you will probably go home with a catheter I would suggest a midi or maxi dress rather than leggings. I bought a cheap cotton jersey one it hid the catheter and did not drag it which can be uncomfortable. The facial mist was brilliant to keep fresh and cool. I had a cushion which I used on between the seat belt and my tummy in the car you will feel every bump!!!!. I had my op on the thursday afternoon and came home friday evening but everyone is different so just see how you feel. Good luck and take care x

Smear test march 2018: CIGN

LLETZ April 2018: no clear margins

2nd LLETZ May 2018 Adenocarcinoma

Staged 1b1 pattern A following eua and mri.

Radical laproscopic abdominal hysterectomy with sentinel lymph node removal July 19th 2018

July 31st 2018 oncology follow up tumour removed no lymph node involvement. No further treatment needed

October 2018 check up all well.




I was in for 2 days.

Things I found essential:

  • a pair of big, not too tight knickers that will accomodate the tube from the catheter for when you go home.
  • get whoever picks you up to bring a couple of pillows for the way home to kind of wedge yourself in the car seat so you dont move about too much (you cant really brace yourself against sharp bends etc).
  • I would take some squash, as you need to drink LOADS and the water tasted pretty rank after the hundreth glass....
  • I aslo found some little bags of crisps/mini cheddars helped me battle nausea.

All the best xx

  • 09/08/18. Positive smear - High grade (severe) dyskaryosis
  • 22/08/18. Colposcopy - CIN3
  • 14/09/18. Lletz - CIN3 with unclear margins
  • 07/12/18 Lletz  - CIN3 with unclear margins and VAIN3 
  • 14/01/19 MRI 
  • 29/01/19 PET-CT 
  • 15/02/19 scans indicate 2cm tumour
  • 26/02/19 RH (postponed due to virus)
  • 05/03/19 RH
  • 08/04/19 No evidence of malignancy


Im assuming everyone is different and everywhere is different but I had a radical hysterectomy with sentinal lymphnode dissection and transposition of ovaries. I had a vertical incision that was quite large. I was in the hospital for three days. I didnt have to take home a catheter it was removed the day I went home.

The things I brought that I found to be most helpful were my rubber birkenstocks for when I went for small walks. They encourage you to get up and moving pretty soon after the surgery. Also chewing gum helps get your bowels going again. Also, definitely pillows for the way home!


Best of Luck!


Thank you everyone 

Its all getting little bit scary now but cant wait for it all to be over x


Hi Natasha

I'm 6 week post laparoscopic hysterectomy, with vaginal cuff. I kept my ovaries to avoid surgical menopause. 

I felt great from the day after surgery. Obviously was tender and had swelly belly, which is going down now. But only needed a couple of paracetamol occasionally for pain. 

I did have to come home with a catheter for 7 days due to my bladder being a little traumatised from the opp. But it's fine now & bieng checked regularly by the bladder clinic. 

I would definitely recommend

a V shaped pillow

Peppermint tea....the gas can be very painful at times, especially after eating my evening meal I found. 

Walk about as much as you can around the house and build it up gradually. 

Make sure you have some big knickers & loose fitting clothing. 

I also followed Hystersisters online. Lots of help and advice on there. 

Good luck! Xx

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