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Hi. I was detected with precancerous cell in Jan, announced cancer 1b on Feb and just got my radical hysterectomy last week in April. I took out lymph, ovaries and uterus.
This forum and the ladies has been a great help for me in preparing myself for the surgery. So right now I’m sharing what Was done in the operation and offering some of my tips to ease the pain and suffering. And I’m sorry if it’s a bit long.
First, I was operated in Sydney Australia. So the procedure might be different in other countries. They first put me in a surgery waiting room. I need to pee and change the gown. When they ready they push my bad to the front of operation room. The room was very cold with only a clock in front of you. Some of the doctors come and go, greeting you and also calming you. In the process I know that it is a very little death come with this operation. It’s a bigger chance for you to get hit by a plane than die on the operation. That was calming for sure. The last I remember was the needle the doctor gave me and I feel sleepy and the time I wake up I was already in my ward.
I had the surgery on the evening and the whole night was a nightmare. Not because of the pain but because the nurses keep come and check things while all i wanted to do was have a good sleep. They put some anti pain medicine that i can presss and release by myself whenever i need. I’m not too sure about the medication that I used but apparently the iv pain release was very good in eliminating pain but it made a severe nausea.
The second day I didn’t have much pain. Based from the ladies in this forum I made sure I got all my pain medication before it start hurting. Now come the nausea and passing wind. The pain to pass wind was real and very bad. I also had a lower back pain. So the hospital offered hot packs for my back. I put 1 bag on my back and the other 1 on my tummy, above the patch. The hot pack help me pass wind faster, and to help I also lifted/opened part of my bottom so the wind can pass easier.