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Recovery after Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – Vicki’s Story

Hi my name is Vicki and I am 44 years old. I had a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) on the 17th of September, so I am 6 weeks and 2 days into my recovery. The reason for my TAH was like so many women the discovery of a very large fibroid, im not sure of the exact size of it but my incision had to be vertical due to the size of the fibroid.

When I was first told I was having this operation I felt a real sense of loss and a part of me felt like a failure as a ‘woman’, apparently this is quite normal so if you feel this you are not alone.

I really wanted to post on this forum to let people know that I feel absolutely fine after the op, yes I have taken it easy and still am to a cetain degree, but I have been able to drive from 4 weeks, at first I only did little journeys but have not built it up so I can get out and about as the boredom of been stuck at home was driving me crazy. I have taken all the medical advice given to me but more importantly I have listened to my own body, it has a way of telling you if you have done too much.

So if you have been told the news that you need to have the op, please don’t be scared, hopefully like me you will be well on the way to recovery within 6 weeks.

I really hope this may help some people put their minds at rest before they have this operation.



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77 thoughts on “Recovery after Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – Vicki’s Story

  1. I am in my 6th week of a TAH, I have not tried driving yet because having issues with my right hand side because of alot of scar tissue being cut away. I have been signed off work for a further 2 weeks to hopefully make sure my right side settles and stop hurting. I have been listening to my body and resting when needed and no heavy lifting! I do get out of the house now and again when my partner is not working. Getting a bit bored now especailly because the weather is nice but I do go out for a little walk up and down the street. Hopefully will start driving by the end of this week and in the next 2 weeks be fully fit and back to normal.

  2. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy last Friday. This included removal of my ovaries. I am waiting for menopause signs as I was told I would go straight into it. Does anyone have experience of this?

  3. I had a full abdominal a week ago. The incision pain diminishes a little every day and I do my best to walk routinely without over doing it. Lying down and certain positions are challenging but realizing it’s all part of the healing process keeps me positive. Grateful the 2 lb fibroid that was wrapped around my uterus is gone and I’m finally on the mend. Be patient, mediate and keep in mind it’s only a matter of time when you’ll be back to your old self.

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