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

  1. Hello ladies I am due to have my TAH ,flopian tubes as well as both my ovaries taken in a couple of weeks and to be honest I can’t wait to be out the constant pain that I suffer daily from severe endometriosis, I feel very nervous about the operation just wondering if anyone has any advice for after the operation thanks x

  2. Wow..everybody is so different. I’m on week 4 after TAH removal of 6 fibroids & tubes+ cervix. Aside from the first week with staples across my stomach, I’ve felt fine. I was driving at 2.5 weeks, grocery shopping & carrying on with normal life ( aside from obvious no strenuous lifting or exertion) and have not felt a wink of pain since then. Hang in there ladies!

  3. Hi

    I am 3 weeks post hysto. Im 44 and have had everything removed. So far iv had a few hot flushes but nothing major. Im tired and not sleepiang without medication. I have not lost my desire to sleep with my partner in fact quite the opposite im missing the closeness and togetherness so much its killing me. I have had some bleeding which has now died down and i just have a redish brown discharge. I have no pain but am very impatient to carry on with my life.
    How long do i really need to refrain from sex if im feeling healthy and well

  4. Had my tah 7 weeks ago kept my ovaries… First week was tough but got better from there. Back to work and I feel great ???I’m a dental assistant so very busy and I’m just fine.

  5. I had a full hysterectomy on the 30th June (only 2 weeks ago). Some days I feel as if I have turned a corner but then the following day I feel fairly deflated! My friends and family keep telling me it is a very big operation to have had done. Each day does makes a small difference, and I know it is just a matter of time before I have the spring back in my step. My daughter said I have lost my sparkle, but I am sure that will return some day soon…………

  6. Hi, I’m 6 weeks post op hysterectomy with one ovary left and I’m much better now but I really want to know whether I can fast during Ramadan. Please suggest if anyone can help. Thanks in advance.

  7. 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.

    1. Hi my name is Wendy I had my total hysterectomy July 28 2916 I’m nearly on my 7 week doing OK but my left side of stomach isn’t there yet just feel like constant belly ache have not driven yet as I’m listening too my body I do a little each day some days are better than others but I guess it’s part of the recovery .

  8. 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?

    1. Hi there I had my total hysterectomy and ovary removal on the 18th March and it was five weeks before I started having my first flush as I was told I might feel if straight away. I thought I was going to get away with it at first x

    2. I had my hysterectomy on the day of this post and yes I had symptoms pretty quick but nothing terrible. Hot flashes and easily crying. This happened about a week after surgery. If it isn’t happening enjoy! ?

    3. Hello im 3 weeks post op tah/bso
      Im having major night sweats and my mood is up and down.
      Im still very sore and the left side of my tummy gives me pain.. im into the unknown here myself hun and im finding it a bit weird.. i spoke with my gp about hrt but she wants to leave giving me anything until my body settles down..

    4. Would u say u feel any better

  9. 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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