My TAHBSO Story

A month ago today, I was operated on to remove my uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix. The procedure is called total abdominal hysterectomy bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy or TAHBSO. TAHBSO was needed because I had a bad case of endometriosis, adenomyosis, and adenomyoma.

My OB-GYNE said hysterectomy is the best option that I could have to spare me the agony of prolonged and heavy menstruation, which has affected my way of life for a long time. I also had hormonal therapy for six months, but even the expensive pill didn’t cure the endometriosis.

Preparation

Before the operation, I did some research about hysterectomy, its advantages, and its disadvantages. I’ve got helpful tips from a website that caters to hysterectomy patients. It took me several weeks before I decided that it’s about time to go under the knife and change my life for the better.

I’m thankful I have a supportive husband for making me feel at ease before the important day unfolds.

Operation day

Date of operation: December 13, 2016 mumwrites.com

The operation went well. It lasted for about two hours. Thankfully, it didn’t require a blood transfusion. I think I was already awake towards the end of the procedure since I was aware of what is happening around me. I even requested one of the nurses to allow me to see what doctors removed from the operation.

I was up and about a day after the surgery. The doctors said I should get up and walk inside my room to hasten recovery. I only stayed at the hospital for five days.

Healing well

Date taken January 12, 2017 mumwrites.com

Four weeks after the surgery, I think I’m on my way to full recovery. I don’t have a hard time recovering because I followed the doctor’s advice. I’ve got plenty of rest. But I make sure to move around the house. I started doing light chores in my second week.  There may be occasional irritation and pain, but all of it is bearable and subsidies in a few minutes.

Best decision

The best decision I have made so far is the decision to have this operation. I will never worry about bleeding again or fear that I may develop an ailment in the future. My only concern, at the moment, is the recurring joint pain. I’m (surgical) menopause now, so joint pains and other health issues will certainly happen.

Piece of advice

Young women and women nearing menopausal age are prone to have endometriosis and adenomyosis. If you are suffering from the same condition, consult a doctor. Reading about the disease can help you better understand it. However, a visit to a medical professional is always the right thing to do.

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