A month ago today, I underwent surgery to remove my uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix. The procedure is called total abdominal hysterectomy bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, or TAHBSO. TAHBSO was necessary because I had a severe case of endometriosis, adenomyosis, and adenomyoma.
My OB-GYNE said a hysterectomy was the best option to spare me the agony of prolonged and heavy menstruation, which had 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.
Before the operation, I researched hysterectomy, its advantages, and its disadvantages. I found helpful tips from a website that caters to hysterectomy patients. It took me several weeks before I decided that it was about time to go under the knife and change my life for the better.
I’m thankful that I have a supportive husband who made me feel at ease before the important day unfolded.
The operation went well. It lasted for about two hours, and 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 was happening around me. I even requested one of the nurses to allow me to see what the 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.
Four weeks after the surgery, I think I’m on my way to full recovery. I haven’t had a hard time recovering because I followed the doctor’s advice. I rested a lot but made sure to move around the house. I started doing light chores in my second week. There may be occasional irritation and pain, but it is all bearable and subsides in a few minutes.
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 am in 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, visiting a medical professional is always the right thing to do.