• My friend will be have surgery to remove her ovaries and her omemtum. Does anyone have any helps or hints for her post operative care?

    Asked by emily on Friday, September 7, 2012

    My friend will be have surgery to remove her ovaries and her omemtum. Does anyone have any helps or hints for her post operative care?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • vizslagirl's Avatar

      i just had my ovaries removed 3 1/2 weeks ago. it was an outpatient surgery that was done laproscopically by robot. so i felt like a scene from the Matrix.....
      even though i was in chemically induced menopause for 18 months prior, having my ovaries removed has "crashed" me into deeper menopause. i healed fairly quickly from the surgery and was told to wait at least 2 weeks before resuming my favorite activities and lifting more than 10 lbs (you don't want a hernia where the incisions are made...). i was back on a horse 15 days after surgery.
      HOWEVER------the mental/emotional fallout from this? it is throwing me for a loop (that might have more to do with my cancer recurring last year) and also switching to a new oncologist that is 2 hours from my home. i think your friend will have to be prepared for some fatigue, maybe lower energy levels....also maybe feeling a little down? i do not know everyone is different and i'm still going through this myself and trying to figure it out. your friend should recover fairly quickly, all things being equal, just listen to the doctors and don't overdo it until you know you are healed. listen to your body!!!!!!! good luck!!!

      about 8 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Hi Emily. I had a complete hysterectomy Aug 23. Uterus, fallopian tubes & ovaries. "Old style" so I have a scar down my belly. I was in the hospital for 4 days, then sincei live by myself, I stayed w/my best friend & her family for 3 days, until bothe she & I felt that I was safe on stairs and could take care of myself. For me the biggies were learning to give myself lovenox injections -- blood thinner to prevent clots, another 2 weeks or so. Turning over in bed was hard until I got my staples out on Wed. I also tend to wear out easily. On Thursday I wento see my family dr, stopped @ a bookstore, then met a friend for lunch. I was wiped out by the time I got home. Hope that info is helpful. All the best to your friend.

      about 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I had a complete hysterectomy and my tumor, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in November 2010. I was in the hospital 6 days. It took a while (several days) for my bowels to start working and I didn't eat much in the hospital. I did one walk around the nurses station the second day after my surgery. The third day after the surgery seemed to be the worst. When I tried to walk around the nurses station I started throwing up. I felt much better after that. My incision was from my belly button down my abdomen with staples that were removed a week and a half after the surgery. I also had a foley catheter that was removed the same time as my staples were removed. The foley catheter enabled me to rest and not worry about going to the bathroom except for bowel movements and to empty the bag when it was full. The nurses stressed that it was important to keep the foley clean and sterile to avoid infections. I took 3 weeks off from work at a desk job to rest and heal. I was told no heavy lifting (over 10 lbs) for 6 weeks following the surgery. During the first 3 weeks after the surgery I wore very loose clothing in my abdomen area (e.g., night gowns or sweat pants or nothing). When sleeping, I created a "tent" with a large pillow to keep sheets and blankets from touching my abdomen which was sensitive. I also had problems with backaches because my abdominal muscles were temporarily weakened because of the surgery. I also had problems with hot and cold flashes due to menopause. As a result, I wore layered clothing so that I could take off and put on clothes as my temperature changed.

      about 8 years ago

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