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Published on Jun 1, 2010
http://www.PreOp.com -or- http://bit.ly/PreOpFacebook -or- http://bit.ly/PreOpTwitter - Patient Education - Patient Education Company Patient ED @ 617-379-1582 INFO Your doctor will decide whether to make a vertical... or horizontal incision. An incision is made cutting through the skin and muscle of the abdomen. Next, the surgeon will inspect the general condition of the abdominal organs. Once the ovaries are exposed the uterus can then be separated from the bladder. Next, the fallopian tubes are tied off and cut. All arteries and veins connected to the uterus are tied off and cut as well. Now the uterus can be pulled upward. This stretches the vagina allowing the surgeon to cut the uterus free at the cervix. The surgeon closes the top of the vagina with stitches, and provides added support by attaching the ligaments that once held the uterus in place. The incision is then closed... and a drainage tube may be left inserted at the site. Finally, a sterile bandage is applied.
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Patient Education Company http://www.PreOp.com -or- http://bit.ly/PreOpFacebook -or- http://bit.ly/PreOpTwitter - Patient Education - Patient Education Company Following the procedure, you'll be moved then to a recovery area where you can relax until the sedation and anesthetic has worn off - At some point you will be moved to your room. While you're in the hospital, doctors and nurses will regularly check you - monitoring your progress following surgery.
It's important that you realize your time in the hospital is an extension of the surgical procedure.
While you're in the hospital, your medical team will continue to monitor your body's immediate reaction to the procedure just performed.
That means that your time in the hospital is not really for rest and recovery. And you should expect to have your movements restricted and even your sleep interrupted by nurses or other medical staff. Patient Education The amount of time that you spend in the hospital will depend on your age, your health and whether or not any complications arise. Be assured that once your doctor feels that your condition is properly stabilized, you'll be allowed to leave.
Be sure to follow your doctor's advice and allow the full-recommended period of time before you return to your normal routine.
As a normal effect of hysterectomy, you will no longer menstruate and will not be able to have children. If your ovaries were removed you may be prescribed hormone replacement drugs.
Fortunately, Hysterectomy surgery only rarely leads to complications. One potential complication is a persistent residual neuralgia - or pain - around the scar.
It can be either localized or general. It may develop soon after surgery - or even weeks or months later. Usually it will decrease in intensity with time. But in very rare situations, it can become permanent.
A more serious complication comes from accidental damage to the bladder or urinary tract during surgery. Patient Education Once you return home, you will be responsible to keeping the dressing intact and clean.
As with all surgery, you should be alert for signs of infection near the incision - increased swelling, redness, bleeding or other discharge. Your doctor may advise you to be on the alert for other symptoms as well. If you experience any unusual symptoms, report them to your doctor right away.
You may also notice some bruising in the general area of the incision. The discoloration may be extensive - but as with any bruise, it should heal on it's own.
Before you leave, you'll be given discharge guidelines which may include diet, medication, work and other activity restrictions.
Patient Education You'll also make at least one follow-up appointment so that the doctor will be able to check the healing of the incision and/or to remove sutures.
this program has been designed to help you to understand a surgical procedure and to empower you to be an active participant in your own care. We hope that you take the time to discuss alternative treatments with your doctor and that you learn as much as you can about your own particular medical situation.
We also want to make sure that you understand all the risks of surgery and potential complications which can follow - no matter how unlikely they may be.
It's important that you understand exactly what the procedure entails - including the risks, benefits and alternative treatments - before you decide to proceed.
Always remember that the final decision to go ahead or not is up to you.