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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy — The Recovery Process

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Laparoscopic Hysterectomy — The Recovery Process

Although a laparoscopic (keyhole) hysterectomy is not as traumatic as an abdominal or vaginal one, there is still a recovery process that you must go through before your body can return to normal.  Here are some tips on how to ensure a speedy recovery following laparoscopic hysterectomy. The pain Even following keyhole surgery to remove your uterus, you will still feel a degree of pain.  You may also experience nausea caused by the general anaesthetic.  Your laparoscopic services team in the hospital will provide you with drug therapy to relieve both of these issues. Dressings and other post-operative items Immediately following your procedure, you will have: a dressing placed over your wound a catheter to drain urine from your bladder a drip in your arm HRT drugs (if you have had your ovaries removed) The catheter is there to allow nursing staff to monitor your fluid output following surgery and will be removed within 24 hours.  The drip is usually there to provide fluids and/or painkillers and will also be removed within 24 hours of your procedure.  The dressing is necessary to keep your wound clean and will require changing every day. The day following your procedure, you will be helped out of bed and encouraged to walk around the hospital ward.  This is to aid your circulation and reduce the risk of clotting. Recovery period Following your laparoscopic hysterectomy, you should be well enough to leave hospital within a few days.  Although you’ll still need to visit your GP every few weeks for check-ups, you shouldn’t need to go back to hospital, provided that your recovery proceeds without complications. For at least six weeks post-procedure you should not lift anything heavier than a kettle of water.  Although your wound will be very small, you must remember that your body has suffered a considerable trauma internally and will take around six weeks to recover completely.  You should refrain from driving for a few weeks after your operation, until you can comfortably wear a seatbelt and safely perform an emergency stop. Possible complications You may find that you experience constipation for the first week or so following your surgery.  This is often caused by the side-effects of a general anaesthetic and can be relieved easily by taking a mild over-the-counter laxative. Urinary tract infections can also set in.  If you experience pain when you pee, notice any bleeding or vaginal discharge, or feel as though you are running a temperature, you should consult your GP straight away. Feelings of depression are common following hysterectomy surgery.  You may feel tearful and experience a sense of loss.  These feelings should subside within a month or so following treatment, as your hormones settle down again.  If you feel extremely ‘down’ or experience the feeling that you might want to harm yourself, consult your GP straight away. Back to work If you don’t have a manual occupation, you should be able to go back to work within a month or two.  However, it is a good idea to ask your employer if you can come back on slightly reduced hours until you feel completely back to normal again. Exercising and sex it’s a good idea to exercise following your operation.  However, it is best to avoid gym work or activities such as yoga or...

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So itchy and it just won’t stop – cholestasis of pregnancy

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on So itchy and it just won’t stop – cholestasis of pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful time for many expectant mothers, but it’s not always the most comfortable time. One of the complications of pregnancy that can cause much distress to a pregnant woman is cholestasis of pregnancy, which causes unstoppable and at times painful itching due to impairment of the flow of bile from the liver. Read on to see if you are experiencing this condition:  How do I know if my itching is cholestasis of pregnancy? Cholestasis of pregnancy presents as an intense itch without a rash, which worsens during the day and becomes worse over the course of a pregnancy. The itching can occur in any location but often starts in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.  Other symptoms such as jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin) and darker urine can also be seen. To get a formal diagnosis you’ll need to visit a pregnancy specialist for liver function tests, which will show elevated levels of some proteins if you are suffering from cholestasis. Other liver disorders as well as serious disorders such as pre-eclampsia can also cause similar symptom so it’s important to visit a pregnancy specialist who can properly explore the possible causes to find the correct diagnosis. Why me? It’s hard to say why or if an expectant mother will get cholestasis of pregnancy. It’s more common in cases where there is already impaired liver function, such as hepatitis, and often runs in families. Women who have suffered from cholestasis of pregnancy in one pregnancy often suffer from it in subsequent pregnancies. What can I do about it? Cholestasis poses little risk to the mother, beside discomfort, but in the final month of pregnancy it can pose some risks to your baby such as the risk of premature labour and potential fetal death (the mechanism for the fetal distress is not yet understood). The itching intensifies as pregnancy progresses along. Your pregnancy specialist will monitor the progress of your pregnancy and may prescribe medication to help control the itching. They will also monitor the progress of the baby’s development, including lung maturity, with a view to an early delivery of the baby. Delivery of the baby immediately resolves the symptoms. Some women also find warm baths and lotions soothing. Be sure to discuss with your pregnancy specialist before commencing any treatments including over the counter medications and herbal cures. Some of these are not safe for use during pregnancy and may not be suitable. Cholestasis of pregnancy is a serious problem that needs to be appropriately monitored to ensure your baby stays safe and healthy throughout your pregnancy. Finding an experienced pregnancy specialist can help to mitigate these risks so you can enjoy a worry-free pregnancy. For more information on women’s health, contact a practice like Total Women’s...

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