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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more


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I had a divinci Hysterectomy on September 16th 2014. My doctor returned me back to work on Oct 6. I am bleeding heavily bright red blood for 2 hours?

I had a divinci Hysterectomy on September 16th 2014. My doctor returned me back to work on Oct 6. I am bleeding heavily bright red blood for 2 hours?

Sorry: I want you to go home and ly down in bed and have someone call your doctor. If the bleeding does not stop go to the ER. ...Read more

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Why do doctors insist that women go back to work in six weeks after a hysterectomy when it takes for longer than that to recover from this?

Why do doctors insist that women go back to work in six weeks after a hysterectomy when it takes for longer than that to recover from this?

Wounds healed: Your wounds should be totally healed by then. Why don't you want to return to work? The vast, vast majority are back to work within 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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I had a salpingo oopherectomy hysterectomy robotically 15 days ago due to polyps & pcosI returned to work on day 13 and I feel fine. Can I have sex?

I had a salpingo oopherectomy hysterectomy robotically 15 days ago due to polyps & pcosI returned to work on day 13 and I feel fine. Can I have sex?

Ask surgeon: It's great that you are already feeling so well but you still have a lot of healing to do on the inside. This is too early to resume sexual activity. Ask your surgeon when it will be safe when you are seen for your next post-op visit. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Help please? How long are people out of work after a hysterectomy?

Help please? How long are people out of work after a hysterectomy?

Depends: With currently available minimally invasive technologies most people can return to most normal activities within 7-10 days. When you go back to work would depend on the method used to perform the surgery and the type of work you do. The more physical the job the longer you should be out of work. ...Read more

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How many weeks will I have to take off from work after having the davinci hysterectomy?

Depends: This is a minimally invasive surgery so recovery is typically shorter. Your doctor knows you best, and so their advice/recommendation holds the most water. I can tell you I've had patients go back to work as soon as 1 week and as late as 6 weeks after this type of hysterectomy. Depends on the person, how they heal, any complications they have, etc. Good luck! ...Read more

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Iv had a full hysterectomy can cysts return?

Iv had a full hysterectomy can cysts return?

What type of cysts?: If you have had a total hysterectomy with removal of your uterus, tubes, and ovaries, then ovarian cysts or cysts on your uterus cannot recur. ...Read more

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What is the minimum amount of time needed off work after a total hysterectomy?

Technique: That depends on the technique used (open vs laparoscopic vs robotic. It also depends on the weight, fitness, age and health status of the patient. It also depends on the type of job the patient has. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can u tell me why my right side and incision site hurt when I work 3 months out of a hysterectomy?

Can u tell me why my right side and incision site hurt when I work 3 months out of a hysterectomy?

Unsure: Depending on how your surgery was done, you could expect to have some pain for up to 4 or 6 months. The only way to get a really good idea of the cause for your pain would be to have a exam. You could call the surgeon who did your surgery. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy for retroverted uterus, how would this work?

Hysterectomy for retroverted uterus, how would this work?

Probably the same: The uterus can be retroverted, anteverted, or mid-plane and all of these are normal. That does not usually affect the process of performing a hysterectomy. What can complicate the procedure would be significant adhesions or other exophytic disease. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis return after total hysterectomy?

Can endometriosis return after total hysterectomy?

Unlikely: A complete hysterectomy, with removal of both ovaries, usually is curative for endometriosis. I have seen cases afterwards, but it is extremely rare. ...Read more

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I have to have hysterectomy will I have stay in the hospital and if so how long and how long I be of work?

Depends: It depends on the type of hysterectomy. Usually you are able to go home the next day and 4-6 weeks off work. Talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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My mom is having a full hysterectomy (davinci) & lives alone. I'm going to need to take time off of work. Generally how long will I need to plan for?

Several days...: At least. Depending on her age and condition, a week may be required. Her surgeon will have suggestions based on her overall condition and the anticipated time required for him/her to complete the procedure. At some point more limited help will probably suffice. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy for retroverted uterus, how does this work?

Same: The position of the uterus does not change the process or procedure when performing a hysterectomy - the surgery would be the same ...Read more

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Can thermal ablation be repeated? I don't think it was done well 10 years ago, symptoms have returned. Hysterectomy recommended, but i'd rather not.

Probably it was: Done medium well and not well done. (bad joke!). Seriously speaking, there are no guarantees that menses won't recur with thermal abaltion. U may want to get a 2nd opinion if ur not pleased. Best wishes! Http://www. M.Webmd. Com/women/endometrial-ablation-16200. ...Read more

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Causes of endometriosis after a complete hysterectomy and two laporotomys in a year and still returned, pains worse after surgerys that was 10yrs ago?

Causes of endometriosis after a complete hysterectomy and two laporotomys in a year and still returned, pains worse after surgerys that was 10yrs ago?

Good question!: It is difficult to explain the return of your endometriosis after hyterectomy. The causes of endometriosis are not very well understood. It is possible some of your peritoneal cells may converted to endometrial cells. Or some of your residual endometriosis reactivated after a period of time. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy in1983 and I work up this morning went to the bathroom and wipe there was bright blood n my totelpaper. I'm 70 years old have?

I had a hysterectomy in1983 and I work up this morning went to the bathroom and wipe there was bright blood n my totelpaper. I'm 70 years old have?

Postmenopausal Bleed: Any bleeding in a Postmenopausal woman needs to be evaluated. In your case since we don't know why you had your hysterectomy I would be concerned about bleeding from the vaginal cuff. The blood could also be coming from your bladder. Get this checked by your doctor right away. ...Read more

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If I need a hysterectomy in the next year or two and want a tummy tuck how does that work? Which comes first.

If I need a hysterectomy in the next year or two and want a tummy tuck how does that work? Which comes first.

First: See a plastic surgeon to see if you are even a candidate for a tummy tuck vis-à-vis your cardiopulmonary symptoms. Only the healthiest of patients should have a concomitant tummy tuck and hiysterectomy. If you smoke quit. You can have the operations in either order but if the TT is 1st, it would be good if the plastic surgeon could open and close for the gyn if they need to go through the abdomen. ...Read more

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I am 44 had hysterectomy 3 years ago left one ovary. Blood work showed my estrogen to be 708.6. I am worried.?

I am 44 had hysterectomy 3 years ago left one ovary. Blood work showed my estrogen to be 708.6. I am worried.?

Premenopausal E2: No worries. You are normal. It depends on what point in your cycle. You are just premenopausal female. The lone ovary ...Read more

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Same low right side pain. Had complete hysterectomy. Blood work normal. Could it still be appedicitius? Sometimes very painful, hurts to move at times

Possibly: Simply having abdominal surgery puts you at risk for your intestines to adhere to other abdominal tissues. Problems can range from pain caused by the inability of intestines to move properly, constipation, or an intestinal blockage. You may also have abdominal nerve pain because of surgery. If you have fever, nausea/vomiting or feel very i'll then be checked out at an emergency dept immediately. ...Read more

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My job I'm required to lift 20 lbs or more plus I stand all day. Is it ok to return to this 6 weeks after a vaginal hysterectomy?

Should be okay: Six weeks is a usual amount of time for healing after a surgery like a vaginal hysterectomy. As long as you're not bleeding and not in pain and as long as you have seen your doctor for a postoperative appointment to ensure that there weren't complications, there should be no problem with heavy lifting and standing as needed for work. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Does pelvic floor therapy work? Should you have it before of after you have your bladder tacked up and a hysterectomy?

Does pelvic floor therapy work? Should you have it before of after you have your bladder tacked up and a hysterectomy?

If you are: Referring to the Kegel exercises the answer is yes. They are muscles and respond to exercise like any other muscle group. The sooner you begin the stronger they become. No harm in starting now. ...Read more

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I have constipation after hysterectomy 45 days ago. If double doses of miralax or laxatives work for bowels could I still have a partial obstruction.

I have constipation after hysterectomy 45 days ago. If double doses of miralax or laxatives work for bowels could I still have a partial obstruction.

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to have Partial Intestinal Obstruction after Hysterectomy.And also you are moving your bowels. You can slowly cut down the dose of your laxatives and try to move your bowels on your own. But if you still need the laxatives daily consult your doctor. You also need to drink plenty fluids and fiber in your diet ...Read more

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Prozac (fluoxetine) works but I get bouts of tiredness, is there anything else I can take. I was before hysterectomy very active and high energy, now have no joy?

Prozac (fluoxetine) works but I get bouts of tiredness, is there anything else I can take. I was before hysterectomy very active and high energy, now have no joy?

Adding in Wellbutrin (bupropion): Xl 150 mg every morning could help a lot. Make sure you are not excessively sleepy from a primary sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or periodic limb movements of sleep. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy done last week and I'm anemic. I have very little energy. How soon will taking iron vitamins start to work?

I had a hysterectomy done last week and I'm anemic. I have very little energy. How soon will taking iron vitamins start to work?

Anemia: Iron deficiency anemia is the #1 anemia in women. Iron three times a day is need while anemic and for 3 months after hemoglobin is back to normal, then take it once a day. Take a stool softener, iron cause sconstipation. Md usually will check CBC in 1-2 weeks with reticulocyte count, your hg should be going up. So iron should start working quick. If feeling too weak, call your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having a full hysterectomy, overies also, large cysts and endometriosis, will my wieght return to normal, I eat salad and chicken fruit only, ?

I'm having a full hysterectomy, overies also, large cysts and endometriosis, will my wieght return to normal, I eat salad and chicken fruit only, ?

Depends: Weight gain or loss is related to the amount of energy taken in balanced with energy expended. It is common for patients to lose some weight after an operation, that returns to the preop weight after several weeks to months. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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I have had pelvic pain for 4+ years. Hysterectomy didn't work, made it worse. GYN & GI doctors have done everything they can for me with no diagnoses?

Difficult: This is a trying situation. One thing I have run across in the past is bladder pain (masing as pelvic pain) from interstitial cystitis, a problem that can only be diagnosed by a urologist doing a cystoscopy (looking in the bladder) you may try that ...Read more

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53 year old female who did a partial hysterectomy three years ago. Recent blood works. Estradiol is 263 and dhea is. 70 and progesterone is 6.7meaning?

53 year old female who did a partial hysterectomy three years ago. Recent blood works. Estradiol is 263 and dhea is. 70 and progesterone is 6.7meaning?

Ovaries: Still functioning. Not completely in menopause yet. You are estrogen diment and might feel better with a topical Progesterone supplementation. Progesterone is the first jopme lost in early menopause ...Read more

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I had an hysterectomy, and now have abdominal scar tissue. My stomach is huge. Can I work out to make it go down. Or use the body wraps.

I had an hysterectomy, and now have abdominal scar tissue. My stomach is huge. Can I work out to make it go down. Or use the body wraps.

Yes: Diet and exercise are the best ways to try to reduce the extra abdominal fat. Wraps are not very effective and will only give temporary results if any at all. ...Read more