In many respects, the sacrohysteropexy operation that we offer here at The Pelvic Clinic is superior to a traditional hysterectomy. Because we don’t remove any part of the womb, the operation doesn’t change the body significantly and it has a relatively short recovery time. However, as we’ve pointed out before on this blog, it is still a form of surgery, so you can’t expect to recover instantly. Therefore, immediately after the operation, you may experience some discomfort or mild pain. However, there are a number of common-sense steps that you can take to minimise this discomfort. We’ll run through some of them in today’s blog.
1. Take any painkillers that you are given after waking up from surgery
After the sacrohysteropexy operation, you will wake up with an oxygen mask over your face and a drip connected to your arm. There is no need for concern, as this is perfectly normal. However, it’s important that you take any painkillers that you are given while you are in this condition, as they will drastically minimise discomfort while you are in the hospital.
2. Opt for loose clothing
Before you go home, you’ll probably want to get changed into your own clothes. Tight-fitting clothes might be stylish, but they can put pressure on your pelvic area and abdomen, where our surgeon carried out your sacrohysteropexy. Obviously, these areas will be vulnerable to discomfort for a while following your surgery. That’s why we think it’s advisable for you to choose loose-fitting clothing that won’t put much pressure on any part of your body while you’re recovering from your operation. You might be surprised at how much difference a simple change to your outfit can make to your levels of post-surgery comfort. We also recommend that you continue to opt for loose clothes during your entire recovery period.
3. Arrange transport back from the hospital in advance
Most sacrohysteropexy patients can return home the day after their surgery. However, going home using public transport can be stressful and uncomfortable. You may be subjected to physical pressures that you wouldn’t have to deal with in your own vehicle. However, it’s obviously unsafe for you to drive immediately after surgery. Therefore, your best option is to ask a friend or family member to pick you up from the hospital and drop you off at home, thus minimising any transport-related discomfort. It’s usually best to arrange this in advance.
Most operations cause a small amount of pain or discomfort, but there’s no reason to be afraid. If you follow the sensible tips we’ve provided here, you’ll be able to minimise and manage your discomfort with ease. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.