Enhanced Recovery Programme – Anita’s Story

I had a prophalactic laproscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy on 02.04.2012 undertaken due to strong family history of bowel and endometrial cancer.

I was very apprehensive prior to admission as, at first glance, the enhanced recovery programme diary appeared to be setting out very strict guidelines. However they were only ‘guidelines’.

The diary had space for comment if you weren’t able to follow any instruction. i.e. sit out on day of surgery, get dressed, eat in dining room. The staff were amazing. I had my surgery late afternoon and came back to ward with usual catheter, iv and morphine pump.

Once all tubes etc out following morning, I was assisted to en suite to wash, then to chair. I rested on my bed when I needed to and sat out when I could. My meals were brought to me. That may have been because I was having a trial without catheter and output needed measuring but it appeared that the programme helps people to know what to expect and they then do the best they are able within those guidelines.

I was amazed to find that I didn’t have a lot of pain or dragging sensation and in fact the worst thing was the shoulder pain resulting from the CO2 gas dispersing!!! I am now 5 days post op and feeling good. I realise that I was lucky that I went into surgery in good health. Good luck to anyone about to undergo similar surgery X


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