Sometimes your ovarian cancer, an ovarian surgery is required. Undergoing the surgery may result in the removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the womb, or the cervix. A quick guide to instruct you how to have an effective recovery after an ovarian surgery is necessary for you under any circumstances.
Deal with menopause
If you have to remove both ovaries, you can try hormone replacement therapy to ease the symptoms of menopause caused by the disappearance of estrogen because ovaries are no longer present to produce it. In case one of your ovaries still remains, it will produce enough estrogen for you to menstruate if your uterus was not removed in a hysterectomy. Menopause due to your loss of the ovaries can also put you at higher risks of heart and bone disease. The solution for you is to getting plenty of exercises, maintain a low-fat diet, and ensure sufficient intake of calcium. Of course, you need to discuss your diet with your doctor.
Get up as soon as possible
It is believed that getting up as soon as possible after an ovarian surgery can promote your recovery. The nurses and physiotherapist are can help you with this. To avoid feeling painful when you get up, you should ask your doctor for painkillers before you have to get out of bed. Besides, doing the breathing and leg exercises which you have been taught is important if you want to avert chest infections and blood clots.
Do proper activities
It is true that you are very weak after the surgery. So when you return home from hospital, you should be easy on yourself for the first couple of weeks at least. You should spend most of your time resting with your feet up and avoid standing for more than a few minutes at a moment.
The first 6 weeks after your surgery is the ideal time to gradually build up the activity that you used to do until you get back to normal condition. You should know that you can still possibly get tired easily. Don’t blame yourself for that. You just need more time to balance. If needed, you should talk to your surgeon about your recovery period if you have concerns about how much activity you should be doing.
Find support from counseling service
After an ovarian surgery, it is common that you feel very vulnerable. The resultant fatigue during first days after surgery can make you feel quite down. What you need to do is to remind yourself that they are completely normal reaction to what has happened to your body. You should take time and talk to your doctor about finding a counselor or support group.
How much time you take to recover from an ovarian surgery depends on what stage of cancer you are in, what types of surgery you have, and what you do during your recovery.
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Review Date: August 8, 2017 | Last Modified: August 8, 2017
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