Robotic Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Week 9 Recovery

This is it. The last video of my hysterectomy recovery series. I got so far behind on uploading these videos to the blog that I almost can’t believe we’ve come to the end of it.

That’s not to say there will never be another update. In fact, I might come back in a year just for kicks with a post about life since a hysterectomy. Who knows? We’ll see! I’m leaving it open to possibilities.

At the end of this post I will quickly update you on how things have been since I stopped filming this series. I am currently approaching 5 months out at this point and just had my final checkup with my surgeon.

For now, let’s get into week 9. The week in which I thought I would have nothing new to report. Womp womp.

Watch the video below or continue scrolling for timestamps.


( 0:15 ) Unexpected update. I thought things were “back to normal” at 8 weeks.

( 0:30 ) A hysterectomy is like a roller coaster.

( 1:30 ) Ovulation pains.

( 2:30 ) Took our first post-op vacation; road tripping.

( 2:57 ) PMS symptoms.

( 4:14 ) Weight gain.

( 4:46 ) Boobs filled back out.

( 5:48 ) Boob sensitivity.

( 7:10 ) Overly emotional.

( 10:30 ) Incision irritation.

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5 month post-op update

K, so yesterday I had my final check up with my surgeon. I was given the “all clear” for all things and was told that I am considered “healed up.” Because I no longer have a cervix, yearly checkups are not necessary, but I am welcome to schedule them for peace of mind. So essentially if I feel like I need some reassurance or I start having problems I can make an appointment, but they aren’t really necessary from this point on, separate of my general annual checkups from my primary care provider.

As for ovulations pains, I continue to have them every month. It starts with a very distinct discomfort on the right side of my pelvic region where my ovary is located. Once that happens I know that within two days I will start having the discomfort and bloating and within 2-3 days after that I go through the rollercoaster of emotions. So ovulation is a very real thing but in a weird way, I kind of enjoy feeling the process month to month. I’ve come to expect it and really appreciate my body more.

Other than that, I feel pretty week in my core. As someone who has spent her entire life as an athlete, going months without working my core has been an … experience. I can feel tension in my core when I hold doors for people, or pick up my children. Routine things that I never thought twice about before but now notice as I’m building my core strength back up.

I’m feeling good and I’m glad that I no longer deal with so many of the side effects I was dealing with, including waking up 10 times a night to pee. Now your girl is sleeping through the night and feeling refreshed hon-ney!

About My Surgeon

In case you are interested, I had my hysterectomy done by Dr. Lennox Hoyte of The Pelvic Floor Institute.

Dr. Hoyte is a fellowship trained, Board Certified specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).  He is Managing Partner at The Pelvic Floor Institute in Tampa and Sarasota who specializes in advanced robotic and vaginal surgery to correct vaginal prolapse, and is one of the leading robotic prolapse surgeons in the world. He has trained over 60 surgeons in the use of the Da Vinci robotic Surgical system.

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Hoyte and his staff. Every visit was pleasant, on time, and thorough. My biggest fear is surgery and Dr. Hoyte helped to ease every concern I had. He gave me a multitude of options for both short term and long term solutions and never made me feel like there was one correct decision to make.

Going through my experience with him, I would 100% recommend him to anyone who has any kind of concern regarding the bladder or the female reproductive system.

I am not sponsored or paid in any capacity to share my experience with him and his staff, I am just genuinely pleased with the care and professionalism I experienced at his practice, so much so that I drove 2.5 hours both ways for every appointment, sometimes making 2-3 trips per week. Dr. Hoyte mad himself available at all times, providing me with his cell number incase I had any further concerns or questions.

Cant. Say. Enough. Good. Things!

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That’s all for now! Be sure you continue leaving your questions and comments so we can continue to build this incredible community of women. My inbox is always open!

xo, tara

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