Patient story: A hysterectomy

Mrs M, a Senior Lecturer in further education, had suffered heavy periods for several years, with symptoms of severe pain, sickness and migraines.

Mrs M symptoms were causing her emotional stress, restricting her lifestyle with her having to choose her clothing very carefully and only being able to take holidays at certain times of the month. Her GP had tried to treat her symptoms but it came to a point whereby she couldn’t carry out her normal day to day life because of the problems she experienced, particularly with severe flooding.

"The nurses always had time to talk to me"
Mrs M
Hysterectomy patient

Mrs M was initially referred to Mr Hugh Griffith in February 2009 and felt immediately confident and at ease with the way Mr Griffith discussed the investigations he would like to carry out and following that, the treatment options that were available to her. In March 2009 Mr Griffith performed a hysteroscopy where he diagnosed fibroids and polyps to be the cause of the problems she was experiencing. The fibroids were enlarging her womb to the size of a 16 week pregnancy.

After the hysteroscopy, Mrs M came back to see Mr Griffith to discuss the results of the procedure and how they might proceed. As Mrs M had never had children, Mr Griffith gave her the option of having treatment that would still enable her to conceive, a second option was to have a hysterectomy. It was important for her to have these choices and also to have the time to make an informed decision which would have an impact on the rest of her life. Mr Griffith arranged to see Mrs M after a further 6 weeks to give her time to decide how she wished to proceed.

Mrs M decided to go ahead with a hysterectomy and this was scheduled to fit in with the arrangements she needed to put in place. During the lead up to the operation she had a 3 month course of Zolarex injections to stop her periods and shrink her womb. She was therefore able to enjoy a long holiday, come to terms with the procedure she was going to have and make the necessary arrangements for cover at work - which were all important factors for Mrs M.

Mrs M was admitted to Spire Cheshire Hospital for her hysterectomy with Mr Griffith in early October 2009. She stayed in the hospital for 4 nights and Mr Griffith came to see her every day to check on her progress. She was delighted with the care she received from the nursing and support staff on the ward. ‘Nothing was rushed or too much trouble and the nurses always had time to talk to me’ said Mrs M. She also found the advice and treatment plan she received from the physiotherapists very helpful in aiding her recovery and getting her back to normal life.

6 weeks after the operation, Mrs M was continuing to make a good recovery with plans to return to work early in the new year. She was able to look forward to an enjoyable Christmas with family and friends, worry free holidays and less stress and anxiety at work - all as a result of the advice, support and treatment provided to her by Mr Griffith at Spire Cheshire Hospital.

November 2009

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