Type 2 diabetic having hysterectomy

By fpulido Latest Reply 2013-06-23 18:43:24 -0500
Started 2013-06-22 17:12:41 -0500

Due to a large fibroid, I will be having a hysterectomy, but my ovaries will be left, so I hopefully will not go into menopause. I am looking for information on how this will effect my diabetes. Will my sugars become harder to control, will it cause me to gain weight (already overweight), about how long is the recovery time, etc. I am not worried about the surgery, actually happy to have the pain gone, just trying to educate myself on the effects to my diabetes. Currently taking 1000 Metformin twice a day and 1/2 tablet Glipizide twice a day.

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Type1Lou 2013-06-23 18:43:24 -0500 Report

In 1988 I had a hysterectomy due to a fibroid. My ovaries we left intact. At that time, I had been a diabetic for 12 years. I don't recall any significant effect the surgery had in my subsequent diabetes control, other than the post-operative stress my body experienced. Once I was healed, my diabetes was the same it had always been. I started going through menopause about 10 years after the hysterectomy and I really think that menopause and aging has affected my diabetes more than the hysterectomy did.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-06-23 11:32:13 -0500 Report

Had a TAH/BSO about 6 months after being diagnosed with diabetes. Needed the big H due to fibroids. Recovery was faster for me, with no complications, then some who had theirs the same week. My BG was a little high will in the hosp. But seemed to improve as healing progressed. The highest out of the hosp reading I had was about a week post surgery. Carb craving due to healing and I ate a huge serving of the best cheesy fries with grilled mushrooms. Did not regret the indulgence, but have not repeated it since then.
I think fibroids and insulin have some weird thing happening, don't remember right now if they may help store it or what.
Oh, also to the healing, I was worried I might heal slower due to having the H just a few weeks after 2 other surgeries, that were after a MRSA battle. But I was right on schedule for a non diabetic.
Seems the better your control, the easier your healing.
Just make sure the hosp. people and your surgeon take into account you might need insulin, if (like me) you don't normally use it or more if you do.
As to weight, so far almost 3 years out, weight is about the same. But I had already gone through an early menopause.

GitchyMe 2013-06-23 08:58:34 -0500 Report

I had hysterectomy prior to diagnosis so i cant say much about control, but i will say recovery time is about a week or two till you are up and back to semi normal. Wish i could help with the sugar ?'s but as i said diagnosis came well after my surgery.