Back in December, I wrote about how I had an appointment to have surgery done, a bilateral salpingectomy. Basically, a fancy way of saying I was going to have my fallopian tubes removed, instead of just tied or snipped. It was something I’ve thought a lot about and on January 3rd I had it done!
I had to be at the hospital bright and early. Once I arrived I checked in, filled out some forms, and then just waited to be called back. Once that happened I had to pee in a cup (which took 3 tries), switch into a hospital gown, and then just wait until it was my turn. A nurse stopped by to ask a few more questions and hook up some IV’s that would be used later during surgery. Later on my Doctor dropped in and went over the procedure again, explaining how I wouldn’t be able to have kids and just crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s. I told him I fully understood. The surgery was going to take about 45 minutes, then I’d have about another hour in recovery. I walked myself into the OR, along with a nurse, and hopped up on the table. They did the typical thing of confirming my info one last time, hooked up the night night juice, and then next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery!
My throat was a little sore and I felt a little groggy but that passed pretty quickly. Everything went fine during surgery and as expected. There were no surprises which was great. My parents were allowed back to see me and after a few more minutes of just relaxing a bit, my clothes were brought to me and I was able to change and head home. They did wheel me out in a wheelchair which was kinda nice. I was a little sore but nothing too bad. The surgery was done via 3 little holes: left side, right side, and my belly button. They used dissolvable stitches and they were covered with a type of bandage glue that would dissolve over time as well. I made sure to wear leggings that had a high waist that way nothing was rubbed the wrong way. I had the surgery done on a Friday, rested at home the entire weekend, and was back to work on Monday. The only pain I had was related to the gas pains that I was warned about. They basically fill you up with air to make space to do what they need to do. They try to get out as much of the air as they can but sometimes you’re still stuck with some. Because of this, I had to sleep on my back for about 2-3 days. If I tried to lay on my side, the air would travel up and my chest and shoulder area would hurt. I didn’t have much pain in my stomach area though. The only pain I had felt more like muscle soreness than anything. Like maybe I did one too many sit ups or planks. I did suffer from a little bit of constipation due to the medicines given during surgery. I took care of that by taking a stool softener. That did the trick and by the end of the week everything was back to normal. I wasn’t allowed to work out or anything like that (or use tampons/have sex) until I went back and was cleared. That happened on the 21st of January. At my appointment I was told everything came back fine (my tubes were sent off for testing just to be sure) and I could go back to my regular activities! While I was under, I had my Nexplanon birth control removed as well. I figured I could get a 2 for 1 special since I have no use for hormonal birth control anymore. I’ve been on some sort of BC for so long, it’ll be nice to finally get off of it.
I think that pretty much covers everything. If anyone has any other questions feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll try my best to answer. My doctor was the first one I approached about having this done. I know a lot of women run into issues with doctors saying no, or giving them a hard time. Luckily, I didn’t deal with any of that.