What to expect after a fibroid operation?

In my earlier entry about my experience with fibroids, I mentioned that under my gyne’s recommendation, I did an open myomectomy operation to have the fibroids removed. My operation was the abdominal or open myomectomy which is similar to a cesarean. But in this instance, instead of a baby, the fibroids or as my gyne would call them, jewels, were taken out.

I hope to be as candid and honest as possible in my documentation of my fibroid operation will give you an idea of what the post operation entails.

How bad does it hurt?

This question is probably at the fore front of your mind if you have to consider doing an operation to remove the fibroids. I would like to think that I’ve a pretty high threshold for pain but on a scale from 1 to 10, a myomectomy would easily be a 8 compared to a cesarean at a mere 3.

In my case, because the gyne removed 33 fibroids of varying sizes, there was a lot more “repair work” that had to be done for the multiple incisions made to the uterus. If there is only one fibroid or lesser fibroids, I’m certain that it will be less painful and the recovery will be faster.

But between the two operations that I went through, the pain level for the 2nd op was reduced all thanks to the ON-Q PainBuster. The PainBuster is a pain relief device that delivers continual local anesthetic to the surgical site via a tube for up to 4 days. I’m not sure if all hospitals offers this, but back in 2004 when I did my first op, I could only rely on morphine to get my dose of pain relief!

My stay at the hospital

The first 2 days was a daze as I drifted in and out due to the pain medication. As I loss quite a bit of blood during the surgery, I was given two packets of blood. It didn’t help that I also was running a temperature and had a low blood count which rendered me another transfusion for 3 packets of iron.

By the 2nd day, I started on a soft diet but really didn’t have much appetite for food. I was immobile for 2 days until they removed the urinary cather. On the 3rd day, they also removed the tube that was draining the blood from my wound. I’m no drama mama, but the process of having that tube (which is about 4-5mm) removed was probably the most painful and agonizing encounter that I nearly fainted!

I didn’t help to hear the nurse going “the blood is oozing” as she removed the tube! She had to apply pressure to my wound while calling out to another nurse for assistance! By the time, this whole episode was over, I was perspiring and panting away and could only take comfort in my sleep. By far the MOST traumatic experience after the op.

One thing I was surprised to learn is that during the surgery, air was pumped into my stomach to enable the doctor to see my organs more clearly. As a result, there was excessive air inside my stomach that gave me on and off “shooting” pains that . Now I can laugh and joke about how there was so much interest  from the nurses on the frequency of my flatulence and my desire to pass out some of those nasty gas to ease the discomfort in my tummy.

I was discharged after 6 days and was told to monitor my situation as I had a slight fever and my blood count was still on the low side before I was discharged.

After care

With an abdominal myomectomy, the typical recovery is between four to six weeks before normal activities can be resumed. However with a laparoscopic or hysteroscopic myomectomy, recovery is usually complete within one to three weeks.

I was reminded not make any sudden movements as the wound was still healing. Getting out of bed had to be done on the side of my body so that I don’t use my abdominal muscles. A binder was especially useful after the surgery to keep my tummy nicely tucked and secure from sudden sneezing which usually sends me howling in pain 😛 Do have one ready on the day of your op and pass it to your gynae.

Dietary restrictions

As with a cesarean, the old folks made me eat “confinement like” food to get rid of the “wind” in my stomach. So I had lots of ginger and sesame in my food. I was told to load up on meat that was high in iron as well as iron supplements due to the low blood count. I gladly took to my doctors orders and had lots of beef and spinach while avoiding “poisonous” food like seafood, duck, nuts to prevent infection to the wound.



I hope this has answered some of your questions on the post op experience after a myomectomy surgery. I end this post with some questions you may want to pose to your gyne if you have to consider going for an operation.

Questions to ask your Gyne

  • How long will I be in hospital?
  • How will I feel immediately after the procedure?
  • How much pain will I suffer and what are my pain relief options?
  • How much support will I need at home?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What are the short-term/ long-term side effects?
  • What are the risks in the treatment?
  • Will I be able to get pregnant and how long must I wait to conceive?

I hope this has been useful. 


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  1. Fenn April 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm Reply

    HI Susan, Hope you are getting better now. It was really a shocking thing to hear that there can be so many many fibroids grown in a person. Btw, do you do yearly papsmear or ultrasound scanning? I think this will also detect such at early stage. Also I heard bout the sanitary napkins that we used also does affect this. I dont know how true this is but my family, my mom and sisters also had fibroid before and also did the op too but not as much as yours. So since then I’ve changed to a better quality sanitary napkin and I have to ensure I go for a checkup every year, if I can hahaha. So far so good.. hahaha. 🙂

  2. Susan April 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Hi Fenn,
    The fibroids were discovered back when I was pregnant 2 years ago via an ultra sound. I’ve not heard that sanitary pad plays a part in getting fibroids. Would this be a cotton type or the ones with a mesh like surface?
    My mom and grandma also had it, so it seems to suggest that it may be hereditary though my gyne says otherwise 😛 But glad that all’s working out well for you!

  3. Fenn April 22, 2011 at 10:35 am Reply

    HI Susan,
    Ohh ic.. but did they have so many as compare to you? I just can’t imagine going thru this.. and how many times that your mom had operations on this? well I hope it’ll just end here for you….it’s so suffering to hear that.

    ohh I do have a friend who introduce me to this cotton sanitary as she had twice the fibroid operations and she’s not even married yet, but after she used it, it works well and so far so good. What she told me was that most sanitary pad outside are made from recycled paper and there are a lot of chemicals used to bleach it. It’s not absorbent enough and leaving a lot of bacteria growing if we wear it long. Maybe when she’s going over to Singapore I can ask her to meet up with you if you don’t mind to try it out like me 🙂

    I heard this like quite common nowadays and it’s quite scary. However I think there’s a way to minimise it..maybe food wise or things we used can also eliminate it.. hopefully

    • Susan April 23, 2011 at 12:54 am Reply

      My gyne did say that our diets may have a part to do with it as well, especially with our chickens being given the hormone jabs.
      Yes I hope I never have to go through it again too 😛

  4. Fenn April 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm Reply

    ic…. hmm so eat more veges 🙂 more salads

  5. Caroline Hitaose Ettah May 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm Reply

    I had same op in March 2009, the problem I’m facing is that my periods have been very scanty
    I have also tested pregnant twice but at the end no pregnancy what could be the cause?

  6. Susan May 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Hi Caroline,
    Have you ever consulted a doctor on it? It would be advisable to get a doctor’s opinion since there could be severals reasons for it. And if necessary they can do tests to diagnosis the reasons for it.
    Hope you do find out what’s causing it. Take care.

  7. M August 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for posting your experience.
    I too just had a surgery to remove my fibroids, all 4 of them 3 weeks ago.
    Wanted to ask your opinion, how long should I avoid seafood for, 1 month? I just love seafood too much. 😀

    Over to Fern,
    I’m interested to know more about this cotton sanitary pad. Do you know the brand of the pad?

    • Susan August 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm Reply

      I stayed away from seafood for 100 days. But I did eat prawns once during that time and resulted in pus in my wound. Guess its true what the old folks say :p

  8. Doraemon September 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm Reply

    Thanks susan for sharing yr fibriod experience. i just gone thro the ops at raffles hospital too on monday and now at home. i’m especially concerned with the amount of wind that cause my tummy to be soooo bloated!

    • Susan September 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm Reply

      Did you do a myomectomy operation too?

      Yes, I was feeling gassy for the longest time too. Do take ginger to expel the wind and my mom also made me red date drink to keep the body “warm”. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

  9. Abosede January 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm Reply

    I am 26yrs old & I have multiple fibroid In side my uterus .I find it difficult 2 conceive so, I was told that the only solution is to have them removed . Now am confused ! I want 2 ask you ; after the operation will I be able to conceive ? & for how many years we I wait before I can conceive? Which method is the best? Pls, I need the reply now.

    • Susan January 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm Reply

      I would suggest that you seek medical advise from a gyne who provide you with a 2nd opinion.
      Usually the doctor will suggest that you wait for at least 6 months before trying to conceive. The decision whether you need an operation may depends on various factors like like the size of fibroids, where they are growing, the speed at which they are growing, if they cause you pain, etc.
      Hope this helps.

  10. Abosede January 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Hi susan, the fibroid is causing me pain, serious pain ,I normally have menstrual pain & I bleed a lot during my period. & Have never seen a good gynaecology to attend 2 me that is why am writing 2 u ,my tommy is very big like 4month pregnant .each time i menstruate , I usually passive some odour .my period is stinking! Pls, which method can I use 4 the operation?

    • Susan January 7, 2012 at 12:13 am Reply

      It’s time for you to see a doctor if it’s causing you pain. In terms of the operation, there are options like abdominal myomectomy, which is the one I did. If the fibroids are smaller and not so many, they may suggest laparoscopic myomectomy, where the incisions are smaller to remove the fibroids. If you like, I can recommend my gyne to you.

      • Abosede January 7, 2012 at 12:44 am Reply

        I don’t mind if u can recommend ur gyne to me now.

        • Susan January 7, 2012 at 12:58 am Reply

          I have sent you an email.

          • Abosede January 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

            Hi susan,
            I went 4 a pelvic scan, & here was d result given 2 me; Noted in d myometrium are multiple circumscribed areas of mixed echogenocity. Features are in keeping wit intramural fibromyoma with d largest one @ d fundal segment measuring 53mm x 68mm, posterior segment measuring 52mm x 57mm, in their largest diameters respectfully.
            Wit dis kind of result wat did u think I can do. I need this pregnancy urgent.

      • gifty January 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm Reply

        i want to ask after doing fibroid operation how many year’s should i wait before i can be pregnant.

        • Susan January 24, 2012 at 9:53 am Reply

          It depends on the type of operation you’re doing. In my case, it was an open surgery, mymomectomony, and the gyne suggested I waited at least 6 mnths. Do consult your gyne as it may depend on your condition.

  11. Sue February 3, 2012 at 8:16 am Reply

    Hi were u awake during the ops or they put u to sleep and how long was ur ops?

    • Susan February 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm Reply

      Hi Sue,
      For the op, I was under general anesthesia and hence was unconscious throughout the operation. The operation took about 3 hours. But the duration of the op could depend on factors like the number of fibroid, location of fibroid and complexity of the operation.

  12. Coco March 8, 2012 at 1:45 am Reply

    Hi Susan,

    My op was on 1st march, same as yours, myomectomy. Im now recovering well. My question is which foods can i eat and which to avoid?

    • Susan March 8, 2012 at 1:48 am Reply

      Do avoid the more “poisonous” food, like seafood and duck. Fish and chicken are advisable. Do take red date drink to expel the “wind” in the stomach. Do take care and rest well. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

      • Coco March 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm Reply


        There is a swellness on the upper left just above the suctured line. I checked with my doc and he said its normal and it will go away, is it normal?

        • Susan March 11, 2012 at 9:39 am Reply

          Did the doc say why there is a swelling? It’s best to consult your doctor or seek a second opinion if you still feel uncomfortable.

      • Rachel November 13, 2018 at 11:07 pm Reply

        Hi Susan, how long did you take the ‘confinement food’ after your surgery?

        • Susan November 14, 2018 at 12:36 pm Reply

          I took it for 3 weeks and felt that it helped me restoring my energy post op.

  13. Coco March 21, 2012 at 12:17 am Reply

    Thank you Susan, its gone now 😉

    • Susan March 21, 2012 at 1:42 am Reply

      That’s great to hear Coco.

  14. ENG April 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm Reply


    I had my fibroid removed in early Mar’12. It was a large and solid fibroid. The size is 12cm…I had successfully gone through laparoscopic myomectomy ops. Initially, I was told that i might have to go for myomectomy operation due to the size of the fibroid. However, Doctor had tried his best to removed via Laparoscopic….i recovered very fast.

    • skyfern April 14, 2015 at 9:36 pm Reply

      hi Eng,
      Can you tell me which doctor you used? I also have large fibroids (2 of them) also about 12cm and 9x11cm. No major interruptions to lifestyle though except bloaty heavy feeling on Day 1 of period. But aesthetically looks preggie. 🙁 I’m single. I’ve heard with such big sizes, no choice have to do open surgery. So i’m surprised to learn of your experience with Laparoscopy. Ps share more 🙂 Thanks.

      • Susan April 20, 2015 at 2:08 am Reply

        I did an open myomectomy and based on the size of your fibroids, it may require myomectomy as well. The last doc I saw was Dr Ang Huai Yan who has her clinic at Gleneagles and Clifford Centre.

  15. Tina May 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm Reply

    Hi Susan
    After suffering everytime period pain ,lots bleeding too much and did checkup the doctor diagnos i have Uterine Fibroid need to go for operation,earlier can”t accept to op out my organs which is the (UTERUS,OVARY,FALOPIAN TUBE) it takes me 4 years to accept it after have tried many other treatments still nothing happen the fibroid dont shrink the size was 14cm and the worst experience on 8th Jan i was sent emergency to hospital cause my fibroid break and bleeding and was lucky i get second life after being given 4 pints blood so bleeding was so much like miscarriage ,i hated hospital but i did it after doctor advise and finally did my fibroid operation on 9th March.so now i am under healing recovery.my question here after op out my 3 organ what food i can take and what food not to take,any suggestion for hormon pill ? Supplement? What is the your advised?

    • Susan May 7, 2012 at 2:12 am Reply

      If you lost so much blood, I’m sure the doctor would advise you to take iron supplements. I had it for about 2-3 months after my op as well. As for food to avoid, for chinese, they would advice to avoid “poisonous” food like duck or seafood. Do eat more liver as it is rich in iron.

      The best would be to seek medical advise from your doctor as well. Hope you have a speedy recovery Tina.

      • Tina May 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm Reply

        Thank you susan

  16. Shirley May 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Hi Susan

    I have a fibroid that is now 7-8 cm. My gynae asked me to have a myomectomy to remove them. However I wish to seek second opinion from another gynae as I believe 7-8 cm can still be removed by key hole surgery. Can you recommend your gynae to me? Is he good?

  17. anonymous July 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm Reply

    This was indeed very helpful. I had this same operation this past tuesday and I’m learning like you that I have to listen to my body and take things slowly. Lucky I didn’t have as many as 33, I had ‘just’ 17 which my dr calls rocks!!! Guess jewels and rocks can be similar depending on how you look at it 🙂

    Thank you very much for the post. It would help greatly

  18. Kafui July 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm Reply

    Hello Susan,

    I just got my surgery done on Thursday, I’m glad I finally got the courage to do this. Yes it’s painful as compared to giving birth. I really don’t want to go through this episode ever again.

    • Susan July 24, 2012 at 12:11 am Reply

      Hi Kafui,

      Hope you have a speedy recovery from the op. Don’t move about too much and do take care of the wound. Are you wearing a binder? I find that it helps in keeping the abdominal area nicely tucked in especially if you need to cough or sneeze.

  19. Bell March 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm Reply

    Hi! I am going for my surgery in April. Stumbled upon your post when i was searching to see if i have to go through confinement. Would like to check if you followed through the whole confinement thing ( no normal showers, little water, …)? And how are you feeling now? I am planning to try for a baby once i am given the ok sign by the doctor. Thanks!

    • Susan March 20, 2013 at 11:57 pm Reply

      Hi Bell,
      After my surgery, my diet was quite similar to confinement. Food wise, avoid duck, seafood, generally food that are deemed more poisonous. Do take nourishing food like fish soup, take some tonic soup to strength the body. I drank red dates drink just like during confinement. You can still shower but you may want to cover up your wound area to keep it dry and try to keep your body warm. Oh do remember to get a binder before your op. It helps to keep your surgery area taut and also helps you maintain a proper posture.

      Thanks for asking. My gyne said I’m showing signs of small fibroids again so hope to have baby 2 and get it removed.

      Hope I can answer any questions you may have 🙂 You are not alone.

  20. Bell March 21, 2013 at 8:28 am Reply

    Thank for replying Susan! I plan to get the binders when i admit the hospital. Maybe two so that i can wash and change. How do you keep the area dry? I was thinking to use the Chinese herbal wash for confinement.

    Good luck on baby 2! My original plan was to have baby then remove at the same time of delivery. But was a little afraid because i have 2 fibroids (10cm, 6cm).

    Thanks for all the help. I am now super sure that i need to go through confinement. 🙂

  21. Genie March 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Hi Susan and all

    Sharing my experience too on the op here :)….Just a little encouragement for those who are going for the op, Each and every individual is different. Listen to your body and remain a positive mindset during the recovery process.

    I just had laparoscopic myomectomy to remove some endometriosis on 25 March 2013. It was an extensive surgery of 4 hours instead of the usual 2.5 hrs, as my blood pressure has dropped rapidly during the Op.

    The first 2 days was terrible. I was under fainting spells, nausea and soooo much in pain when passing gases. My bladder was sore, and had to rely on the catheter tube which my urine luckily is still able to flow, as I m only left with 1 kidney….

    M sooo hungry until the extent that i have to beg for milo from the staff nurses in the middle of the night. Survived on Feeds until the 2nd day afternoon when only they allow me to have soft diet congee..

    My incisions do not hurt me at all anymore, but are very stiff and I have a slight tugging feeling around my belly button. On the other hand my side still hurts abit and leaving a slight back ache.

    Doc has commented that my fallopian tubes may have some degree of damages due to the painful “jewels” and “gems” which has stayed together with me for about 6-7 months; or even longer which they showed no obvious symptoms until recent.

    Well..I still have a strong desire to becoming a mother and shall try my best to conceive after my recovery which I believe strongly that “Children are the best gifts from God”

    So no worries for ladies who will be going / are undergoing recovering process like me…U are NOT Alone… 🙂

    God Bless

    • Susan March 29, 2013 at 3:53 pm Reply

      Hi Genie,

      Thanks so much for leaving a note. I agree that having a positive mindset helps in the recover process. I have to admit that when I had some complications and the wounded had some swelling, I got very discouraged and worried. But thankfully, my friends were paying for me and I know that God will heal me.
      Do take care and still be careful as it’s hard to know how the wound is recovering internally. Wishing you good health 🙂

    • Bridget Erlikh (@Bridget_E) February 25, 2017 at 11:44 pm Reply

      Hi Genie, did they remove a kidney during the myomectomy procedure, or did you only have one kidney already before surgery? I hope to have kids after surgery too! Big hugs and best wishes!

  22. rams April 17, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply

    hi ladies
    i am a 32 years old living in south africa,no kids, i first discovered that i had fibroids and blocked fellopian tubes back in 2009when me and my fiance wanted to start a familly, My gynae sugested that i must have a urgery to remove the fibroids before trying 2 get preg, it was very difficul at first but later during that year decided 2 go for the op in october 2009. The operation was successfull cant remeber how many fibroids they took out but they were more than 5 , then we continued with our jouney to get pregnant and luck was not in our side, until 2day . We decided 2 see a fetility specialist last year 2012 he checked us both to see if theres anything that needed 2 be fixed,then he discovered tha my Hubb has low sperm count and that our only option is ivf, the FS also discovered some very samll fibroid in me which according 2 him was not a prblm, we continued with the ivf process till the end, then the ivf was unsuccessfull, i feld like i flushed our money through . but ealy this year i went to see him again to ask him what went wrong b’cause every thing looked promising when we started ivf, and he said that he that those small fibroids have grown b’cause of the medication i was given during ivf and that i must go for anathoer op 2 remove my fibroids before we do anada ivf. Now i am scheduled for operation on 2nd May 2013, stressed and desperately need 2 have a child and be like ather ladies. HAS ANYONE WENT THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THIS,

    • Susan April 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm Reply

      Sorry to hear about it. If the operation will improve your chances of conceiving then go for it. I’m sure that the gyne would be a better person to advice and mine even tells me not to take evening primrose oil and it affects the hormones levels which could affect the growth of the fibroids.

      I wish you all the best for your surgery and a speedy recovery so that you can embark on your family planning soon. May you be blessed with a child as your heart desires. God bless.

  23. Lunange Fleurant April 20, 2013 at 4:46 am Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for the encouragement my surgery date is this month on the 30th. I found out I had three fibroids two years ago when I was pregnant with my third sons. When I had the ultrasound one of them is the size of two babies heads the others are behind the big one so the computer can’t even measure them I’m a little scare I’m only human but I already know my God is using the doctor hands keep me in your prayer. GOD IS LOVE!!!!!!!

  24. joe May 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm Reply

    Hi susan,
    I had a myomectomy on 16th april. My tommy feels bulky and heavy and hard.I also feel around the wound is hardened. I won’t see my gynae till the 27th . Is it normal? If not what do I do before I see the doc.
    Pls update me

    • Susan May 10, 2013 at 11:26 pm Reply

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for dropping me a note on my blog. I’m no doctor so my to you is to pay a visit your gyne if you feel uncomfortable. After my 2nd surgery, I felt that the wound area was not healing properly and went to my gyne and it turned out I had an infection where there was pus from the wound and I had to have it cleaned with a new dressing daily. So don’t hesitate to have it checked out as soon as possible. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

  25. AD May 27, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Please provide info on which doctor performed your surgery in Singapore. Would you recommend the doctor/hospital? I need to go through myomectomy soon for a large fibroid and we dont have kids yet, so looking for a good reference of doctor.

    Also, did you experience any complications in conceiving after myomectomy?


  26. carla June 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm Reply

    hi susan,

    just asking i had my op for fibroid 6 wks ago and i am recovering well but since then i have not gotten my periods yet ….. do i need to worry or i be patient. i really want to conceive this year God willing.thanks

  27. Esther July 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm Reply

    I am 26,unmarried. Two months back I had fibroids of 11.2cm and 8 cm and i gone thru myomectomy, and i am recovered well. I am getting afraid of fibroids will grow again.
    How long it will take to grow again?
    will i have to go abdominal check up once in 6 months or
    have to take pills to prevent fibroids.
    Please suggest me.

    • Susan July 8, 2013 at 8:57 am Reply

      I would advice you to continue to go for regular check up with your gyne to monitor the growth. For my case, I did two ops in 2004 and then 2011. The speed of which they reoccur depends on factors like your hormone levels which your gyne may be able to better advice you. Unfortunately, according to my gyne, there isn’t any medicine to prevent it and my doc did suggest that I do not take supplements such as evening primrose oil. Hope you’re recovering well.

  28. Starrie August 21, 2013 at 11:39 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, i thought my 14cm fibroid was monstrous til i read about your 33 jewels. Glad to hear that you are well. I am in my 2nd week of recovery after an abdominal myomectomy and it has been all smooth and good. I am able to walk normally and drive after 2 weeks. At my 1st review my gynae suggested for me to go through some injection for the next few months to lessen the fibroid growth. i believe i will need 2 jabs and that will stop my menstruation for 6 months (almost like a fake menopause). I am wondering if anyone has gone through that path. I will get a better assessment of this option at my next review in 2 weeks time. The concern will be side effects.


  29. Hazel October 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    I am glad to have stumbled upon this. Your blog has helped a lot of woman suffering from same condition. I just wanna ask if binder is recommended for laparoscopic myomectomy? I had my surgery on 4 Oct and I’m feeling better, not much pain. Is eating and drinking a lot would cause any trouble, except for being full like I’m 7 months pregnant?

    Thank you.

    • Susan October 13, 2013 at 9:21 am Reply

      I understand that a laparoscopic surgery is when they make small holes to remove the fibroids out. If the wound doesn’t feel too raw when you move about then a binder is not necessary. A binder is useful when the wound area feels raw and hurts when moving about. So keeping the area protected with a binder helps in the post recovery as it aids in reducing swelling and keeping the pressure in for the muscles and tissue to heal. The bloatedness will take a while to go away as some air may be pumped during the day surgery. Have a speedy recovery, Hazel and rest well.

  30. Maureen@Scoops of Joy October 25, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

    Susan thank you for such an in-depth post about this. I feel much better knowing this.

    • Susan October 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm Reply

      Hi Maureen,

      Hope this has been helpful in giving you an idea on what to expect from the op. Happy to answer any questions that you may have on it before your surgery.

  31. naseem ur rehman January 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm Reply

    Salam.I had surgery my fibroids 4 month ago.I had ulterasound which show one fibroid which size is 9.5cm and it blocked my both tubes.my husband is docter he had tried his best to removed fibroid.one large and two smallsmall.I m recovering well.I have no kids want ur best wishes

  32. green gem March 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Wow! Good to know i am not alone. Am only 27yrs old and my tummy looks like i am 9months preg. My opt is nxt week friday and will be done with me awake—weeeeeeee! I am not scared. I av faith bt most importantly i need ur prayers.i may be updating while d opt is going on cos i will be awake. Kisses.

    • Susan March 24, 2014 at 8:47 pm Reply

      I’ll be keeping you in prayers. May God’s hand be with the surgeon on the day of your op and have a speedy recovery.

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  34. Lucky April 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, it was great to see your experience. I had my myomectomy 4 days ago. Still my tummy is swollen and it’s very heavy. I sometimes get light fever. 99F. I’m at home and I want to go back to my usual routine. How long will I need to stay to get a flat tummy? this is very uncomfortable. Thanks.

    • Susan April 13, 2014 at 11:28 pm Reply

      As a myomectomy is not a minor op you’ll definitely need time to heal and recover. In fact, I had an infection after my op and delayed the recovery process. Do use a binder post op. I find that it helps to keep the tummy taut especially when getting up from bed and moving around. It took me about 2,3 weeks before the pain becomes more managable. Have a speedy recovery.

  35. heny April 21, 2014 at 10:54 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you for sharing your experience online, I am so grateful I found your blog. Your story is very informative and very helpful for me in making the decision.

    I underwent the myomectomy three weeks ago, and the recovery process is quite smooth. However, during my visit to my obgyn last week, he strongly recommends to take the GnRH Agonis (Leuprorelin) shots for three consecutive months following my surgery. This shots will stop my period, and put my body under menopause period for 3-4months; and this postoperative treatment supposedly reduce possibility of the recurrence of the fibroid in the future.

    The GnRH Agonis is marketed under several names such as L*pron, T*pros, etc.

    What makes me nervous about this injection is, based on the internet, it seems the side effects of it is quite significant. I am thinking whether it is worth it to take this injections to reduce the possibility of the fibroid regrowth.

    Did you also prescribe with this treatment after your myomectomy? If any of the readers could kindly please share any info about this..

    Thank you in advance and GBU!

    • Susan April 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm Reply

      Hi Heny,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a note. Hope that you’re recovering well from your surgery. I wasn’t prescibe those injections as I’m still trying for another child. If you feel uncomforatble about it, you may want to seek a second opinion especially when there are significant side effects.
      Were the fibroids that were taken out very large for the gyne to recommend the jabs? Usually if they don’t regrow fast, they will avoid any medications as fibroids usually shirnk as we slowly approach menopause. Hope you do your researcha and come to an informed decision that you are at peace with.
      God Bless.

      • heny April 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm Reply

        Hi Susan,

        Thank you for the quick reply, really appreciate this.

        The fibroid was quite large (between 1-2kg with size of 15 to 30 cm). Despite of the size, it seems the injection treatment is relatively common in the neighboring country. However, after thoughtful consideration and second opinion from another obgyn, I have decided not to take the injection treatment as there is no assurance that the fibroid will not regrow and the side impact is considerably significant.

        Again, thank you for your reply, your blog and God Bless you and your family!

  36. green gem April 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Had a about 6 large crazy guys (fibroids) removed on the 31st of March. I did not have much pains cos my doc allowed me to use pain killers. I am 4 weeks now and my red girl has not showed up. Is this normal? cos i’m getting a bit worried although my doc said we shuld wait and see. Has anyone experienced this?

  37. lia May 4, 2014 at 10:23 am Reply

    Hi susan,
    I’m lia, It’s really good to read ur blog. I had my laparotomy myomectomy last 23 apr 2014. It was a 4hours surgery since I had 20s fibroids, the biggest one was 13x11x11cm, the smallest one were 1x1x1cm. Since I was bleeding, I got 4 bags bloods transfusion. It’s entering my 2nd weeks of recovery.. And still hard to wake without getting bit hurt in stomach, and during sleeping at night, sometimes my stomach like cramped for a while, but it will be ok in the morning. I got boring to stay at home, and want to get back to office and normal activities.. Instead of fish, do you have suggestion for a vitamin or food to consume?
    My obgyne said to avoid soya, fastfood, chicken wings, which are found to be hormon injection and raise up estrogen, impact to enlarge fibroids..

  38. KCL May 7, 2014 at 1:30 am Reply

    Hi Susan, chanced upon your blog while Googling for myomectomy. Will be going for mine soon. Just wondering if your doctor saw all the fibroids on your ultra-sound scan? The reason I’m asking is because I have always known that I have a fibroid around 2cm from yearly ultra-sound scans, but recently another doctor picked up a second growth, so now I have to go for laparoscopic myomectomy to remove both. I am confused as to why all the previous ultra-sound scans did not pick up the second fibroid.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It helps a lot to know that the surgery can be a big step towards finally having a child of our own.

  39. naseem ur rehman May 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Salam.thanx susan for your best wishes.i m very happy bcz I m 13 week pregnent know.i want again ur best wishes.ALLAH bless me good nd heathy baby.

    • Motun August 30, 2016 at 11:35 pm Reply

      I thank God for you Ma’am, God is faithful

  40. jane May 14, 2014 at 8:01 am Reply

    Thank u for such an informative blog. I had my myomectomy on the 14t April 2014, I had more than 20 ultra sound done because I knew of the fibroids a few yrs back, all showed one fibroid but my dr remove 3, one about 5cm and two smaller ones. My recovery went well kindof of painful when I walk for the first 2 weeks but I’m back to normal now at week 6. My doc examine me inside and out upon my follow up visit and said its ok to go ahead trying to conceive now which I think is strange since I should hhave some time to heal. I’ve had two miscarriges before the surgery and I’m really looking forward to carrying my next pregnancy to full term. Good luck to all of us ttc and all waiting for surgery, ure in my prayers and its not as bad as it seems before u know its over. Good Luck ladies!

    • Susan May 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm Reply

      Thanks for leaving a note and glad to know that this had been helpful to you. I’m surprised though that your gyne had given the go ahead to try for a baby. I remembered my gyne recommended a six months of recovery before trying. But I’ll be praying for a successful pregnancy for you and do keep me in your prayers too 🙂

  41. Chow May 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Just came upon ur blog, it is indeed encouraging & gladful to see other voices here. I’ve a miscarriage last mth, deciding to have keyhole for 6cm fibroid at posterior uterus wall. Please share with me your gynae detail, cost & any insurance policy to claim. Thanks babe 🙂

  42. Tomeka May 27, 2014 at 3:31 am Reply

    I’m having a myomectomy in early July 2014. I’m grateful for this post so I can get some idea of what to expect. I was researching foods to avoid after the surgery (as I’ve heard about gas being a problem) when I found this blog. I’m about to look up red date drink. This will be my first hospital stay and 2nd time having a medical procedure requiring anesthesia. Any encouragement would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    • Susan May 28, 2014 at 10:13 pm Reply

      Hi dear Tomeka,

      My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. Do take care after the surgury and try not to lift any heavy items. I’ve advised many of the ladies to also put on a binder after the op. It will help you. Take care my dear.

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  44. Yuli September 15, 2014 at 1:05 am Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you for sharing your experience, really helps to know more about the procedure.
    I’ve recently found out that I’ve fibroids and the gyne suggested myomectomy. I have some questions on the chances to get pregnant post surgery since I haven’t have any kids yet, but didn’t have a convincing answer from the gyne, I’m thinking to get a second opinion, would you care sharing your gyne with me? Thanks a lot & God bless..

  45. franca onwuzuruoha October 12, 2014 at 3:34 am Reply

    My sister removed her fibroid a month ago, since then, she has been c/o n/v, headache and low grade Temps, and generalized body weakness. Pls. Ad

    • Susan October 28, 2014 at 8:32 am Reply

      These should not happen and I suggest she speaks to her doctor about these symptoms.

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  47. wendy December 6, 2014 at 3:51 am Reply

    Hi Susan. I just got my fibroids removed as well and my doctor told me i had a major OP because they were huge. He also told me to wait at least for 6 months before i conceive.
    Thank you for sharing your experience.

  48. Dee April 26, 2015 at 5:16 am Reply

    Hello all,
    I will be having laparoscopy myomectomy next month. I have about 4 fibroids to be removed. How soon can I start trying to conceive and how soon can I fly as intend to embark on a 6 hour flight.

    • Susan April 29, 2015 at 8:38 am Reply

      Hi Dee,
      My gynae told me I can start trying after 3 months. But being more conscious, I would say 5-6 months after the op will be good to start trying. As for flying, you may want to get your doctor’s advise. But I only felt much better after 1.5 months.

      • Dee April 29, 2015 at 4:40 pm Reply

        Thanks Susan. Appreciate.

  49. Terrified May 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Hi, I just want to say Thank you for this blog. I will be having my surgery on June 22. I’m 41 yrs old and have no kids. Needless to say, I’m terrified. This will be my first major surgery in my adult life. As far as I know I have one BIG fibroid, it being about 3-4 inches long and sitting right at the beginning of my cervix. It’s so big, my gyn couldn’t see pass it to see if there are others. I’m praying it’s only one. Thank you for the information about the abdominal binder and the food to consider. I feel a little better knowing I’m not the only one with this issue. Again Thank you. Be Blessed.

  50. Terrified too May 21, 2015 at 12:48 am Reply

    Hi Susan, and everyone else, thank you for sharing your personal experiences! Like you said, don’t feel so alone now. I have a 8cm fibroid and am evaluating between the keyhole surgery or the myomectomy. From what has been described by those who did the latter, it sounds like a very painful experience. But while I am a scaredy cat with low pain threshold, I guess I shld still choose the latter if the long term benefits are greater. Especially since I might plan for pregnancy in the future. Just wondering if your gynae did share with you the pros and cons of the two surgical processes. Appreciate your sharing!

    • Susan May 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm Reply

      The type of surgery depends on where the fibroid are, the number of fibroid and also how big they are. In my case, the fibroid grew to quite big and there was as many as 33 in the 2nd op, hence myomectomy was suggested. Do raise your concerns with your gynae who will be in a better position to advise. But do remember to rest well for a speedier recovery after the op. Praying for you that you can opt for keyhole surgery.

      • Terrified too May 21, 2015 at 9:18 pm Reply

        Thanks for your reply, appreciate it! Yup saw two gynae today who both suggested myomectomy coz of the position and size of my fibroids. My first surgery so I’m kinda freaked out at the thought of it! If you don’t mind sharing, which gynae did your surgery, would you recommend him / her? I’m exploring options in terms of the gynae now. Thank you!

  51. Bhumika June 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I have a 9cm fibroid and endemetriosis. Am 30 years old, and planning to undergo a laparscopic myomectomy ,preserving my uterus . Iam very nervous as this is the first time will be undergoing surgery. As days are nearin to op -date am having sleepless night.Am hoping it will be worth the pain which ill undergo.Will keep you updated and keep me in your prayers.I thank all of you who are sharing your experiences in this forum.

    • Susan June 25, 2015 at 1:09 am Reply

      Keeping you in my prayers dear and do take good care of yourself after the op. It’s important to rest well for a speedy recovery and it will be worth it to remove those things that are not meant to be there especially if you’re planning for kids.

  52. cynthia June 16, 2015 at 11:25 am Reply

    Hi ladies, I’m facing the same issue as well. Have scheduled keyhole surgery end of this month. Will need to remove 3-4 fibroids, one of which is abt 4-5cm. Doctor has advised to avoid consumption of ‘fertilizers’ meaning food that encourage fibroid growth which are chinese iron like dang gui, bai feng pill, soy food… I suppose red dates are also part of nutrients for blood, so better dun take too much. Also need to review on daily diet after removing all these ‘jewels’. I’m just worry on the movement during the first week after surgery.

    • Susan June 25, 2015 at 1:07 am Reply

      All the best for your op Cynthia and I wish you a speedy recovery. Yes, in the first few days, it may be painful to move about but a keyhole op should be more manageable. I’m avoiding all soy products now for the same reason and hope it never recurs for me.

  53. I’ve undergo open myosectomy 2 weeks ago @ mount alvernia hospital, my gyne removed 2 fibroids with the size of 13x10x10cm and 10x9x6cm, weighing 780g and 340g. My left ovary also removed.

  54. olubukola temilade July 12, 2015 at 12:32 am Reply

    I had myomectomy operation on d 11th june 2015.was mestrating during d surgery, have been spotting/light bleeding since then, am post op 4weeks and 2days, is it normal or I should see my gyae.a firbrod of 9cm was removed and 2cm.needs reply

    • Susan July 12, 2015 at 11:54 pm Reply

      If you have any concerns, do see your gynae and get it checked out. It’s not normal to still be bleeding outside of your period.

  55. Daisy July 17, 2015 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Hi ladies. I am 29 years old and I live in Kenya. I also just wanted to share my experience. I had an open myomectomy 2 months ago on May 15th. I was ready for the surgery because I had enough of excessive periods that were being caused by the fibroid. I could not concentrate at work when I was on my periods which would last almost 2 weeks by the time I was planning the surgery. I had been given different birth control pills to try manage the bleeding but this did not work too well. I would still have days of heavy bleeding followed by light bleeding for almost the whole month. I could not even travel in peace in case I had a heavy bleed. I went to see 3 different gynaes before deciding on one recommended by a colleague.

    My gynae suggested the open myomectomy due to the size of the fibroid (12cm). I emphasized the fact that I still want to get children as I do not have any yet. The surgery was done under general anaesthesia and they removed the fibroid plus 3 other small ones that could not be seen in the nnormal scans due to the size of the big one. I did not experience much pain as the first 2 days I was on morphine. The only challenge was with relieving myself after they removed the catheter which had quite some discomfort and pain.

    I went home after 4 days in hospital and was on painkillers that really helped. After surgery though, I had a lot of bleeding which took almost 2 weeks to reduce. Then I had light spotting for the next 2 weeks. I had my first period after surgery on the 5th week which was still quite heavy then the bleeding stopped. The gynae did tell me that the first 2 months would still be heavy as the uterus contracts in size. I’m waiting to see how the next period will be. I went back to work after 5 and 1/2 weeks and so far it has been ok. I am hoping that my periods will return to normal flow and that these fibroids do not regrow.

    All in all, I thank God that everything went well and that the prayers that all my family and friends made for me helped me through the whole process so don’t be afraid to have the surgery if needed. God bless!

    • Susan July 19, 2015 at 9:15 am Reply

      Hi Daisy,
      Thanks for sharing about your experience with the others here. Praying with you that the fibroid will not recur after the operation and for a whole and healthy body.

  56. LAVONNE July 20, 2015 at 5:05 am Reply


    • Susan July 27, 2015 at 12:51 am Reply

      That’s great. Praying that you’ll have a speedy recovery.

  57. Shil August 2, 2015 at 5:46 pm Reply

    Hi.. Susan, it was a good sharing about your 33 nos. of fibroid. I just had my fibroids removed last week. I had 2 fibroid. My surgery was done under laparoscopic hysterectomy. By the 2nd of the ops I can stand and walk. I m s glad to remove it and my back pain now is gone.

    • Susan August 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm Reply

      That’s great to hear. Hope you’re recovering well Shil.

  58. S August 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I chanced upon your blog n would like to know where did you get the binder?

    • Susan August 16, 2015 at 8:57 pm Reply

      You can buy it at the hospital or pharmacy. Otherwise I believe your gynae can also get it for you.

  59. Yussie August 16, 2015 at 8:37 am Reply

    Hey Susan,

    Trust you good, all post read have been helpful, wanna know what to do. Wife had myomectomy 4 weeks ago, everything went well,except for the 3rd day when she had discomfort in bowel movement we went back to the hospital but eventually she went to toilet, so today, she’s been complaining of pains, and cramping as well as muscle tightening at the incision point, and myomectomy was done 4 weeks ago, what do you suggest we do? And we wanna try and have baby when she recovers, though did hsg was told tubes were blocked and doctor said there could be chance that the fibroid blocked the tubes if we lucky when sshe recovers it might be open if not we may have to go for ivf. First I need to know what to do for the pain and what’s our chances of having our own biological baby? Thanks

    • Susan August 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm Reply

      Do go back and let her gynae know about it. The pains shouldn’t persist till 4 weeks after the op. During my second op, I had an infection at my wound and had to go back once in two days for the doc to monitor. As for chances of conceiving, there are many factors and you should also bring it up with your wife visits the gynae.
      I wish you all the best and may your prayers for a baby be answered.

  60. Happymuse September 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for sharing you experience and also all the sharing here make me feel not so alone. I have two big fibroids of 6.5cm and 5cm and the gynae has suggested that i remove them through C section op. This is my first op in my entire adult hood of 46 years 🙂 and hence very apprehensive about it. I am still checking on which gynae is good with the C section and if i could do a key hole op instead and figuring out which is less invasive and lingering pain / shorter recovery time….

    • Susan September 5, 2015 at 12:11 pm Reply

      Yes if a keyhole can be done it would be ideal for a speedy recovery. But regardless, you’ll be in the good hands of the doctors. Wishing you good health.

      • Happymuse September 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm Reply

        Thamks! But too many gynaes and not sure who to go to. Have you heard of Kelly Loi and Julianah Abu? Thanks

        • Susan September 13, 2015 at 6:01 pm Reply

          Not, I’ve not. But probably you may want to try asking on some forums?

  61. Bakare Siddy September 24, 2015 at 1:06 am Reply

    With all the blogs I have read so far yet, summoned my courage to go ahead and have my op surgery. I shall come back to this site and give my testimony soon. May Allah answers our prayer. More thanks goes to Susan.

  62. Payal ansingkar October 17, 2015 at 1:10 am Reply

    Hi Susan,
    I had removed my fibroids on 18 sept laparoscopaclly. I had 3 fibroid , one was 15 cm approx and other two was 2 cm. it took almost 4 hrs.
    Now it has been around a month and I am still not in very good condition. Although my stitches does not hurt but abdomen muscle pain is there even I have back pain( upper) , cnt sit more time. I started walking slowing but not doing any excercise as my gyne advises not to do for 1 month atleast or my 1 st periods after surgery. The surgery has done on 5th day of my periods so I am waiting desperately. As I dnt eat nonveg much so could you please suggest the food I can have. Doc did not give me any iron supplement as blood loss was not much, only 1 unit transfused. Still I feel very weak. And I am having severe hairfall, could surgery be the reason of hair fall.
    I am 31 yrs and does not have kids.

  63. Nk October 17, 2015 at 2:04 am Reply

    I had my operation for myomectomy and endometriosis temporary treatment on September 22nd. I recovered only just last week due to family issues which got me up and about. I say its worth it. My first period started yesterday. It feels much lighter than normal ones. I usually have to use pain killers during my periods, but this time around, the pain is bearable… Hoping to have kids soonest! Has anyone had babies after treating endo and fibroids? I have been trying for 5 years… Susan, can u advise? Thanks.

  64. Vidaj November 7, 2015 at 10:03 am Reply

    Hi Susan,
    You have an awesome heart to minister to women who are challenged with fibroids, and I pray that the Lord repays you for your sincerity and kindness.

    I wanted to share and encourage everyone as someone who had fibroids, had an open myomectomy, and is now 7 months pregnant!

    In September 2014, my ob/gyn removed 15 fibroids (and I couldn’t tell you how big my largest one was). I did have to have a blood transfusion post-op, but my recovery was miraculous with no complications. My doctor, as with standard recommendations, asked that we wait at least six months before trying to conceive, but we weren’t in a hurry anyway, even though we’re both in our early 30’s.

    So April of this year, I noticed that my monthly period wasn’t arriving, and I’d never missed a period (or at least it seemed that way lol). I was apprehensive about taking a pregnancy test, because I could easily argue that this missed period was due to my myomectomy 7 months out (right? lol). So, I finally got up the nerve to take a test, thinking that it would be negative as in times previously. Was I knocked off my feet when the test resulted in being positive! I asked my husband to get more tests because surely this was fluke, but it wasn’t :-). My husband and I both knew and believed that God had a plan for us to conceive and have a family, despite negative reports, but it was still amazing to witness when God brought His plan to pass.

    As I said, I’m now 7 months pregnant and have had an uncomplicated pregnancy (praise God). When I think of my husband and my experience, I become emotional because I know that with faith in God all things really are possible. Please, please don’t ever give up on God or your dreams, even when the medical reports/profession say “no.”

    Just as Susan, I am praying for each of you to have a prosperous and healthy life.

    P.S. A great book that will encourage anyone seeking to conceive is Supernatural Childbirth by Terry Mize. God bless you!

  65. Dion November 27, 2015 at 12:10 pm Reply

    I just had them removed, a binki cut..now seems having upper backache n shoulder ache. Lol

  66. shahrukh December 2, 2015 at 5:58 pm Reply

    after this surgery my mom is feeling heavy pain at night………………..

    • BalCk_ChoC December 8, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply

      That is normal shahrukh for the first week after the operation. You should suggest her to take the pain killer. The pain will be lesser on the second week and you can suggest her to take the pain killer only if she feel pain. First month, she require a lot of rest. It is really a lot of rest… but make sure to walk at least for 15 minutes per day, the more the better. But too much is also not good. just do not force ourself. Our body will know when to stop. Be patience and really patience during recovery time. For the first month, avoid lifting any heavy stuff. 2 kg is already heavy.. hehe… Take care….

  67. naz109 December 23, 2015 at 1:22 am Reply

    hi susan, loved ur article. i m 32 and not married. i just went under op to get rid of this fibroid. but the thing is its been a month still suffering from pain. i get tired frequently. stopped taking pain killer after ten days of my op. is it becoz i don take veges n fruits properly? i m also surprised that my doc didnt advise me not to have seafood duck or other things. i had seafood many times

    • Susan December 27, 2015 at 11:05 pm Reply

      Do speak to your doctor about it and have it checked if the pain still persists. Do take supplements such as iron tablets, vitamins and chicken essence. As for seafood and duck, it’s a Chinese taboo which is generally discouraged especially after surgery.

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  69. Mary January 25, 2016 at 9:08 pm Reply

    I Want to know about someone who did firbord opreation of the womb after one year the person got pregnant he it possiable for that person to deliver without an opreation

    • Susan January 26, 2016 at 9:57 pm Reply

      Hi Mary,
      If you did an open op, via abdominal myomectomy then my sense is that the gynae would recommend a C-section for delivery especially if it’s within a year. Do consult your gyane about it if you’re planning to conceive and weigh your options. All the best.

  70. Kim February 1, 2016 at 11:39 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, i believe your sharing had really helped provide encouragement and some strength to anyone who has fibroids and have to undergo surgery.

    I just had a myomectomy done a week ago with 18 fibroids being taken out. Now come to think of it, scary!

    Anyway, the red date drink that u were referring to, is it just soaking the dates in water and drinking it? Can it be drank like plain water? Like leaving the dates in the bottle, and just refill water……i also noticed that u mentioned taking essence of chicken, what about essence of fish? Did you drink that? It’s said to help heal open wounds much faster but doubt it taste good! Had been told to stay away from chicken too in addition to seafood, duck and all the other ‘poisonous’ food, so diet had been just fruits, vegs, selective kind of fish and pork part!

    • Susan February 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm Reply

      Hi Kim, Speedy recovery to you.
      To make the red dates drink, you need to cut them into quarters and soak them in boiled water in a flask. You can drink it like water and it helps to replenish your “qi”. If you want, you can add a little sugar as well. I did take fish essence which is good for the healing of wounds like you mentioned. I did take chicken essence as well as it helps to build my body. I did take chicken and do have some red meat like some beef, liver and spinach which are high in iron.

  71. Kelly February 4, 2016 at 8:47 am Reply

    Hi Susan, thanks for all the information that you’ve shared on the site. It is really helpful. I am scheduled to go for an operation – but still undecisive if I should go for a hysterectomy or a myomectomy. Gynae suggested doing a hysterectomy preserving the ovaries since I am already 47 and are done with my child bearing. I had fibroids problem too which is the root cause of my heavy menses and pain … I did a D&C and also inserted an IUD device but that doesn’t help and bleeding still continue. I am also on hormone tablets as well. So the last resort is surgery. Do you have any information that you can share on hysterectomy ? The only fear I have is pelvic prolapse since the space where the uterus is will be gone. Also, the risk of myomectomy is risk of fibroids growing back again.

    • Susan February 17, 2016 at 12:43 am Reply

      Hmm what my gynae did share before is that as women is approaching their menopausal years, the fibroid may be less of an issues, of course depending on how many fibroids you have. I don’t have info on hysterectomy, but it sounds like the last resort especially if your bleeding issue doesn’t stop which can pose a danger to your health with so much blood loss. Do share your worries with your gynae for her/him to advise you and I wish you a speedy recovery.

  72. Mary February 18, 2016 at 7:59 am Reply

    Hi Susan I am scheduled for a myomectomy for an intramural fibroid of 9cm anterior in a week. I am 29 and my hubby and I have been trying to conceive for 6mths. Your blog is really an inspiration. Please say a prayer for me .I know God will see me through.

    • *~j|ngz~* February 25, 2016 at 1:33 am Reply

      Hi mary, all the best for your myomectomy and speedy recovery ahead!
      I’ve also just recently discovered a 11.9cm fibroid and planning to go for a myomectomy end March. Like many others here, it’s scary to have to go for the first major operation in my adult life. Thanks Susan for this blog as there is so minimal information online on personal sharings. Your blog and all the entries left by many others make me feel much better knowing I’m not alone and that it will all eventually be fine. Looking forward to recovering and being active like in the past again 🙂

      • Susan March 3, 2016 at 11:17 pm Reply

        All the best for your op and hope these ladies here give you strength too. Don’t forget to take iron rich food. Pray that you’ll have a speedy recovery and do take care and rest well too.

    • Susan March 3, 2016 at 11:13 pm Reply

      Hi Mary,
      I hope you’re feeling better after the op and am recovering well at home. May your desire for a child come to pass. Praying for you.

  73. Sarah Woodhouse May 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm Reply

    I was diagnosed with 2 medium sized fibroids which placed an enormous pressure on my bladder. I was advised by 3 different doctors to undergo surgery to remove these fibroids as I was told that there was nothing I could do to shrink or stop their growth.

    However, I researched some natural remedies and went to my local health store and bought the herbs and vitamins and the other more basic ingredients I needed.

    After 7 days I didn’t see any change so I thought ‘here we go again’. But it wasn’t another disappointment. By the end of the 6th week on a bright Monday morning, all the pain and the awful bloated feeling just stopped.

    I’m thrilled to report that my last ultrasound showed that both my fibroid tumors had shrunk by 80%. My periods are much more consistent now, and I hardly experience any pain.

    In case you’re wondering, this website contains some of the remedies that helped me:


    Hope it helps anyone reading this!

  74. Maria Eusope May 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, i did a myomectomy almost 2 months ago. My tummy is still big/swollen as if I have just given birth. Just wandering if a post natal massage & the tight wrap would help. Thanks! Maria

  75. Maria Eusope May 25, 2016 at 3:51 pm Reply

    How long did it take for your tummy to go back to its old size? Thanks, Maria

    • Susan May 31, 2016 at 11:57 pm Reply

      I didn’t notice but after the surgery, the bulge from the fibroid went down quite a bit. Do watch your diet too and eat light but nutritious meals.

  76. May June 8, 2016 at 5:21 am Reply

    My mom will undergo in mymectomy operations. I would like to ask what are the food she need to avoid BEFORE & AFTER the operation? And what is the best action to have fast recovery?

    • Susan June 15, 2016 at 1:49 am Reply

      Before and after op- have iron rich food like beef, liver, spinach. Also have fish and veg for a lighter diet after the op. Food to avoid after op is seafood like squid, prawns and crabs as well as duck. I always recommend to have a binder after the op and keep it on. Do start to walk by the 3rd day to get the blood flowing but get sufficient rest too. Speedy recovery to your mum.

    • Maria Eusope June 15, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply

      I agree with Susan re food. I had mine done in early April & i regretted for not getting myself the confinement food after the op.

      FYI, my stomach is still swollen/big now-2 months after. My gynae did mention though that it will take 6 months for the stomach to go back to its original size.

      The stitches were all ok after a month but im still applying the gel/cream on the scar & really hoping the scar will go away.

  77. Sierra June 17, 2016 at 8:39 am Reply

    I had an open abdominal myomectomy 8 days ago. I have severe bruising on my left side above incision that goes around to my hip bone. Its only on my left side and it’s swollen and hurts at touch. My right side is swollen normal and no bruising. Anyone with bruising?

    • Maria Eusope June 18, 2016 at 11:38 am Reply

      Hi Sierra, I had it too but don’t worry it will go away. I had no pain though, just numb at the incision area.


  78. Sierra June 23, 2016 at 7:14 am Reply

    I went to my Dr and he sent me back to the hospital. A CT scan confirmed a large hematoma. Has anyone had this post myomectomy? It feels hard as a rock.y right side is not like that…

  79. Feyi July 10, 2016 at 3:50 am Reply

    Hi guys.

    I see so many stories here and my heart goes out to every woman who has gone through the same pains I’ve been through.

    Is this normal?

    I had my myomectomy 3 months ago, end or March to be precise. My gynae gave me the coil immediately afterwards to help with the healing. I had a lot of post op bleeding which went of for like 7wks and I took the coil out. The bleeding stopped.

    I got my period end of June, it was very sparse at the beginning and I was happy. No pains nothing. The nightmare was finally over. I thanked God.

    Now I feel otherwise. The heavy clotting is back and it comes with back pain. I had my 5day very scanty period and the floodgates seemed to have been reopened. I spoke to my gynae. She assures me it will stop and it’s part of the healing process because I took out 11 fibroids which had blocked my ovaries and so on.

    I’m starting to feel faint again as the anemia may be back due to non-stop bleeding for 2wks now.

    Pls does anyone have any similar experience I can draw knowledge from? I don’t know what else to do. Help me.

  80. lovisa Elia July 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Thanks to keep me update

  81. obiageli September 20, 2016 at 1:34 am Reply

    susan may God bless ur good heart for dis ur beautiful blog. pls has anyone undergone myomectomy twice and later give birth? that is d situation i found myself. did one in 2008 not married then and now scheduled for another one 30th of dis september 2016 . am scared because am now married and my husband and i need our own children despirately. am 36yrs. pls keep me in ur prayer. i know my God wil nt fail me.

    • Susan September 24, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply

      Praying for your surgery and have a speedy recovery.

  82. tebz October 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm Reply

    I had surgical myomactomy for the past 7weeks.I still experience abdominal pain and later on dairhea.

  83. Akinyele modupe October 12, 2016 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Do you feel your organs moving years after the surgery

  84. Karen December 28, 2016 at 10:59 pm Reply

    I notice it very common for woman to have fibroid and i’m one of them too. However, did not came across any that mention to have the womb remove. I saw 2 gynaes amd both with different school of thoughts. 1 suggested since want to remove fibroid might as well remove the womb but leave the ovaries intact while the other gynae suggested to just remove the fibroid. I’m in a dilemma.

    • Susan December 28, 2016 at 11:11 pm Reply

      Thanks for leaving a comment Karen. Why did the gynae suggest for you to remove the womb? In my case, my gyane suggested that I do that as I seem predisposed to get it again. But there are also other factors such as your age, if you’re planning to start a family or have more kids, how big and how fast the fibroid is growing. My mum actually had fibroids as well and after having 3 kids, she had her womb removed so that it wouldn’t come back and bother her. It’s not something I’m comfortable with, so I told the gynae I’ll just take my chances unless I don’t have a choice.

  85. Karen December 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, i’m 39 and have 2 kids. However, many friends still think 39 is young and not to disturb the womb. The gynae who suggested to remove the womb was telling me it is only for baby and for me who doesnt want any more baby, might as well remove it. Whereas the gynae who thinks to leave it intact thinks there’ll be other problems such as menopause comes early etc. When i came across your blog and read all the review, i realise my fibroid is nothing compare to the rest who have multiple fibroids. Pray that everyone will be healthy and well.

  86. Penny March 6, 2017 at 1:15 am Reply

    Hi, Susan
    I did my myomectomy few days ago, my fibroid was 20 cm + and I was like 6 months pregnant , now am in recovery stage!. My Gyno has put me to antibiotics 2 types I am no sure why! But during operation stage didn’t remove my uterus or ovaries, because. My fibroid was huge on top my uterus line and she said the fibroid will not come back. Btw, I am 45. But it’s very painful still and cannot move around easily! I need to fly back from Middle East to Asia, Hong Kong in few days .Thank you Penny

  87. Yas March 9, 2017 at 2:17 am Reply

    Hi Susan, thanks for sharing your time/ story! I’ve had 6 fibros removed 3 months ago and started experience lower adominal pains on my left side 4 days ago. is this normal? I’ve used heating pads and drank peppermint tea which only helps momentarily. For the most part my recovery had been ok – until 4 days ago. I’m 37yo. Nokids / 1st fibro surgery- Had both tubes removed 3 years ago. Thoughts? Yas

    • Susan March 10, 2017 at 9:52 am Reply

      Hi Yas,
      Sorry to hear that your pain. After 3 months, the wounds should be healing nicely.Do consult your doctor about it and have it checked.

      • Yas March 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

        Hi Susan,

        The pain has decrease significantly from a 6 to about a 2. And yes the outer wounds healed very nicely. I did call my doctor and she said to come in to be on the safe side. So I intend to go the end of the month. In the meantime I’m keeping track of everything!

        Again, Thank you so much! And I hope all is well with you and all of the wonderful strong ladies on this forum!

  88. Tracey May 12, 2017 at 10:36 am Reply

    Please everyone pray that my MRI goes well. I have a large fibroid in my uterus. The results of this MRI will determine the surgery I get. I am 36 never married and no kids. Please pray that my uterus can be saved and that my husband finds me soon.

    • Susan May 23, 2017 at 12:30 am Reply

      Praying that your MRI goes smoothly. All the best for the results.

  89. Nonto July 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm Reply

    Hey Susan and all. I’m 28 and have no children. I just wanna share too. I’ve been bleeding for 2 weeks then I went to the Gynecologist well he said I have 2 fibroids the other 1 is 3cm can’t remember the cm of the second one…He said I have to do operation to remove them..please advice I’m soo scared to do operation. If I don’t do the operation what will happen?

    • Susan July 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm Reply

      If you are not keen to do the operation, then I’ll suggest that you seek a second opinion. For a 3cm fibroid, an invasive operation may not be necessary and the gynae may be able to do a keyhole surgery. This may depend on where it’s located as well. Hope this helps.

      • Nonto July 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm Reply

        Thanks will ask the Doctor tomorrow.

  90. Cindy July 30, 2017 at 5:09 am Reply

    hi Susan
    just had an operation a week ago the dr removed 3 fabriods,the pain is unbearable even though I’m taking pain killers, is this normalink? thanks Cindy

    • Susan August 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm Reply

      The first few days after op will be painful but your doctor should have prescribed you painkiller for it. If it’s still unbearable, please flag it up to your doctor and have it checked. In my second op, the doc pumped too much air during the op and caused a lot of gas to be trapped in my stomach and caused a lot of pain as well.

  91. min min September 29, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply

    Hi Suzan, May I know which Doctor performed your 1st and 2nd operation?
    I have a cyst in ovary, thinking to remove.

    Thank you

    • Susan September 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm Reply

      Hi Mn Min,
      My first op was done by Dr Sim Lee Ngor from TMC. My latest op was done by Dr Ang Huai Yan from Gleneagles.

  92. Peace wiro November 3, 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Hi Susan
    Thanks for sharing your experience. My sister had an open myometomy 6 days ago and this morning she is having cold and consistent cough. Please could this be a good sign.

    • Susan November 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply

      I’ll advise you to get it checked by the doctor. The cough can be painful after an abdominal surgery.

  93. Zen December 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm Reply

    Hi Susan I am scheduled for a myomectomy for an intramural fibroid of 9cm anterior in a week. I am 37 and my hubby and I have been trying to conceive for 2 yrs. Still thinking keyhole (dr Dharshini mt E Novena) or c-sec op (dr TB Lim mt E Orchard). Your blog has provided strength and support. Take care everyone in the community. Zen.

  94. VINITHA December 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm Reply

    Hi SUSAN,

    I am 28 years old and suppose to go for operation to remove fibroids only and not the whole uterus ,i got 2 of them big 1 is 6cm and small is 4.cm,and they are outside the uterus, and i have enlarged uterus as per in ultrasound .I want some suggestions as they should be removed or not because they making my stomach slightly bigger also i havev pain like lower right abdomen occasionally ,always feeling bloated . I would like to know if this operation will affect my future pregnancy and the life after the operation.

    • Susan December 18, 2017 at 10:15 am Reply

      Hi Vinitha, I hope you’ve approached a gynae to discuss your options for the surgery. But from my personal experience, the gynaes have recommended removal when the fibroids are growing and they need to do a biopsy to ensure it is not harmful to the body. The size and location of the fibroid also determines if an op is required. Such an op should not affect future pregnancy and many go on to conceive afterwards. My advise is to speak to your doctor about it. If you don’t feel comfortable, seek a 2nd opinion too.

      • VINITHA December 18, 2017 at 3:18 pm Reply

        hi susan,

        Thank you for your reply. Dr had advised for MRI and results show bulky uterus with multiple fibroids- 6 fibroids of which 3 are around 2 cm and others 3 around 6cm intramural , 5cm subserosal and 4 cm subserosal with small left ovarian endometriotic cyst and mild free fluid in pelvic cavity. As per doctors advice i have deicded to undergo laps myomectomy.

  95. ann April 7, 2018 at 12:57 am Reply

    Is 9 month now after my surgery still waiting for ttc

    • Susan April 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm Reply

      Hope you successfully conceive soon 🙂

  96. Jessie May 8, 2018 at 11:14 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, do you i had open myo for fibroids as heavy as half a kilo. I’m now in my 3rd week rest. Would like to ask, do you avoid yourself being exposed to wind coming from Fan? I’m basically did not really follow the Chinese confinements. I washed my hair on 2nd week and shower with normal water. Did not consume any ginger as to avoid heartiness as the incision might inflamed.

    • Susan May 14, 2018 at 1:45 pm Reply

      Hi Jessie,
      I’m not so strict and followed all the confinement rules as it’s impossible not to shower with our hot and humid weather. But it’s a good idea to take red date tea or ginger tea to keep our bodies “warm” and food with ginger helps to expel the gas after the operation. I ordered confinement tingkat, as diet wise, I wanted to build my body with healthier food. Have a speedy recovery and don’t lift heavy things.

  97. Ade May 10, 2018 at 2:10 am Reply

    hi Susan, I read your your experience and I can say mine is almost the same, had my surgery last two and 26 jewels were removed altogether.. Had low blood count. I’m home now and recovering well. I don’t pray anyone goes through this experience. I’m praying to get a good life partner as soon as possible so I can try to start conceiving

    • Susan May 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm Reply

      Hi Ade, have a speedy recovery. In fact, I just did a recent op but this time was to remove cysts that were in my fallopian tubes. I hope you gets your hearts’ desire to start a amily.

      • Judith June 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm Reply

        Halo Susan i had my fibriod removed 2years ago now am married trying to conceive but its been difficult. Is there anything i should be worried about?

        • Susan July 6, 2018 at 4:13 pm Reply

          Hi Judith, do speak to your gynae about your concerns. Have you gone for any fertility assessments? You may want to speak to your doctor about it and get their professional advice. All the best to you.

  98. Shannon August 17, 2018 at 2:16 am Reply

    Well ladies after reading all these stories I guess it’s time for me to get to the doctor. I was told around 8years ago that I had a fibroid and as long as it didn’t hurt that just keep in mind that it’s there. Well, she’s starting to ache and I know it’s big. I can lay on my back and see the left side of my lower stomach is protruding upwards and the other side isn’t. I can also feel where it is because it hurts when I push on that side and not the other side. I’m worried because I don’t have insurance right now and have no idea of the cost. Point being I thought there were drugs that you could take to reduce the fibroids? Anyway I’m also 48 and feel as if I’m in perimenapause because I’m all I’m all over the place with my emotions, periods are all out of wack etc. I’m wondering if it’s the fibroid making my periods soooo heavy and my cramping is horrible now and I also bleed for at least 5 days whereas it used to be like 2 and the third day was light and then it was gone. Give me some suggestions please

    • Susan August 23, 2018 at 9:21 pm Reply

      Hi Shannon, my advise is to see a doctor immediately. Putting up with the pain for a long time is no joke and depending on how severe the fibroid are, medication may only work up to a point and may require surgery. But what I do know is that if you’re approaching menopause, the fibroid may shrink due to lower estrogen levels. But in order to know for sure, do see a gyane and get a scan.

  99. Jonas Martensson August 17, 2018 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Going through a surgery for removing uterine fibroids is quite overwhelming but not knowing what to expect after it is quite more daunting. Well, the said article has cleared all my doubts as now I am aware of the varied ways to recover within a short period. Starting from aftercare instructions to dietary restrictions and drugs for managing pain- there are in actuality many things to take care of.

  100. Gloria May 22, 2019 at 2:55 am Reply

    I had my fibroid removed on the 11th of April 2019, I had my first period on 1st of may that lasted for 10 days and it was very heavy again on 20th of the month I still had another heavy flow. Is it normal

    • Susan May 24, 2019 at 4:46 pm Reply

      Hey Gloria, please visit your doctor and get a professional advice. In my experience, the flow wasn’t very heavy.

  101. Sal June 13, 2019 at 9:22 am Reply

    Hi all, hope everyone’s recovering well. I had my open myomectomy 9 days ago. Can I just check if its normal to experience pain not on the incision but above it? The whole stretch of area below belly button. Even when lying in bed, it’s painful to touch. When sitting or walking, sometimes getting stabbing pains in tat area? Is this normal?

    • Susan June 20, 2019 at 9:45 am Reply

      Hi Sal, I hope you have got that pain checked with your gynae. It’s normal to feel painful around the wound and as the skin is doing its repair work. If the pain persists and bothers you, please go to the doctor and have it looked at.

  102. NiksB July 25, 2019 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Hiii Susan….I can relate to almost everything especially the prayers from others and drainage tube trauma. I’m two weeks post opt. I’m healing nicely and I’m up and about (feel after so I’m trying to take it slow).
    Could you feel the uterus when you press (lightly) on your abdomen and was it a bit hard?
    Did it take a long time for your cycle to return after the surgery?

    Thanks for sharing your experience and allowing us all to share together.

    • Susan August 14, 2019 at 10:19 am Reply

      Hi Niks,
      Sorry for the late reply. My cycle returned about a month or so after the op. The uterus felt tender but not hard. If you don’t feel comfortable, do visit the doc and check that everything is alright.

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