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I know it is such a difficult decision to make but from my experience the absolute best decision I ever made was to go to PBS in London.
I had my surgery in June 2019 and I literally haven’t looked back. I cannot complain since, like most people I get an odd wee cramp with my period now but that’s it. Majority of the time I don’t even need a painkiller, so my life has completely changed. I have gone from eating painkillers like they were sweets to never needing one!
When I went to London it was for my third surgery, so I guess I was aware of what was going to happen. Basically, after surgery you are best to have as comfortable clothes as possible. I opted for pyjamas, big comfy underwear, hot water bottle, comfy blanket. You will have shoulder pain after surgery, so drink soda water it will get the gas out of you.
For travelling, you should get an apartment or hotel close by (I opted for Holiday Inn Regent’s Park and an apartment on Chiltern Street for the surgery). Stayed 3days after surgery and flew home. I booked a taxi which lifted us at the apartment door and took us to stansted, then I had booked assistance on the plane and a front row seat. It’s worth it.
For the car journey take a cushion or blanket something comfy. You will be uncomfortable after surgery, but the journey is manageable and worth it.
I had a fibroid removed during surgery, had various bits of endo removed also on numerous places. I can show you the report if you want. The scars I have are quite small, had 3 or 4 incisions on each surgery in different places so I’m like a pin cushion, but they’ve never ever bothered me! The other thing is plasters, PBS glued my incisions so I was a little bit weary of this as I was stitched the other times so I kept my wounds covered in the shower and if I was going anywhere but that was just my preference as I was a little nervous about them. No matter how many surgeries you have the wounds still be a little bit strange and can be hard to get used to how much you can do. Took me a good 6 weeks to be wearing normal clothes and things again.
But I was up and about the day after surgery and went for a walk around Baker Street so the recovery was much better for peters surgery than the other two!
I have probably rambled on and not answered what you asked, but feel free to ask away 😊