Actress Halima Abubakar Shares Details Of Her Fibroid Surgery In India
Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar, has shared the details of a successful fibroid surgery, which she recently underwent in India.
The Kogi State-born actress disclosed that she decided to speak up about it in a bid to encourage other people.
The role interpreter also shared some photos of the fibroid tumour that was removed from her body as well as photos taken during the surgery and she thanked her fans for their immense support. She also thanked her Nollywood colleagues for reaching out to her during the challenging period.
Removal of Fibroids
Myomectomy is an operation to remove fibroid tumours (myomas) from the uterus. This retains the uterus, and is an alternative treatment to hysterectomy. It is sometimes a more difficult operation than hysterectomy but preserves reproductive choice for the patient.
Advantages of laparoscopic myomectomy
Small incisions and less scarring
Gentler handling of the body tissues and organs during the operation
Less postoperative pain
Less postoperative narcotic use for pain relief
Faster overall recovery with an earlier return to normal activity
How does laparoscopic myomectomy work?
Preoperative preparation involves a shave and a small enema, and you will need to fast for six hours before the operation.
A general anaesthetic is administered.
The laparoscope and other instruments are introduced – see laparoscopic surgery for more details.
The fibroid is visualised. A cut is made in the uterus and the fibroid is freed from the uterine muscle.
The incision in the uterus is repaired with sutures.
The fibroid is removed, usually by cutting it up into small pieces to get it out of the small incisions.
The wounds are closed.
Recovery after fibroid removal
Immediate post-operative recovery involves an average of two days in hospital. A fifth of patients can go home late the next day after surgery, and about 80% patients are home in two days. Patients are welcome to rest in hospital for as long as they need to.
One in five patients will only need tablets and not injections for postoperative pain relief. If injections are required about two are needed on average. Patients will be given as much pain relief as they request to make sure they are comfortable.
A low-grade temperature is common in the first few days after surgery. The first few days at home should be taken very easily. The patient should have someone to help. Plenty of rest and fluids are advisable. Exercise your calf muscles to prevent clots. Oral pain relief such as Panadeine or Panadol may be needed, especially at night.
Graded recovery over the next few weeks will occur. Gentle increasing exercise is helpful. Driving is permissible. Expect to tire easily.
Still in India, Halima assured fans that she would share more details about her battle with fibroid on her return to Nigeria. She also slammed her colleagues who didn’t reach out to her. An angry Halima also thanked a few of her colleagues who empathised with her during her stay in India and asked those who didn’t reach out to her not to like her pictures.
In 2015, popular Nigeria stylist and businesswoman, Toyin Lawani, revealed that she had fibroid while she was pregnant with her two children. She shared the graphic photos from the operation she had to remove the fibroid and spoke about how she almost lost her womb.
In the same year, Nigerian director Kemi Adetiba also opened up about battling an extreme case of fibroid. She shared her experience on Instagram. The director revealed she battled anaemia because of the condition, was often rushed to the ER and dangled close to death, until she underwent a successful treatment.
Thank you to the international doctors..women all over the world I respect you all.i won't lie it is painful painful,I got to be strong and I walked yesterday and about to now.i need it @indianmedguru#God bless everyone one in Nigeria 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 I am sharing my journey so others can be encouraged 💪🏼No need hiding such an important information #FIBROIDS
Halima began acting in 2001 when she played a minor role in Rejected. Her first lead role was in Gangster Paradise. She is also the CEO of a Modehouse Entertainment, a music label and entertainment management company.
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