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#244661 - 09/15/04 02:51 PM I'm having surgery ...
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I'm having surgery on September 27 to have uterine fibroids removed. I'm having a myomectomy.I was wondering if any ladies out there in BOL land has had this procedure or if anyone knows some one that has had this procedure? I've talked to my doctor extensively about it. I'm still a little nervous since I've never been in the hospital before.

I understand that in the past the only way to remove fibroids was to have a hysterectomy. Thank God medical science has better ways of treating them!

Please keep in your prayers.

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#244662 - 09/15/04 02:53 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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No experience with this, but you can rest assured that you are in my prayers.
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#244663 - 09/15/04 02:56 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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I have not heard of the procedure, but you are in my prayers. I'm sure it will go well.

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#244664 - 09/15/04 03:19 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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My Mom had the fibroids a long time ago, they did a partial hysterectomy (left her ovaries in, so she wouldn't grow a beard).

I am glad that medicine has made the advances so you don't need one, her recovery period was 8 weeks.

Best of luck, I am sure you will be a-OK.
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#244665 - 09/15/04 06:01 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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I am 33 years old and have had two hysterectomy's already. The first one at 30 to take out everything by my ovaries but what they didn't expect is to find a tumor the size of a long john on the back of my uterus. That surgery went all fine and dandy and I thank God everyday that I do not have to deal with the pain and agony every month. Now two years later I developed another tumor at the bottom of my uterine wall and needed another partial hysterectomy to have it removed. That surgery also went very well. I think with all of the advances in medicine these days, I have become less scared each time that I have to go in. I do have to have one more surgery eventually to take my ovaries out, but they are leaving them in as long as they can. Don't want hormone pills already. I am not scared at all to have the next surgery.
I would not worry about the surgery procedure, I would just focus on the fact that they are taking care of the fibroid tumors that could cause problems.

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#244666 - 09/15/04 06:04 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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My doctor removed fibroids with laser surgery 1st. They grew back and I eventually had to have the hysterectomy to make them go away and stay away. I couldn't have children anyway so it was not a big deal. The myomectomy is a new procedure since my surgery was done. Hopefully, it will work for you.
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#244667 - 09/15/04 06:48 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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I don't know anyone who has gone through this, but I will be thinking of you & sending good thoughts to you.

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#244668 - 09/15/04 07:28 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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Had a complete hysterectomy about 16 years ago. It wasn't that bad.....The is the first I've heard of the surgery that you are mentioning....Hope things go well for you....

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#244669 - 09/15/04 08:22 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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You are in my prayers. Your recovery time should probably be much less than a full hysterectomy.

I asked for a hysterectomy the last time I had bleeding episodes and they won't give me one! They say I have no fibroids or tumors, just an irregular cycle, but geesh! It's not like I'm going to have children at this stage of the game. I just want the monthly agony to stop.

As for leaving in the ovaries to keep the body producing hormones; my doctor said that after a few months, the ovaries figure out there is no uterus to produce hormones for, and stop on their own.
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#244670 - 09/15/04 08:35 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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Nanwa, if your doctor said that the ovaries quit producing hormones within a couple of months of a hysterectomy, I think he is an idiot. I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago. I was 36, my gyne said that I shouldn't need HRT until my mid 50's. Every year I have my hormones checked and my ovaries are still working fine.

I have read about a myomectomy and hope the procedures goes well. If not, you will probably end up having a hysterectomy eventually. I had fibroid tumors and my uterus was the size of a 4 1/2 month pregnant woman when they took it out. I haven't missed it yet!!!

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#244671 - 09/15/04 11:05 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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KBuck - only had cysts removed from my ovaries on several occasions. Once I had children, the problem seemed to go away. But please know you'll be in my prayers for a speedy recovery.
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#244672 - 09/17/04 06:30 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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Actually I had surgery just lat Friday. Had one ovary removed because it was 4 times it's normal size. And was to have an ablasion, but was unable to because of tumers. Doc says that I can go back at a later date, if I can't stand the situation and she will remove the uterous. All in all, am feeling well. Was back at work Tues. But these pins and needle pains in the stomach have got to go! Hoping this weekend speeds my recovery. My thoughts are with you!

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#244673 - 09/20/04 03:13 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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JeloQuen,

Sorry to hear about your surgery. I hope that you are feeling better soon.

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#244674 - 09/21/04 06:30 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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I had an endometrial ablation in August. It essentially burns off the uterine wall, without scaring the uterus. It leaves everything intact, but makes pregnancy virtual impossible. Ovulation continues, but since there is nothing left on the interior uterine wall, there is nothing for the egg to implant to, thus virtually no forming of the mucous layer and very little bleeding.

My Dr. recommended this course of action to address the irregular and heavy flow and nearly debilatating cramps. hysterectomy was also an option, but this route is noninvasive and recovery time is a few days compared to 6 weeks.

So far, the procedure appears to be having the intended result and it sure beats doing the hysterectomy. At least for now.

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#244675 - 09/21/04 09:57 PM Re: I'm having surgery ...
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You are in my prayers. Your recovery time should probably be much less than a full hysterectomy.

I asked for a hysterectomy the last time I had bleeding episodes and they won't give me one! They say I have no fibroids or tumors, just an irregular cycle, but geesh! It's not like I'm going to have children at this stage of the game. I just want the monthly agony to stop.

As for leaving in the ovaries to keep the body producing hormones; my doctor said that after a few months, the ovaries figure out there is no uterus to produce hormones for, and stop on their own.




If I were you, I would talk to your doctor about having a Progesterone test. Using a natural Progesterone cream may be just your answer. I was having such a horrible time with cramping, heavy bleeding and irregularity that I had to do something. I was too young for hormones and they weren't approved for pre-menopausal symptoms. So the doctor put me back on BC pills. After a year, I was wanting to get off them and started getting information on the Progesterone creams. Since I am also an Arbonne consultant, I ordered the one that we sell and have been using it for the last 2-3 years. I can't tell you how much it has improved my disposition and the way I feel. Cramping is almost non-existant and I am about as regular as I was on the pill. If you would like some great information on this, please get Dr. John Lee's book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About..." It has some great information in it. There is one for pre-menopausal and another for post. He also has a website with good information. Dr. John Lee

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