Were you concerned with morcellation and your cancer risk before your hysterectomy? What are the facts about your cancer risk and morcellation?

Morcellation during a gynecologic surgery is a controversial topic. One of the biggest concerns, based on one woman’s recent experience, is the possibility of spreading undiagnosed cancer, specifically uterine leiomyosarcoma (ULMS), during minimally invasive surgery (MIS) with morcellation. Because of this woman’s experience, there has been discussion within the medical community about banning or curbing the use of morcellation altogether, which may have negative affects on other women and the surgical—hysterectomy or myomectomy—choices available to them for the best outcomes.

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If you had a daVinci hysterectomy, how quick was your recovery time? How soon did you resume working out following your robotic hysterectomy?

Many women wonder how long and how fast they can get back to their workouts, especially when it comes to the daVinci or laparoscopic hysterectomy.

While your external scars may heal quicker with a DvH (daVinci hysterectomy) or laparoscopic hysterectomy, all hysterectomies take roughly the same amount of time to heal internally.

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What treatments helped you with vaginal atrophy?

If you are suffering from vaginal atrophy, you will want to work with your doctor to find treatment options that will ease your symptoms. There are a variety of both over the counter and prescription options you can try, and some life style changes may help as well. You may discover a single option works best for you, or you may need to combine some of the choices for optimal results.

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Did you have ovarian cysts after your hysterectomy? Does a hysterectomy cause ovarian cysts?

A hysterectomy does not directly cause ovarian cysts, but they can and do occur after a hysterectomy.

During the monthly menstrual cycle, even after a hysterectomy, a functional ovarian cyst forms on the surface of a woman’s ovary. During ovulation, the cyst opens and releases the maturing egg. If the cyst does not open to release the egg, it can fill with fluid forming a follicular cyst.

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Did you have morcellation with your hysterectomy? Were you worried whether it was the right decision for you?

The practice of medicine is an ongoing experiment. The tricky part is that no two patients are the same; thus, the variables in this experiment are endless. For us, this means that there is always at least a small risk. A treatment that works for 999 people may not work for the next person that walks in the door. And in many cases, no one—not even the doctor—can be blamed.

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What exercise program worked for you following your hysterectomy?

While there is not one exercise program in particular that is approved post-op, it’s best before beginning any exercise program to talk with your doctor. While women experience some of the same symptoms post-op, each of us heal differently. Your doctor can help you come up with a program that is safe for you and help monitor your progress. You should also mention the issues you are having with swelling and pain. While endometriosis could be causing or contributing to your symptoms, it could also be that the exercises you have been doing are not right for you.

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Did you have tender breasts following your hysterectomy?

Many hysterectomy patients experience breast tenderness in the days following their surgery, whether or not they had their ovaries removed. This tenderness is generally related to a hormonal imbalance.

If you kept your ovaries, breast tenderness can indicate that the ovaries are functioning. Estrogen levels change throughout the month, and breast tenderness can occur when estrogen levels are at their highest. Initially, breast tenderness can also mean that your ovaries aren’t functioning properly.

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