I know some type of surgery is inevitable for me, but I can’t help but feel completely relieved that I am scheduled to get a 2nd opinion…so glad I am moving forward with it, and I have THIS SITE to thank!
After discovering a 9 cm Transmural Fibroid tumor (inside and outside) of my uterus, my OB/GYN automatically said I needed a full hysterectomy (due to the size and location of the tumor, no other options were viable for me, she said). Because of a strong family history we also discussed removing my ovaries. That is still on the table as we await my mom and sister’s BRCA1, BRCA2 and BART results in a few weeks (their insurance would pay for it, mine wouldn’t. Both have had breast and cervical cancer).
We discussed the daVinci method, but I am a recovered Heart Failure patient and my Cardiologist wasn’t thrilled with the surgery time or the position of the body during the surgery, so we were back to square 1 - - abdominal hysterectomy.
Terrified about everything, I found this site and started reading up on what was about to happen to me, and I gotta tell you I became EVEN MORE terrified! I also started to question why my Dr. hadn’t talked to me about any of these other things that I probably needed consultation on…bladder slings, is my cervix coming out or not, recovery complications, sexual dysfunction, etc…the list goes on and on…I didn’t have any clue! Not that I will have all of those things, but it would be good to know what to possibly expect!
So, I compiled 2 pages worth of questions and my husband and I went to see her last week. At the end of the appointment I was sure of two things…1) I definitely needed surgery, and 2) I definitely wanted a 2nd opinion.
I love my Dr., but she is an OB/GYN who does surgery maybe 6 times a year. She could tell we were desperate for more information about potential “less invasive” options, so she referred me to a gynecologic surgeon who “specializes” in the field. I see him next Monday, August 27th.
I thought it would be uncomfortable and awkward asking all of those questions, and especially asking for a 2nd opinion, but it wasn’t. I realized I needed to be my own health advocate, and this was too major to screw around with. My Dr. was understanding, too, and in some way I think it gave her some second thoughts on jumping straight to hysterectomy for her patients….maybe….
I will keep everyone updated. Like I said, I am sure surgery will happen, and it could end up being the TAH, but at least I will know I did my due diligence, and whatever the outcome is, I will know I looked out for myself.
I feel a huge burden lifted off my shoulders right now.