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Age 42--will fibroids come back after myomectomy? Age 42--will fibroids come back after myomectomy?

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Unread 10-07-2003, 09:22 PM
Age 42--will fibroids come back after myomectomy?

Hiya Janm ... I would suspect your doctor is saying your fibroids would most likely not grow back because they might be banking on an early menopause for you.

Also, I have to agree with the others that recovery would not be similar between a lap and an open myomectomy. I remember all too well what my first myo felt like ... that first incision really was the worst.

I do know a few ladies who have successfully become pregnant after myomectomies, and did not have problems. However one of them also had complications from becoming pregnant while she still had fibroids.

I didn't have any issues with abdominal strength. The actual ab muscles were not cut. After 6-8 weeks I was back to doing light workouts. Today I have greater core strength than I have ever had.

While I firmly believe I am a rarity in my ability to grow fibroids, most people I know personally had to have 2 myomectomies before they quit having problems with them. If you are prone to getting them, a pregnancy may accelerate their growth. Just something to keep in mind.

I will also comment that my last surgery was done because the CT scan showed a large ovarian cyst (I forget what kind ... but it was the kind that wasn't totally evil) When surgery was done it wasn't a cyst ... but another fibroid. Prior to surgery while the doctor and I still thought it was a large cyst, I was almost put to bedrest because my doctor knows I tend to push myself and have a high pain threshold. He was very concerned and watched me closely. We negotiated that I would not do anything but lay by the pool and work the remote. It was a serious situation. So yes, large cysts are definitely a concern.

Good luck in your research and discussions with your doctors. You are the only one who will be able to determine what is right your you.

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Unread 10-11-2003, 08:32 PM
Age 42--will fibroids come back after myomectomy?

Hi Jan,
I thought I'd share my experience. About 12 years ago I had very large uterus was the gestational size of a 20 week uterus! My primary symptoms were heavy bleeding and constant bladder pressure. I searched and searched and finally fond a surgeon who did a myomectomy, it was an open procedure. Since my myomas were so large, he did tell me that if he ran into a severe hemorrhage problem, he would be prepared to do a hysterectomy. Fortunately, I was able to have the myomectomy. Now, it is 12 years later and I am going through menopause at the age of 54. My current GYN says the fibroids have started to grow back, but they are small, present no problem, and have grown back slowly; so no treatment is necessary and they are expected to shrink up when meno is complete. I just wanted you to know about my experience. In my opinion, I am happy that I made the choice for myomectomy and I am also happy that the surgeon took the time to offer me a choice.
Best wishes as you research and make the right choice for you.

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