I am considering a hysterectomy. I had a Lapro last week (November 2000) and was diagnosed with endo. Also, my uterus was totally attached to my abdominal wall (scar tissue). Has anyone had this problem?? I am trying to gather info to make decision on whether to take bc (Trivora) or just go with the total hysterectomy.
Good luck in making your decision. It is not an easy decision to make. I know, I went through my fears and in the end went through with my TAH. I know I made the right decision for me. In response to your question about having your uterus attached to your abdominal wall, mine was attached to my bladder. They had to cut them apart to remove my uterus. I had all sorts of problems with my bladder before surgery... and now... I do not have any problems!!!!! Are you having any problems because of this attachment? Good luck and God Bless You!
Big, important decisions. I'm thrilled with my ultimate decision to go with surgery, but it was after exhausting (I believe) all other treatments. During surgery, they discovered that my uterus had adhered to my inner pelvic wall in several spots. The MD seemed very unalarmed by this. . .they cauterized those spots, which he described as an easy and routine solution. But I don't know how much worse that condition would have gotten without surgery, or what the particular side effects of that occurrence are.
You're in the right place to seek answers. Good luck to you.
I had what my doctor called "massive adhesions" (scar tissue) - my right ovary was stuck to my small bowel, bladder stuck to uterus, etc. etc. This was discovered when I went for a ThermaChoice, D&C, Tubal Ligation in 7/2000 hoping to relieve pain, heavy bleeding. Unfortunately this procedure made everything worse. To my amazement I had endo and fibroids which the ThermaChoice should not be done if you have either - I had both. Had my TAH/BSO on 12/4 and I can tell I will be pain free within 6-8 weeks and thats a good feeling. As I exhausted every alternative and constantly putting off having the hysterectomy as I was so nervous - then again who isn't? So not unusual what you had/have. You must've had previous abdominal surgery. Take care of yourself all will be well.
There are several things to consider when trying to determine if a hysterectomy is right for you. One, there are risks involved. Some ladies end up regretting their hysterectomy because of all of the complications that ended up occurring. Next, you need to realize that ndometriosis is not cured with a hysterectomy so you could still deal with endo issues post hysterectomy.
I have had both the surgical complications and post hysterectomy endo issues.
Have you had a second opinion about what is best for you? Have you consulted with an endometriosis specialist? They tend to be exceptionally knowledgeable and skilled when it comes to treating and recognizing endometriosis. Not all doctors have the skills needed to safely remove all of the endometriosis from the body and thus endo can be missed and left behind allowing for issues down the road. And with the definite adhesion issues you are dealing with, you need a very skilled and careful surgeon.
I would suggest you learn all you can about endometriosis before making your final decision. We have several Endometriosis Resources you can read through.
Trying the least invasive treatment option first is wise in my opinion. For one, you might find it works and you can avoid surgery at this time. Two, it could give you some more time to make your final decision about a hysterectomy. Additionally, if you try the options you know that you did your best treat your condition as conservatively as possible prior to scheduling a major surgery with more risks to your overall health.
There is no one size fits all or easy answer when it comes to endometriosis! I wish there was! What is right for me many not work for you at all, and vice versa!
This is a huge decision and I applaud you for asking questions and doing the research on all of your options. In my case, I suffered severe instestinal pain during my periods. At first my GP thought it was IBS but I was convinced that it was more because it only occured during my periods. After researching about adhesions, I was convinced that that was the problem. I had a myomectomy several years ago via abdominal incision to remove 9 fibroids. There is a greater increase in your chances of developing adhesions after you have had an abdominal surgery. My doctor agreed and confirmed it during my Hyst back on 6/08. In addition to my uterus being 3 times the normal size due to fibroids, part of my intestine was glued to it. They were able to successfully separate the intestine with no problems. I have gone through what would have been a full cycle(I still have my ovaries so my hormones are still cranking), with no intestinal problems and I am thrilled!
I am so glad I did the leg work to research all of my options so that I could get to the point where I am today, happy that I made the right decision for me.
Good luck with your research and in making your decision.
Yes I had that but mines was found out when they open me up. To my doctor surprise. I was a real mess he said. Everything was in my stomach walls. It was all one. So my surgery turned into almost a five hour job. And it all wasn't done. I was suppose to get a TAH but ended up with a (partial supracervicl with both ovaries out) because I lost too much blood and was under a long time. Now I'm facing another surgery I pray this time no surprises. My prays are with you. He will led you to the right choice.
I had a total hysterectomy (kept my ovaries) on Tues 12/22 laproscopicly. Dr. told my husband my pelvis was a mess. My uterus was attached to my abdominal wall and my uterus was also attached to my bladder. I had alot of scar tissue from my c-section in 1997. Surgery took longer then expected. I know before my surgery when I exercised I would always wet myself. Maybe this will fix my problem since my bladder was attached where it shouldn't of been. Time will tell. Good luck.