I was 46 when I was diagnosed with two large fibroids.
Like Dressedupinblue, I also had a LSH, a less invasive hyst. I too kept my cervix and ovaries. I am almost four years post-op now and my ovaries are still working great.
I think getting a 2nd opinion is a great idea. I got two opinions myself and it is still one of the best things I ever did. My 1st Dr. wanted to do an abdominal hyst and my 2nd Dr. recommended a LSH. I am still very glad I was a candidate for the surgery type.
You might also check with your Dr. to see if you are a candidate for a UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization). The procedure helps to shrink fibroids and it keeps the uterus intact. Also, you might be a good candidate for a myomectomy, removal of the fibroids only. Again, the uterus is left intact.
In being diagnosed with fibroids..I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be told by two Drs that a hyst was my best route. I had never even had a surgery at that point in my life. I was scared to death. It took me quite a while to rap my mind around having a hyst...and it happens to a lot of ladies. I was why me???? for a very long time.
So in the end...do what is *best* for you. That is what is most important.