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Unread 04-03-2002, 06:33 AM
Hormones Post-Op?

Hello Ladies,
I need your help please.
I received a phone call yesterday from my gyn to go over a few things. Surgery Scheduled for 4/22- TAH/BOS due to Enlarged Uterus and Fibroids, Fibroids, Fibroids. She plans to do a bikini-cut. I would have preferred a TVH, but she claims it is not possible. Anyway, I wanted to be assured that she would start me on hormone therapy right after surgery, as this is what I was told by her nurse when I called there a few weeks ago. The gyn said "No" that she prefers to wait a couple of weeks. Is this the norm? I am worried about loss of hormones. Any thoughts on this would be very much appreciated. Thank-you again- ALL of U!
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Unread 04-03-2002, 06:43 AM
Hormones Post-Op?

Hi Sharon,
I also had a TAH/BSO for enlarged uterus and fibroids. The doctor did atempt to do a TAVH, but while in surgery they changed and went with the TAH bikini cut. Doctor told my husband that I was a bleeder so she felt safer going bikini. I am 51 and was placed on my hormones the day after surgery. I take Cenestin. You might ask your doctor why she/he would like to wait. Maybe there are other reasons your doctor feel you should wait. I wish you a safe and easy surgery and recovery.

Unread 04-03-2002, 07:03 AM
Hormones Post-Op?

My DR also waited 2 weeks. I didn't have any symptoms between surgery and starting at 2 weeks, no hot flashes, etc. I've been taking estrace 1mg/day ever since (8 weeks post) with no problems. The body has a supply of hormones built up anyway, and usually takes a couple of weeks to deplete, maybe that's why some DR's wait. Maybe it depends on your age. I really don't know why. Call and ask your DR (then tell us )

You sound like me, lots of fibroids and an enlarged uterus. My uterus was even larger than she expected, even after pelvic exam and sonogram. She said it was a challenge getting it out via a bikini cut.
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Unread 04-03-2002, 07:52 AM
Hormones Post-Op?

Hi, mlweeman, you sound like me. I, too, had a very enlarged uterus with lots of fibroids. The biggest one I had was 12cm (a baby's head, I was told by my doctor, is between 8-10cm).

The largest fibroid I had was actually larger than my uterus and the doctor contemplated having to do the vertical cut. I'm so glad that he didn't 'cause I really wanted the bikini cut. What he had to do was to cut up the fibroid while inside so that he could get it out through the incision. I had a total of 7, although they were all different sizes.

It really amazes me the types of problems we women have with our bodies. It boggles the mind !!!!
Unread 04-03-2002, 08:24 AM
Hi Sharon

My doctor didn't give me an estrogen patch until I was 5 weeks post op. I felt fine without it. A few minor warm flashes at bedtime. He knew I had alot of stored estrogen in my body. This may be true for you too.
Also, our adrenal glands continue to produce hormones even after the surgery. I am not sure for how long though but they are working for us.
My doctor amazingly enough gave me the bikini cut. I had expected the vertical. I had a 10 week size uterus and lot's of large cysts and fibroids. (Also cancer which required alot of biopsy's). I am grateful as it has healed up very quickly and not too much discomfort.
Keep posting and reading. You are going to do just fine.

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