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Should I or shouldn't I have a DvH? Should I or shouldn't I have a DvH?

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Unread 06-10-2009, 07:51 PM
Should I or shouldn't I have a DvH?

Hi there,
I've just found out unexpectedly that I have Atypical Complex Endometrial Hyperplasia. I'm 48 and my doctor recommends a hysterectomy due to the high risk possibilities of uterine cancer (30-40% chance). I meet with a GYN/Oconlogist tomorrow to discuss my case and I would guess a surgery date. Is a hysterectomy truly the best course of action? We're not planning on increasing the family size. I'm also undecided as to whether or not to keep the ovaries. My gyn says there's only about 4 more years of "viable use" with them. Just curious what other's experiences are. In excellent spirits about it all, mostly just curious.

Paintstack
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Unread 06-10-2009, 08:14 PM
Re: Should I or shouldn't I have a DvH?

If they find cancer you won't be able to keep them. Thought is endometrial cancer is estrogen dependent so they will go (that's what happened to me).

Sounds like you aren't post menopausal yet, are you perimenopausal? IMHO, if you are post or peri I think loosing the ovaries is a bit easier on your body. I wasn't post menopausal and loosing my ovaries was and surgical menopause was tough.

You are right Drs will say "well only a few years of viable use" but if they are healthy they do produce low levels of hormones for a long time. Some sisters find that later after hyster the ovaries have to come out anyway.

So unfortunately it's a decision you have to make for yourself (don't you just hate that, I did) but you have to be comfortable and committed with your decison because there is no way back.

Hugs to you.
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Unread 06-11-2009, 02:40 PM
Re: Should I or shouldn't I have a DvH?


I'm glad you're in excellent spirit and also that you're under the care of a gyn/onc, the cancer experts. As already mentioned, if cancer should be present it is highly unlikely your doctor will want you to keep the ovaries;very often endometrial cancer is estrogen driven so removal gives better odds to avoid a possible recurrence.
Re the type of surgery to have. As no doubt you're aware, the daVinci assisted surgery is considered less invasive, does not leave a large scar but several tiny incisions, and may often allow a quicker recovery although this may vary by age and indivdual healing,etc. If your doctor has recommended daVince for your particular case, it seems like a good choice. If your gyn/onc does not do these surgeries, as this takes special training, and you are still interested in this surgery, you might want to seek out a gyn/onc who does them.
While my doc is trained in the daVinci too, I had other issues including pancreatic problems and he wanted to view this organ; etc.so he did a vertical inscision TAH/BSO. I'm sure you'll hear from other who have had the daVinci and were very glad that went that route.
I'd also like to invite you to post in CC forum https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/for...daysprune=&f=6 if perhaps you have question related to your Atypical Complex Endometrial Hyperplasia DX. There are quite a few women there who've dealt with this and I think you will find the group very supportive and super helpful.

peggiesue
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Unread 06-11-2009, 03:27 PM
Re: Should I or shouldn't I have a DvH?

Hi, paintstack!

I'm sorry about your diagnosis; you have come to the right place for a wealth of information and lots of support! I'm happy that you are in excellent spirits!

I can only offer my story with regards to da Vinci: So far, knock on wood, I'm having an excellent recovery after my surgery. I resisted hysterectomy for a long time, but finally realized it was time. I'm doing even better than I expected...and my hopes were high!

Anyway, my case was very straightforward...just removal of uterus, cervix, and a ~6 cm fibroid. The fibroid was dissected and all was removed vaginally. I had a very experienced da Vinci surgeon and surgery lasted only an hour...so I probably had minimal side effects from anesthesia, etc.

I'm in pretty good shape, don't take any prescription meds, and I have no other health concerns. So I'm probably kind of unusual in that sense. I only needed Percocet in the hospital, and ibuprofen after returning home--my bowel function was normal in a day and I didn't have much of the gas pain I was warned about...though I would definitely anticipate/plan for that, to be on the safe side. I was very lucky...not sure what I did right. Maybe the short surgery time? I drank lots of liquids in the hospital and walked quite a bit as soon as they would let me. Also, I drank a lot of herbal mint tea--good for the GI tract! (As an aside, my surgeon also said that reflexology can be quite helpful w/gas).

I went for my 10-day post-op last week and got clearance to drive. But I don't want to drive during busy times (those unexpected stops are hard on the "innards"). My small incisions don't bother me and I don't have any real pain inside, but I do feel tender and I don't lift, bend, stretch much at all. Just can't be too careful when healing. I've heard too many stories of women overdoing it and busting a stitch or two (or worse).

If you have any more questions about my da Vinci experience, let me know! I'm happy to answer questions!

Marisela



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Hi there,
I've just found out unexpectedly that I have Atypical Complex Endometrial Hyperplasia. I'm 48 and my doctor recommends a hysterectomy due to the high risk possibilities of uterine cancer (30-40% chance). I meet with a GYN/Oconlogist tomorrow to discuss my case and I would guess a surgery date. Is a hysterectomy truly the best course of action? We're not planning on increasing the family size. I'm also undecided as to whether or not to keep the ovaries. My gyn says there's only about 4 more years of "viable use" with them. Just curious what other's experiences are. In excellent spirits about it all, mostly just curious.

Paintstack
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