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Unread 05-08-2002, 04:32 PM
Size of a 30 week pregnancy

This is my first post. Must say information received so far has been very valuable. I went to the doctor to get results of ultrasound and was told that I had one large fibroid 29 cm (do not recall other dimensions). I am having a total hysterectomy and will have to have a verticial incision. Surgery was scheduled for 7/2. I've been told that even after removal of fibroid, belly would not go down. Needless to say, this is upsetting. I don't have any other symptoms, but I am almost 52 years old and I look six to seven months pregnant and can't wear any of my clothes (size 10-12). One of my main concerns is that once my uterus has been removed, will any of the other major organs be damaged. Would I have some symptoms now? The only time I've been in the hospital was to have children, now 28 and 25 years old so if this post seems to be rambling, it's because I get nervous.
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Unread 05-08-2002, 04:37 PM
Size of a 30 week pregnancy

Hi and welcome to Hyster Sisters!

I'm 10 weeks post-op and my tummy is still there, but it's going down. My doctor told me 6-12 months for the swelling. I think everyone is really different with this. I had a horizontal incision.

Have you read the pull-down menus on the main page yet? There is a lot of information on this site and those menus helped me answer questions and gather questions for me to ask my doctor.

Unread 05-08-2002, 04:54 PM
Size of a 30 week pregnancy

Hey dcopelyn, I just had my surgery last week for 4 fibroids about 4 cm each and was told the same thing. But let me tell you, even with the swelly belly, I can tell a difference. Not alot, but I can tell an area in front is flatter, where it was pooching out. And I'm a size 14-16. How could you not have a flatter belly with something that size! Geez!

Maybe the Dr means you won't just won't look like Brittany Spears or something..

Don't be too nervous. I had NEVER been in a hostpital, I had my kids at home. But getting so much rest and attention was kind of refreshing! ; )

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Unread 05-08-2002, 05:27 PM
Size of a 30 week pregnancy

DCopelyn, I agree with Sherry, it surely does seem that removal of such a large fibroid will do something, at least, to reduce a stomach! I'm no doctor and shouldn't speculate, but since you probably really need to have this surgery, wait and see, and perhaps it will work. I'm really hoping that my fibroid removal (about 18 week) will help out in that department as well!

I understand that the doctors have so much experience in doing this operation that there is rarely any damage to another organ.

Please keep up your spirits, hope for the best, and keep in touch. I've never been in a hospital either - no kids or anything - and I'm just waiting and gathering information. Keep in touch!

Unread 05-08-2002, 05:39 PM
Size of a 30 week pregnancy

Hi dcopelyn,

I want to welcome you to Hystersisters, too.

I am 56 and had my hyst because of prolapses. I still get a swelly belly at times (like tonight), but I didn't have fibroids, so I can't really answer your question about the size of your belly eventually going down.

You will probably have a pre-op appointment and at that time you may want to ask your doctor to explain why he said there'll be no difference after surgery. Maybe he meant immediately after, and not long-term?


Unread 05-09-2002, 10:55 AM
Size of a 30 week pregnancy

Thanks guys for replying so soon. I really need this website. Please let me clear something up. My doctor, who I think is wonderful, did not tell me that my belly wouldn't go down, just other well meaning acquaintances who feel obligated to share their experiences (positive and negative.)
Unread 05-10-2002, 07:51 PM
Size of a 30 week pregnancy

Hi there,
I had a really large fibroid too. I had a TAH/BSO 3 1/2 weeks ago. You will be so amazed at how good it feels to have that thing gone and be able to breathe again. My fibroid was huge and I have had a remarkable recovery. Nothing was damaged or bothered in any way.

My belly is not as big now. It was so swollen before and I looked so pregnant. There is a difference now but what I notice the most is not having to struggle to breathe. Do you notice how tight it is to breathe? Just imagine when that goes away. It is great!

Take care, Kathy

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