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Unread 12-16-2003, 08:47 PM
Surgery Options for Severe Cervical Dysplasia

Wondering if anyone has had a TVH for severe dysplasia?

I was diagnosed with Severe Dysplasia and Dr. recommened TVH (remove uterus and cervix only). He also said I could go with coinization however that may not get everything and his first recommendation is the TVH. My leep procedure was not successful. Results showed that I still have abnormal cells.

I've been struggeling with what to do. I am scheduled for a second opinion next week. My concern with the hysterectomy is all the horror stories I have read about women who have had them done. I've been trying to stay away from the internet but find myself out there researching this constantly.

Any advice?
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Unread 12-17-2003, 12:32 AM
Surgery Options for Severe Cervical Dysplasia

Hi there!

I would ask for a referral to a GYN-oncologist. They are truly the experts in complex surgeries, cancer or pre-cancer issues. It's been proven that outcomes are better if any initial surgery is done by a specialist.

I'm glad you're getting the second opinion; I'm having a biopsy for something similar at the end of the month myself, (having kept my cervix at the time of hysterectomy) and know that I will face some questions regardless of the outcome.

Since cervical dysplasia is all-too-frequently associated with HPV, doing everything you can to strengthen your immune system does help to fight off the virus' effects. It's always a good idea anyway, particularly if you may be facing surgery.

I wish I could tell you that a hyst is "easy". I've known women (a good number of them!) who honestly feel that their health and quality of life are improved afterward. However, there are those who do have complications. There are a number of horror stories out there; I won't pretend that they don't happen, but again, here is where having a GYN-oncologist involved helps enormously. They have additional years in surgical training, and it may help keep your odds of complications down somewhat.

Hope your second opinion answers some more questions for you. Don't hesitate to get as many opinions as you need to help you come to a decision that you are comfortable with.



Audrey
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Unread 12-17-2003, 07:58 AM
Surgery Options for Severe Cervical Dysplasia

Dear Ursx5,

I agree w/Audrey.. it would be best to see an gyn oncologist.

Did you have your abnormal results followed up with a colpo? Have you had an endocervical biopsy? I ask this because bad Paps dont necessarily mean a cervical problem. This year my pap turned up an endometrial problem.

I went thru a leep for severe cervical dysplasia about 9 yrs ago and I'm happy to say that it worked out for me, but if it didn't, I would probably keep trying without going for major surgery.

I think that it is good for you to do research. I remember how grim my research was for a different situation. So.. I would like to recommend a browser that makes it easy to shut off graphics. If you click the WWW symbol to the left of my post, you will find a link to a very good free browser and some hopefully helpful tips on doing research even though my page is about endometrial cancer (which was reversed without surgery).

As of recent, I seem to be reading that cervical dysplasia may be linked to excessive estrogen.. such as my endometrial problem was.
I specifically understand that raspberries help in the fight againt cervical dysplasia.. the seeds contain ellagiac acid. I like to keep a frozen bagful on hand...best eaten on empty stomach.
I have grown a huge wariness of coffee and alcohol for their estrogenic effects.

Good luck to you.. hope to hear more from you..

Pat
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