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Unread 04-20-2004, 04:42 PM
Surgery Scheduled---Ovary Removal Questions

Needless to say I'm getting ready emotionally and physically for another surgery. This makes 3 within a 10 month period. Anyhow, I had a TAH December of 2003 and kept my ovaries. I've had nothing but pain on my right side since then. Both my gyn that did my hist and gyn/onc ( I don't have cancer, my ovary is wraped around my ureter and I need a really good surgeon) thinks it needs to come out.

I have pre-op appt May 6th and surgery is scheduled for May 10th. He is going to do laparotomy and take out the right ovary. One of my questions is what is the recovery like? He said there is a possibility that during the removal of my ovary that he "might" have to cut the ureter. I have so many questions and worries running through my mind now, I just need some input from my fellow sisters. Thanks, TechChick
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Unread 04-20-2004, 05:07 PM
Surgery Scheduled---Ovary Removal Questions

I'm sorry to hear that you're going to need more surgery. I hope that this one will have you on the way to feeling better.

I had a laprotomy many years ago. Mine was a full abdominal cut. Depending on the amount of work the doctor does I would think that you would have to be off work for 6-8 weeks. I was off 5 when I had my laprotomy, but the doc didn't remove any internal organs.

Good luck! Do keep us posted on how you're doing.
Unread 04-21-2004, 06:45 AM
Surgery Scheduled---Ovary Removal Questions

Hi ((TechChick)),
I'm sorry to of all you've been experiencing and now need additional surgery I had my right Ovary removed 12 weeks after my TAH. Mine was done via Lap with 3 small recovery was nowhere near that of my Hyst The pain was far less...
Pls discuss each of your concerns with your Dr before undergoing this surgery....exp concerning the risks of damaging your Ureter
Here is a link to our Resources Directory, it contains lots of good info concerning issues & complications that can occur Post-Hyst:

Pls know my thots & prayers will be with you that all goes well!! Good Luck with everything & pls keep us posted...(((hugs)))
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Unread 04-21-2004, 07:08 AM
My prayers

I hope that things go smoothly. I had to have my BSO done in FEB 04. hopefully he won't have to cut your ureter. if he can successfully do it without that complication it would make your healing process so much easier. But still a laporatomy is going to take a little longer than just a simple Lap. Good luck to you.
Take care and I will pray for you.....
Please ask your dr all your questions and concerns before surgery. That way your pain control can be handled completely.
Unread 04-21-2004, 03:01 PM
Surgery Scheduled---Ovary Removal Questions

Thank-You ladies for your replys. and advice I'm going to go armed with lots of questions at my pre-op. I'm going to start typing out questions as I think of them and take them to the appt.

I know in my heart that this is the best decision. I have tried alternative treatments(drug treatments to supress the ovaries). I just don't understand why the ovaries have to act up after a hyst (at least I get to keep my left one). It gets dishearting sometimes, but I have to keep my head up One thing that makes my mind at ease is that my gyn/onc is one of the best in the nation.

dabearzzz and SHERI, what was the reason you had your ovaries taken out?

Thanks again Ladies, you all are wonderful!!!!

Unread 04-21-2004, 07:10 PM
Reason for my BSO

I had a 6x 10 mass on my left ovary that was causing me alot of pain and my right one also had some pretty good size cysts on it. I did not want to go through Lupron again. So DH and I decided to go ahead and remove them... Good thing we did because upon entry the dr found major adhesions and several that were causing my intestines to be pulled from one side of my stomach to the other. i am still having difficulty from that.
So far I am not having any trouble with the hrt. Thank goodness.
Good luck in you decsion I know it is not an easy one.
Unread 04-23-2004, 06:38 AM
Surgery Scheduled---Ovary Removal Questions

dabearzzz and SHERI, what was the reason you had your ovaries taken out?
During the first several weeks following my Hyst, I kept experiencing this worsening right-sided pain. My Surgeon finally agree to do some testing, an Abdominal & Transvaginal U/S. They revealed a large mass atop my right Ovary. The Ovary itself was enlarged 2-3x's it's normal size & covered in multiple blood-filled cysts :O My Dr was concerned over the fast growing mass so suggested its removal immediately. We discussed the pains and he mentioned how Pre-Op, I had always complained of my right side causing me problems. Thinking it was the ongoing cause of my pains there he suggested its removal while he was in removing & determining the origin of the mass. I agreed....

The mass turned out to be Adhesions that had formed a large, dense mass I was soo relieved as I was soo concerned it was Cancer...

I do still have my left Ovary tho it was left nonfunctioning During one of my surgeries, it's blood-supply was altered. Shortly after I found out I was in Surgical Menopause, I was dx'd with a blood-clotting disorder that left me unable to take HRT < another battle I thot I had avoided but didn't *sigh* >

Good Luck ((TechChick)) Hopefully, this surgery will provide you with some much needed relief!! Pls keep us posted on how things are going


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