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Unread 08-01-2004, 07:37 PM
ovarian cyst after partial hysterectomy and C section

Hello! I had my uterus and cervix removed two years ago due to constant hemorraging, and was very happy with results! I was 42 at the time and elected to keep my ovaries but right one was taken out due to adhesions. Now I have a large cyst on the left ovary (12x8 centimeters) and am scheduled for surgery in about a week. I'm hopeful about surgery - CA125 test came back with normal levels - but still much more apprehensive this time. I teach and it has been hard to concentrate!! This is third abdominal surgery - I had a C section 11 years ago. I really, really wish I had taken everything out two years ago, but wanted to avoid the whole hormone question. I guess I'm scared that I've been living a charmed life since last surgery and now this one will be a challenge! I visited this site many times before the last surgery but never registered. Now I seem to need more support.
Are cysts common after first surgery?
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Unread 08-01-2004, 09:20 PM
ovarian cyst after partial hysterectomy and C section

Hi Diane,
I responded to another post of yours in another section of the message board. But will do so again here..

I am right there with you on this whole having to go have a huge ovarian cyst removed in a week. (aug 9th)

I was 48 when I had hysterectomy and left ovaries. Now I too question my choice back then. (obviously, who wants to have two surgeries)

Somewhere I read recently, someone was saying <somewhat> in a matter of fact way that ovary issue are common when left behind after a hyster.
My friend just had a complete hyster 2 months ago, and her doctor pretty much told her the same type of thing. (but I can't recall the exact wording)

IF this is true, I sure do think Doctor's should inform patients about the "truth".. if in fact it is true.

xo Donna
Unread 08-02-2004, 10:29 AM
ovarian cyst after partial hysterectomy and C section

Hi ((((Donna)))) and ((((Diane)))) I'm so sorry that both of you are now facing oopherectomies

I had my hyst 3 1/2 years ago, at age 44. At that time, just as it was the case for many women in their 40's, I was given the choice of either keeping my ovaries or having them removed. Originally I had decided to get it all done and out of the way all at once. However, as the day to my hyst neared, and after reading and posting on this wonderful site, I started to question my decision. In the end, both my OB/GYN and I decided that he would leave the ovaries in, should he find them to be healthy. Thankfully, they were healthy and here I am, 3 1/2 years later and my ovaries are still functionning.

Like you, there have been times where I questionned my ultimate decision, especially on those days where I was dealing with intense PMS symptoms... or that time where I delt with a burst cyst <OUCH!!!>... and even those times where my ovaries were not fully doing their job and I was having peri-menopausal symptoms!!!

In the end, I'm really happy that I decided to keep my ovaries. You see, our ovaries provide us with natural protection against such things as heart disease and strokes. Once in menopause, our risks for heart attack, breast cancer and other such diseases dramatically increase!!! Sometimes, blood clotting factors may prevent us from taking HRT or, if taking HRT without knowing we have these conditions, our lives may be at stake!!! And, of course, once in menopause, there is always the risk of osteoporosis and other bone disease. Yes, HRT may help prevent or reduce some of these factors, but it's not the same as having our own hormones!!!

As far as the odds of having ovarian problems after a hyst, I've found that there is a lot of confusion as to what is the truth. Some claim that our ovaries are likely to fail within 2 years of a hyst, for others, that claim is that they will fail within 5 years of the hyst Others say that they will simply shut down during or after surgery. And there is always talk that the ovaries will become diseased after the hyst

So far, the most consistant information I've found is that we are likely to go into menopause as much as 5 years earlier than we would have without the hyst. As far as our ovaries become diseased is concerned, my doctor told me that it was unlikely that I would have problems in this area after the hyst if I didn't before the hyst. I think that it makes a whole lot of sense

All in all, I think that if your ovaries were healthy at the time of your hyst, that you made the right choice to keep them. Every additional year you got of your own hormones has meant additional years of well being!!!

Now, don't get me wrong: I understand perfectly how hard it must be to be facing a second surgery. That's something I'm not ready to do, even now. However, it is not because you made the wrong choice last time

Sending lots of ((((((hugs))))) to both of you and wishing you the best of luck with your upcoming surgeries.
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Unread 08-02-2004, 03:23 PM
ovarian cyst after partial hysterectomy and C section

I agree with ((Dany)), you both made the best decision that you could with the information you had at the time.

I still have my ovaries and am going to hang onto the girls as long as I can and hope they function for many years to come.

Interestingly enough, I did start having pain with ovulation after the hyst. I might have had it before, but I assumed it was endometriosis related rather than ovulation related. Besides I was in pain EVERY day before the hyst. So, I am much improved at this point.

Good luck to you both on successful surgeries and recoveries! Keep us posted.

Unread 08-02-2004, 03:44 PM
ovarian cyst after partial hysterectomy and C section

I agree with you both... we did make the best choice for us at the time. (don't mean to speak for Diane here)

The point I am pondering is... have you noticed just how many woman who've had hysters then have to have ovaries taken out at a later date? I never did, until I was faced with this newest "adventure" and did some searching on this site.

Just luck of the draw? Or could it be that there is some connection to having left them in place after hyster?
My doctor did strongly suggest I take mine out the time of surgery, it was I who wanted to keep them for a zillion valid reasons.
But I do recall my doctor saying.. "I'd hate to see you two years from now back here having to have them removed". And its been 2 years and 2 months since hysterectomy.

Maybe it is just a coincidence... and most probably is. But I sure do find it amazing how often it does seem to happen.

thanks for you kind words of support..
xo Donna
Unread 08-05-2004, 08:44 PM
ovarian cyst after partial hysterectomy and C section

Hi ((((Donna)))

I do think that having a hyst might have an unfortunate impact on our ovaries: My OB/GYN did explain that just the shock of the surgery itself is enough to send them on strike (mine were among the strikers!!!). Furthermore, he explained that, because of the altered blood supply to the ovaries and the absence of the uterus, our ovaries do have a harder time of it. I know that mine are still working... but it's not the same as before: in a way, it's much better, since I no longer feel the hormonal unbalance that was around, all the time, pre-op. However, I know that there are those months where I'm not getting the right amount of hormones: I'll have hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and dizzy spells. And there are those months where I'm having those very severe PMS symptoms.. and I never had those Pre-Op.

I have never looked at statistics as to the rate of oopherectomies post-hyst, but that would certainly be interesting to know
Unread 08-06-2004, 10:19 PM
ovarian cyst after partial hysterectomy and C section

I had hysterec in April 2002- Now on the 16th must go back in to remove ovaries due to large cyst also

I too wish I had gone ahead and had them taken THEN- They will be doing it abdominally also- that plus the hormone thing is what I dread

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