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Unread 12-17-2004, 09:27 AM
Parts of cervix left behind

I'm new here because nobody has been able to give me a satisfactory answer to my question. I finally opted to have a hysterectomy beginning of the year after having bleeding problems all my life, plus an ovarian cyst that would not go away. The surgery was done abdominally but problem is the surgeon missed a piece of the cervix (it was supposed to be completely removed). I only know because it causes spotting each time I would normally have my period (still have one ovary). What really bugs me is the fact that I had that surgeon look at it several times and each time he said he could not see anything that might be causing the problem, while another doctor found it and mentioned that it should have been pretty obvious to see, because it's different tissue....
My question is, how is something like this corrected so I would not have to worry about yearly paps anymore. I'm really just looking for some independant feedback so I'll know what I need to do.
Thank you for your feedback.
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Unread 12-17-2004, 09:33 AM
Parts of cervix left behind

Hi Popel,

I had my cervix cauterized during surgery to prevent a mini period.

I have heard of a cauterization procedure done as an outpatient in the Dr's office. I could suggest mentioning it to your Drs. On H.S., I have seen several SAH and LSH ladies who were not cauterized look into it.

I have a yearly pap smear with a cauterized cervix.

Best wishes,

Unread 12-17-2004, 09:51 AM
Parts of cervix left behind

Hi Popel,
You need to have a yearly pap with or without a cervix!! Sorry but it is true. My dcotor told me I did not need one either, but I am of the belief that it is vital to good health anyhow! It only takes one cervical cell to cause cancer.... Hugs to you!!
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Unread 12-17-2004, 11:42 AM
Parts of cervix left behind

My understanding is you need a pap with or without a cervix for two reasons: In cases where the cervix is removed, there are usually some remaining cerivical tissues left that should be checked and in cases where the cerivix is left in or removed, the pap will check for vaginal cancer. Vaginal cancer I understand is fairly rare but it does happen. I am 10 months post op and everytime I see the surgeon, he does a pap and I had my cervix removed.
Unread 12-17-2004, 01:09 PM
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Whether or not you have a cervix your doc might make you have a pap yearly, I know I still do.
Unread 12-17-2004, 06:30 PM
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I have been advised to still have yearly paps, just to check out things "down there". My OB/Gyn reminded me that vaginal cancer is still a remote possibility. And as I have cancer on both sides of my family, I will be taking up her advice just to be on the safe side.

Unread 12-17-2004, 07:14 PM
Parts of cervix left behind

Thank you for your concerns. I'm really not that worried about the pap tests, I'm more worried about the procedure to correct the problem with the leftover cervix tissue that still causes spotting.
How is it done and will the procedure lay me up for a few days?

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