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Unread 12-25-2004, 03:04 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed

This happend to me - cervix was supposed to be removed, but a part was missed. How is something like this usually corrected? I am asking, because it causes spotting problems each time I would normally have my period (still have one ovary)
Thank you for your input!
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Unread 12-25-2004, 03:27 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed

Hi Popel,

So sorry you are havning to deal with this. The only thing I know is that you can have the lining of the cervix cauterized. I have heard of women keeping the cervix and having this done to the entire area. I hope something simple like this can be done to help you. Have you talked to your dr about it yet?

s, Rita
Unread 12-25-2004, 03:54 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed

Yes, I have talked to the doctor who performed the surgery. It's somewhat of a sore subject with me because he kept insisting that everything looked normal after the surgery, despite the problems I kept having. Another doctor finally confirmed my suspiciouns and said that it should have been visible to the other doctor even without it bleeding....I have since been trying to get independent feedback for that reason.
Will I need to rest a few days after it has been cauterized or is there no recouperation involved?
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Unread 12-25-2004, 04:23 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed


I believe it's an office procedure normally. You may be unfomfortable for a day or so. I never had my cervix cauterized, so I can't tell you for sure, I hope someone will be along who had personal experience.

Best wishes.
Unread 12-25-2004, 05:46 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed

Thank you very much. It's been quite frustrating to not get the support from the dr as expected, so I reallu appreciate your feedback here....:-)
Unread 12-25-2004, 08:08 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed

Hi, Popel...

I had an LSH a few months ago. My cervix was cauterized during surgery, but I'm getting the mini-period, and unfornately it's not too mini--light, but the last one was 12 days long.

I fired doc who did surgery and saw a new doc one week ago. She found a blood clot right on the opening of my cervix and said that leftover endometrial tissue was actually prolapsing through!

Anyway, she did do a silver nitrate treatment. It's too early to tell if it worked or not. Wasn't very painful as it was happening, but I had some pretty heavy cramping and bleeding for a few days (she had to poke the clot). I'm still cramping a bit.

From what I understand, silver nitrate is a form of cauterizing. I'd never heard this before. Procedure is quick and I had no restrictions afterwards. In fact the doc I went to was 60 miles away and I had to drive myself back home and pick up my kids to bring them to a birthday party. I did make my husband take over as soon as he got home, because I was tired and uncomfortable.

The doc said that we may have to remove my cervix altogether--was a bad idea to keep it the first place as I'd had carcinoma in situ just the year before. And with *so* much endometrial tissue left...grrrrr...

If we *do* remove the cervix, she said it could be done out patient! She would do it vaginally. We didn't talk recovery because we didn't get that far.

So...I *do* think it would be possible to remove and/or cauterize that bit of cervix you have left. If it's cauterized--and a year before my hyst I had out patient surgery on my cervix to slice off the cancerous layer (about 1/3" thick) and it was cauterized afterward-- you won't be laid up or anything. Just uncomfortable, some discharge and possibly no sex for a couple of weeks. I'm the kind of person who likes to take the rest of the afternoon off if I've had a cavity drilled--a bit of a whimp. But the nurse who was there during my LEEP (excision of cancerous cells) said that she had it done during a break and then right back to work.

I hope this helps. I'm sorry you are going through this and that your first doc was a jerk about it. I can *certainly* relate!

Good luck.

Unread 12-25-2004, 08:15 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed

OMG, mine is nothing compared to your doctor's screw up. How awful!! Thank you very mcuh for the input and I wish you a quick and complete recovery!

Unread 12-25-2004, 08:22 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed

In addition to the silver nitrate cauterization already mentioned here, there is another procedure available. I can't recall the name of it, but it involves "scraping" of the vaginal walls near the cervix area and re-stitching the cuff, (actually forming a new cuff). This is *not* an in-office procedure. If there is a substantial amount of cervix tissue remaining, this *may* be an option for you.

My mentioned it at one of my post-op appointments when I was "balking" at having to come back for annual PAPs. I asked *why* a PAP would be needed if the cervix was removed (?) He said there is no magical, visible line which differentiates the cervix and therefore, there is no guarantee that all the cervix cells are removed in a total hyst. He went on to say that the only guarantee is to scrape the vaginal walls and re-sew the cuff well below, (several millimeters), where the cervix would normally be. The good news is that it virtually guarantees the entire cervix is gone, but the bad news is that it shortens the vagina fairly considerably. Needless to say, I opted *against* this procedure and gladly agreed to return for annual PAPs

I hope everything goes well for you. I know you're probably quite frustrated. Hang in there and let us know what you find out.

Unread 12-25-2004, 09:09 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed

Thank you very much it all helps and I want a different doctor to do the procedure...:-)
Unread 12-25-2004, 09:33 PM
Abdominal Surgery - parts of cervix missed

Hi Popel,
I too get mini periods, and i dont mind mine yet!! Three days of spotting, and NO PAIN!! So I will live with mine. DH on the other hand is a little put out, seeing as I had this surgery, in his mind, completely to get rid of my periods!!


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