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Unread 02-04-2005, 12:40 AM
Ovary removal after Hyster?

I was wondering if anyone has had their ovaries removied after they had their Hyster.
I am 4yrs post Hyster, still having problems, nausea, vomiting, low right side back pain that can go to left side ,but usually Right side. This happens usually around the times I would have ovulated or started my period. Should I have had them take my ovaries??
I'm in the process of getting a new GYN. Does anyone know if It is a good idea to have ovaries removied if still same prob.4yrs after Hyster. Anyone else gone throught this? Love to hear about it.
Will they do it vaginal to just remove ovaries since everything else is gone? How much recovery time? Any suggestions!
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Unread 02-04-2005, 09:48 AM
Ovary removal after Hyster?

hi shireen, i am only 3 mos post hyster-have had sharp, excruciating pain on right side at 4 wks after my surgery9dr thought it was a stitch pulling) and again 2 weeks ago. i ended up in er, they did a vaginal ultrasound, and i have a huge fluid filled cyst on my right ovary! i go see my dr today--she is recommending i have my ovary removed--says it will probably continue to happen every time i ovulate--i'm not going to deal with that pain every other month! they say that the cysts will usually dissipate after ovultion is done, but will reoccur every ovulation on that side. some women don't even know that it happens, others have severe pain--i'm taking mine out! the only question is whether i have dr take both, so i don't have to worry about it happening in the other! not sure about using hormones after removal of both..ggod luck with yours-if they do need to be removed, they do it laparoscopically-thru belly button..stacey
Unread 02-04-2005, 12:47 PM
Ovary removal after Hyster?

Hi Shireen,

Although I'm not nearly as far along post-op as you I've wondered the same thing. I have pain on my left side that seems to be in the ovary area and radiates into my lower back. I had this same pain pre-op but DR had told me that my ovaries looked fine and strongly recommended me keeping them. I did and now I worry that perhaps I should of had the left one removed. It's so difficult to know what to do. My pain is less in intensity, but is still there and as before surgery seems to really flare up with any activity. I had a lap done in 2003 to check for endo, however, my DR did not see any. With the symptoms I have I wonder if perhaps there was any microscopic endo that he couldn't see??? From your post I see that you are an endo sufferer. Have you ever heard of this and heard of people finding out they have it AFTER a hyst???
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Unread 02-04-2005, 01:40 PM
Ovary removal after Hyster?

I am 26 I had my overies out 2 days shy of a year from my hyster. I had a VERY long hard slow recovery.(From the last surgery) For awhile I kept thinking what did I do to myself. I'm not suposed to do HRT for 6 months due to pre-cancer & endo. But at about 12 weeks the Dr. said enough and put me on the lowest dose of the Clamara patch and I feel like a new woman.I feel great. Finally!! Good luck. What ever you do stay on top of your own health care, and don't be like me and let some Dr. tell you you are fine when you know you're not. If my Dr. would have listened to me sooner I probally could have been better long ago.
Unread 02-04-2005, 03:35 PM
Ovary removal after Hyster?

I had my remaining ovary removed 3 weeks after my hyst due to adhesions. I had a TAH and he reopened that incision to remove the ovary and do the adhesion removal. More than likely it will be done by lap not vaginal--I don't think that they like to mess with the vaginal cuff as far as opening it for surgery. This is a decision that you have to make. Some people do fine for years and others don't. There is no way of knowing which way it will go for you.
Unread 02-05-2005, 08:34 AM
Ovary removal after Hyster?

If you are having new and/or continuing pain you should call your doctor.

I had my hysterectomy 3 year ago - I kept both ovaries at that time. I had lapraoscopic surgery to have my right ovary removed 7 months ago. I started having problems with cysts about two years after my hysterectomy - my doctor had been watching the cysts for any changes. They had gotten larger and turned from simple, fluid-filled cysts to complex, solid-mass cysts. The right ovary was adhered to the top of the vaginal cuff and covered with adhesions and cysts - it was removed. My left ovary had some fluid filled cysts that were drained and then the ovary was wrapped in mesh to protect it. I also had numerous adhesions removed.

For the past 3 months I have been having increased pain on my right side again - I am scheduled for more surgery in 10 days to have more adhesions removed and barriers put in. My doctor is also going to check the condition of the left ovary during surgery.

Please see your doctor - keep us posted on how you are doing.

Unread 02-05-2005, 11:57 AM
Ovary removal after Hyster?

It sounds like you do not have a very good rapport with your doc, especially if you perceive that she performed a major surgery on you just to shut you up, as you said. If you've already tried making an appointment with her, affording the two of you to sit down and thoroughly discuss your situation.....to no avail, then it might be a good idea to get yet another opinion from a new Gyn.

If you are having definite changes on a monthly pattern......even though not desired symptoms....as you describe, then it sounds like your ovaries are right on time. Your symptoms, I think, sound like endo acting up every month from ovarian cycling. Therefore, I think taking HRT would only complicate your situation! But...of course.....a doctor must be the one to get to the root of this.

Am so sorry to hear you're struggling this far out postop. I pray you find resolution. Take care..........s, Deb
Unread 02-05-2005, 01:02 PM
New Gyn

I have not been to my old GYN that did the Hyster for about 4yrs. I have had a couple of Physicals since then. She told me that the lab said I only had a minute amount of Endo found in the Uterus that shouldn't really be causing the pain, so it must be in my head. Real Pain is not in your head. I Had been with her for about a year prior to Hyster since she delivered my son.
I just had my hormone levels checked a few weeks ago. All levels came back normal they told me.
I have just started hot flashes about one month ago and am wondering if I am headed towards Menopause. My mother went through menopause at 36yrs old. I'm 37.

I also have heard that these are symptoms of painful ovulation and that with a Hyster but with ovaries you still ovulate. I am currently looking for a new GYN that I can get to listen to me and have been asking around. It has to be someone our med ins covers, so I am limited.

The only reason I had the surgery was she said that was the problem and it would take care of it. I am 4 1/2 yrs older and wiser and do some research before I just do something. I am sure it got the endo, but it's not to say it can spread and come back. We will have to have them check if they decide to do a Lap and check.
Unread 02-05-2005, 03:29 PM

I have been to tons of other Dr.'s over the past few years, that is why I haven't been to a GYN for so long. I kept being told it was all gastrointestinal and not female. I have run the gamet of everything coming out normal. I have had upper and lower GI's colonoscopies, ultrasounds blood work, stool tests er visits, and hospital stays with the same tests ct scans also and everything coming out normal. There were a few times that they did tell me an ovarian cysts prob burst.
I have had a couple of physicals since my old GYN told me I didn't ever have to have a pap again. I have also been told lately that I should still go in because Endo can spread after a hyster.

I know everypone is diff. so I am making an appt mon with a new one and see what happens from there.

I am so sorry you have had to go through all that!!! i can't imagine. I hope you find relief. If they go in I am for sure saying take both ovaries and my appendix to.

Write when you can.
Take care
Unread 02-06-2005, 01:58 PM
Ovary removal after Hyster?


Have you read the book "Endometriosis" by Mary Lou Balweg? I think you will find some validation in it. Women who have endometriosis often have GI symptons, too and a whole other host of issues. I checked a copy out from my local public library and read it, as was urged by my endo specialist.

First and foremost amount/severity of endo is not an indicator of pain! Shame on that gyn for not knowing better. Unfortunately some gyns just don't educate themselves on endo and its effects, that's why I recommend a specialist. Mine was out of town and still in my network. May take some hunting, but I'll bet you can find one that's on your insurance.

I had a TAH in 2002 and now my ovaries have gone haywire. I am on continuous BCPs to see if quieting down the ovaries (stopping ovulation) will help. Otherwise, its BSO for me with a total cleanout of endo (excison surgery using hydrodistention) and a colorectal surgeon will be most likely be on hand to determine if a section of bowel needs to be removed (due to adhesions recurring) or if just the adhesions and endo can be excised.

I'm 38. Sounds like we have a few things in common. Take care and let me know if I can help.


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