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Unread 02-22-2005, 06:01 AM
Oophorectomy after Hysterectomy

I am back. I had a hysterectomy back in April 2003 due to endometriosis. My surgeon at the time felt the risk of keeping my ovaries and avoiding surgical menopause was worth the reward. I was 40 at the time. I started feeling those familiar pain 10 months after surgery. They started mild but have increased such that I am even more dibilitated than before the hyst. Just had ultrasound and a 1.5 inch nodule of endometrioma was found on my right ovary.

I am assuming that at least the right ovary will have to come out and since endo feeds estrogen and I am back with full blown endo just under 2 years after hyst - I am prepared for the surgeon to suggest both ovaries be removed.

I am not scared of the surgery itself but am absolutely petrified of the effect of lack of estrogen. There are a multitude of other health issues that arise without estrogen. I really do not know if I can take another reduction in my cognitive though process

Any advice of shared experiences (good and bad) would be appreciated. Does anybody know the recovery time for just the oophorectomy? I hope that this can be laprascopically and that the surgeon does not need to go abdominally (to do a more thorough check for endo).
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Unread 02-22-2005, 06:20 AM
Oophorectomy after Hysterectomy

I have had my ovaries removed. (TAH) I can't tell you the recovery time. I did have a laprascopic surgery done for my gall bladder and recovery was rather easy from what I remember. Nothing like being cut.
Anyway, with my TAH I expereinced the whole nine yards, sweatting up a storm at night, loss of libido () and hot flashes.
My first doctor put me on the highest dose of unopposed estrogen possible. That helped for the first few weeks, but I didn't like being on such a high dose. Eventually I quit taking the Premarin and went to using black cohosh 40 mg. Nothing else added. At first I thought it wasn't working ... found out later that it was when I had to stop taking it for my last surgery. Last week my new doctor put me on a patch. It's called Climara and is made especially for women who don't have ovaries. It's doseage is 0.0375 mg/day. It's a once a week patch. I put mine on last Friday and believe me, it has done wonders. I have noticed a change in attitude, and in the night sewats and such, and this is only after a few days of using it. I like the fact that it is low dose, and I only have to put a patch on once a week. And it does stay on in a shower!! (I haven't been released to bathe yet, I'm only 1.5 weeks or so post op)
They have a web site www.clearyclimara.com if you would like more information.
Good Luck,
Unread 02-22-2005, 05:55 PM
Oophorectomy after Hysterectomy


I had my LAVH 3 years ago - I kept both ovaries at that time.

I had my right ovary and adhesions removed 7 months ago; my left ovary was wrapped in mesh and is still working good - the surgery was done laparoscopically - the recovery was about 3- 4 weeks.

I had another laparoscopic surgery last week to remove more adhesions and a tumor in my right pelvic region - the doctor also put in some mesh barriers to help prevent further adheisons. I am expecting this recovery to be about 3-4 weeks also.

I still have my left ovary so I do not have any hormonal changes. You may want to visit the Hormone Jungle for information about hormone issues so you can be better prepared in case you have both ovaries removed.

Keep us posted on how you are doing.

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Unread 02-22-2005, 07:40 PM
Oophorectomy after Hysterectomy

I had my ovaries removed 12/16/04... Do to PCOS & ENDO they could not remove mine by lap because they were to big. I ended up with about a 5 1/2 inch incision. I was in the hospital for a little over 24 hours & was relased to return back to work at 6 1/2 weeks post. I went back part time & still am on part time status do to problems with my incision. It is still open about 1.5 inches.

As fare as homrones go, I have not had to much of a problem. I did have some pretty bad night sweats for the first month & long with some head aches, but my GYN upped my Premprin & it has helped.

Once my incision has healed My GP has stated he wants to talk about homrones with me since my GYN & I never did get to have much of a talk about them.

Good luck!
Unread 02-23-2005, 08:13 AM
Oophorectomy after Hysterectomy


I had my ovaries removed at later dates than my radical hyst. all through vertical incisions in my belly. A lap. procedure typically has a little bit less of a healing and recovering time (a few weeks at the most).

I'm 33 and am in surgical menopause (for 12 days now). So far, everything has been fine. I've had a few night sweats, but nothing drastic. Everyone seems to react very differently than others when it comes to menopause. The best advice I could give is to be as open-minded as you can about it and do as much reading as you can.

Take it easy and be well.

Unread 02-23-2005, 09:43 AM
Oophorectomy after Hysterectomy

Hi there I had a hyst bec of endo and adeno in Jan 2004

and iin sept I had the bSO

If you could browse through my journal under the journals section I have documented my own exoperience and others day to day things as well .

Hit view all entries

I hope that will be of some help . My major post BSO problems have been fatigue and heat intolerance . That and muscle stiffness



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