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Unread 04-23-2005, 09:33 PM
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I've seen the same OB/GYN for 25 years. He delivered both my children. He finally said "let's do this" ... and I now find myself doubting him! My cycles have been fairly regular, but the PMS is a killer. Two weeks of suffering, then the cycle. Dr. says uterus is equivalent to 12 to 14 weeks and I have fibroids. TAH is schedule for 5/3 and yesterday I called two female doctors to get second & third opinions! I'm actually seeing one the day before my surgery!! Suddenly not trusting and doubting my long-time doc. He offered no alternatives ... just said "it's time to take it out. I am terrified of the surgery. All these postings sound so awful. Is this normal? Looking for a way out of this!!
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Unread 04-23-2005, 09:52 PM
Panic mode

Go ahead and call your doctor and talk to him and tell him your reservations. Ask him if there are any alternatives (in his mind) and if he says no, ask him why the alternatives would not work: myomectomy, uterine fibroid embolization, hormones, ablation, etc.

Keep those other appointments and see those other doctors. There are alternatives and you're right to want to educate yourself and feel comfortable with the decision. It's your body.

A 12 week uterus sounds like you're still a candidate for myomectomy - and if you can't have that, at least you can consider a less invasive option like laproscopic supracervical hysterectomy.

You're right to get in here and find out more. It might be a very common surgery, but I'll wager that there are more than a few that could have been avoided with less invasive treatments. There are options and you should not be rushed into this unless your life is in jeopardy.

Take care and let us know how it goes.
Unread 04-24-2005, 12:48 AM
Panic mode

Hi Marvel17,

I think you are right to be concerned. This is not a matter of not trusting your doctor -- it is a matter of knowing within yourself that you are making the right decision for you.

Get a second opinion. If you're not comfortable with that, get a third opinion. This is an irreversable procedure so be sure it is the right one for you and that you are entirely comfortable with your decision before you land on an operating table.

I initially delayed setting a surgery date for three months so I could get an appointment with a gynecologist who specialized in treating fibroids. This doctor recommended alternative treatments whenever possible. It was only after he echoed the other opinions I had already received -- that a hysterectomy was my best treatment option -- that I went ahead and scheduled the surgery.

At almost eight-weeks post-op, I've been fortunate to have a very smooth recovery from surgery. Although I was very apprehensive about the surgery, I knew this was the best choice for me.

You'll know when you've made the right decision. If you choose a surgical option, you might be apprehensive about the process but you will know that you've made the best choice for you.

Best wishes for your future health.

Keep well,
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Unread 04-24-2005, 02:02 AM
Panic mode

I was originally scheduling surgery with my Doc of 23 years. But I was nervous and uncomfortable. Usually if something seems right I'm at peace with it and I wasn't. After giving it some deep thought I realized I was uncomfortable with his discomfort over doing surgery on someone with my health problems. They are not life threatening, but will take some skillful manuevering.

Without regret, I spoke with him, got a second opinion, changed to a doctor who reacted appropriately when presented with my medical conditions and changed to my normal and trusted hospital where all my regular specialist practice. Everything is falling into place and I haven't lost a minute's sleep since.

Always, always listen to the that little voice in your head.

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