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Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst? Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst?

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Unread 04-06-2006, 09:33 AM
Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst?

You ladies are so right. Shame on any doctor who treats a patient that way. Really. She must be terribly insecure or been having a really rotten day. Even so, there is no excuse for any doctor to speak to you in such a disrespectful way.
Move on to the new one and hopefully he will be able to answer your questions.
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Unread 04-06-2006, 09:38 AM
Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst?

International1: Ask and ask and ask all the question you want. If a dr is proud of his work and self assured they will gladly answer your questions and complaints. Sounds like the dr lady needs some practice. You should be happy your not the one she is practicing on. LOL Good luck with the new guy!
Unread 04-06-2006, 06:52 PM
Thank you

Thanks so much to all you lovely, caring ladies. I think (this is not an exaggeration!) that you might have saved my sanity until I finally saw the new doctor today. I was terrified of offending him as I appaprently offended the other, young female doctor, and was wondering if I should just shut my mouth and go about my business. Yes, I was that unhappy and scared!

Anyway, the new doctor is wonderful. He's mature, experienced, concerned, and not afraid to answer questions.

He said that since there's still a chance my cyst might be cancerous, I should be operated on by a gynecological oncologist. He's sending me to San Antonio, to the Health Science Center. The physicians at that place are among the best in the nation, so I feel more blessed than I can say.

Just as an addendum, the first doctor told me that my health plan did NOT cover being sent to San Antonio. In other words, according to her, either she was my surgeon or else I could crawl under a rock and die.

My new doctor doesn't think my condition is malignant, but, like he says, one never knows. In the case that it is nasty, someone who knows how to deal with all eventualities should be the person in charge.

I couldn't agree more! I am so relieved, and so hopeful tonight. Maybe things will be OK after all. Even if I do have cancer, it's probably at a stage where it can be taken care of. I think Someone up there does love me.

Thanks to all!
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Unread 04-06-2006, 10:03 PM
Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst?

Annette, I am happy that you found some satisfaction today. It is hard to stand up for yourself when you feel intimidated. It sounds like you found a true physician. One who puts his ego aside for the good of the patient. He is sending you where you can best be treated and that is wonderful. I hope and pray that your cyst isn't cancerous and all goes well with you and your upcoming surgery. Not only does someone up there love you, I bet alot of people down here love you too!! Don't ever give up hope. Please keep me posted as I will be thinking of you. This site is a wonderful place. I just joined and have already been helped by others. but the best part is I feel like I was able to help you a little. Good luck.
Unread 04-07-2006, 03:06 AM
Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst?


I totally agree w/what everyone has posted here. And after reading your last post, what I have to say is:

Good luck and keep us posted.

I can't believe that first Dr you saw. UNBELIEVABLE
Unread 04-07-2006, 03:05 PM
Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst?

That sounds like the right answer to me Annette (referral to the GYN/ONC). I had a similar situation (I'm 52, postmenopausal, complex cyst)....you need to be able to consider all the available information before you can make your decision. Anyone who doesn't realize that doesn't deserve to be your Dr. Good luck!! Let us know how it goes.....
Unread 04-07-2006, 08:32 PM
Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst?

I agree with what our other hystersisters have said here. Our doctors work for us. At the end of the day, our bodies are our responsibility and we get to ask our doctors ALL THE QUESTIONS WE NEED TO. A good doctor will say get as many opinions as you need. I am so glad that you found a doctor that you are more comfortable with. Always ask those questions! And if you are unsure... I vote for finding another doctor... quick, fast and in a hurry... we are talking about YOUR health and YOUR body here.

Good luck everyone!
Unread 04-08-2006, 01:34 AM
Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst?

Annette, I am so glad you finally got an appropriate response to your concerns! A note on the insurance issues. Not all networks include GYN-oncologists, but your GYN (obviously this current one) can request an out-of-network authorization for the consultation in San Antonio -- if in fact it is needed.

I would also recommend that you write a letter to the insurer's patient ombudsman about the behavior and mis-information of the first GYN you saw. Insurers are interested in the behavior of their contractors, as they have some liability should the doctor provide you with incorrect information about your rights or the availability of care to you. And, frankly, they do care about customer relations, at least to some degree. It does not help their reputation to have one of their providers speaking to patients like that. In over thirty years of being a healthcare provider myself, I have certainly worked with my share of "doctors with attitude." Sometimes this sort of attitude and behavior are s indicating a personality problem or even something more serious. In any event, I am so glad that you are getting care from someone who understands what your needs are, and it sounds like he would go to bat for you should there be any issues with your insurance about this consultation.

I certainly pray that this cyst is a benign one, but still better to get that "alien" out...using a surgeon who specialises in cancer surgery just in case!

Big s,

Unread 04-08-2006, 04:25 PM
Thanks for support and reinforcement!

I've been amazed at the caring and support I've gotten on this forum! I am touched that perfect strangers would reach out in this way to comfort and bolster someone. Thanks to all.

My physician here did refer me to a gynecological oncologist in San Antonio, and faxed all my info and records to his office on Friday. They told me to call to set up an appointment. When I did, I was told the earliest date for new patients is May 5th. I explained that I don't think I can wait that long, and asked if I could be squeezed in fairly soon. The receptionist said the doctor was in on Friday, and that she would take my dossier over directly for him to look at so he could decide whether or not to overbook for my sake.

The office never did get back to me, so I still don't know what's going on. I guess I got caught in the Friday afternoon syndrome of a place with tons of patients and overworked staff. If I don't hear by10:00 AM on Monday, I'll call again. If they can't schedule me until May, I'll have to throw myself on the mercy of the physician here who referred me to the oncologist.

Any thoughts?

Again, thanks to all. Hope everyone's having a wonderful spring weekend!
Unread 04-08-2006, 05:30 PM
Hysterectomy for benign ovarian cyst?


May 5? I had to wait 5 weeks to get a different doctor when I was seeking a second appointment. Why not keep the May 5 appointment and consult the doctor that you saw last. You may be surprised about when a surgry date can be booked. --And it is possible that the gyn oncologist could get you in earlier even if you have to wait until May 5.

I was pushed into surgery because I had ovarian cysts. I was told by the first doc that they could be cancerous, so I should have them out. Then I asked what the chance was and she said 5%. I had no intention of having them out for a 5% chance. I told her that I would think about it and was given dates she was available. I did some research, and went back to her (It took 5 weeks to get another appointmen). She went ballistic. She told me that there was no way that she could tell me what my chances were, and then she went into protection mode saying, "I'm telling you that if you don't have this opperation you will be in significant risk of your life." Then she told me to get a second opinion. That is what I did. It took 5 weeks even telling them that I could have cancer. My new doctor said that it probably wasn't cancerous, and told me a lot more about other stuff that was going on in my body. Stuff that the other doctor didn't know or didn't think I should know about. Then my parents told me that my grandmother died of ovarian cancer. I weighed out the two doctors and went with the one who told me more, and got scheduled as soon as he had an opening.

I wish that I would have been scheduled for an gyn oncologist from the very beginning. My doctor did all that I asked of him. He even took the cysts out of one ovary so that it could remain. However, I kept asking for the lab reports when the doctors would check on me in the hospital. Three days after my surgery I was told that I had borderline cells in both ovaries, and I would have to talk to my doctor about having the other removed! I was sent home to recover and given an appointment with an gyn oncologist. (That took only 3 weeks. ) In that three weeks I researched and slept my life away. I learned about staging, which I didn't have done. I learned names of things that were cancerous, borderline, and benign. I saw pictures of slides--and they all looked alike. I fretted about reading my surgery report and hearing that liquid from the removed ovary leaked into my abdomen. When I went to the oncologist I was told I would have the ca125 test and be ct scanned every 3 - 6 months unless my ovary were removed, but I didn't need to have it out. I was told that it only increased my chance of having a borderline turmor again by 3% by leaving it in. I was told that since it was found Icould now be found to have a borderline tumor anywhere in my abdominal cavity for the rest of my life. So three months went by. I had my ca125 test and ct scan, and an appointment. Then ther real shock came. The oncologist sent my slides to a specialist at the university, and all of it was for nothing! Apparently I was misdiagnosed and it was clearly atypical endometriosis!

Now, how does this apply to you? If my surgeon had been a gyn oncologist 1.) he would have known what he was looking at 2.) If I needed staging it would have been done 3.) I would have had my slides sent right away to the specialist and not have had to wait 4 months to find out that I have atypical endometriosis.

Am I mad at my doctor? No, I really like my doctor. In fact I intend to continue to see him until he retires. He is that good of a doctor, but he is not an oncologist.

My oncologist told me that he could remove my remaining ovary, or I should take something to prevent this form of endometriosis from reoccurring, because it is a serious form. If I ever do have it removed he will be the one to do it. That way if cysts are found again I will have a better chance. And if I do nothing the cysts are likely to reoccur.

I pray the best for you in whatever you choose.

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