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Unread 01-03-2007, 10:37 AM
Laparoscopic Supra-Cervical Hysterectomy

What a wonderful website!

I am scheduled for a laparascopic supra-cervical hysterectomy and salpingo oopherectomy on 1/25/07.

My ob-gyn assures me that this procedure is right for me, although I am afraid I will awaken from it and find I have had a conventional hysterectomy. I have a very large fibroid (about the size of a Nerf football), but am told it can be removed this way.

Has anyone out there had a similar experience and was the procedure successful without having to resort to a large abdominal incision?

Thanks very much for any feedback.
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Unread 01-03-2007, 01:05 PM
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Welcome!
Our surgery is on the same day, and I am scheduled for the LSH too. I am just convinced that they will have to convert to an abdominal. No reason, really, just something that I "feel".
My doctor says that, I, too, am a great candidate for this surgery. We plan to keep both ovaries and cervix.

This is a great site, and you can find out so much. No question is silly, so just ask away!
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Unread 01-03-2007, 02:15 PM
Laparoscopic Supra-Cervical Hysterectomy

Thanks for writing back and for the welcome. Let me know what happens with your surgery. I sure do know what you mean about that "feeling." I am so worried that I am going to have a long recovery (because of the possibility of a change in plans mid-surgery), instead of the one I plan to have which is two weeks.

Our plan is to remove ovary, but not the cervix.

Okay here is my very stupid question: Because the cervix will still be intact, as well as one ovary, will the menstrual cycle still occur?
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Unread 01-03-2007, 09:20 PM
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If you keep your cervix and at least one ovary you can have "mini-periods." Not very many women do. I don't know the percentage I would tell you, but it seems like it's around 5%. I seem to be one of the few who can stilll crank out some blood, but it's almost laughable. It is the tiniest amount, and is over in 24 hours. A pantiliner easily handles it, and I probably wouldn't need that if it weren't for the gross factor. This bleeding is nothing like the wretched business of before, so I can handle it.

Try to think postively about your LSH. I was completely paranoid, but it worked out fine. Took twice as long as planned, but my surgeon stuck it out, and I'm very grateful. If he has to convert it won't be the worst thing in the world. In the long run you will be so much better, however he has to do it.

Good luck!
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Unread 01-04-2007, 07:56 AM
Laparoscopic Supra-Cervical Hysterectomy

I am with scout70 on this. I had LSH Oct24, I was worried it would not work out, but it did. I am also in that small % that has a "mini" period, It is totally nothing, and is over in a day. Best of luck to you!!! It is the best thing i have ever done!
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Unread 01-04-2007, 08:08 AM
Laparoscopic Supra-Cervical Hysterectomy

katzzpaw,

I had LSH and LSO on Dec 4th. I too was certain he would never be able to get my uterus out, but he did. I had a really large uterus, but he explained how they drill it down into little pieces and bring it out. It's such an amazing procedure. Hopefully it will all work out the way you hope!
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Unread 01-04-2007, 08:10 AM
3 weeks post op

I had this surgery and am so glad. I have to be careful about doing to much at this point. I f I do it feels like I have done to many sit ups- that type of muscle fatigue. No real swelly belly and the recovery has been great.

I was so worried pre op and I really had nothing to worry about. It was the best decision I have made. I was so tired and slept all the time from the pain. Now I am tired just from the surgery which is minimal.

I have 3 little incision- the biggest was 2 inches. Bled the first evening post op and minimal discharge on the 2nd evening and none since.
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Unread 01-04-2007, 08:14 AM
Laparoscopic Supra-Cervical Hysterectomy

Welcome! We're glad you're here! The LSH is the way to go if you can and if your dr. says you are a good candidate, then you are!!! Woo Hoo!!! And you know, worst case- if they did have to do it abdominally- you know they would only do it if absolutely necessary and keep you as safe as possible. So, go into it with a positive outlook and voice your concerns to your dr. If they know you are dead set on the LSH over the abdominal, they will take more time and do it if at all necessary!!! Good luck to you! The waiting is the hardest part! Keep coming here for support, encouragement and with any questions you have. There are lots of us out there that have had this surgery and will help you every step of the way!
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Unread 01-04-2007, 08:27 AM
Laparoscopic Supra-Cervical Hysterectomy

I too am now scheduled for Jan. 25th. I had previously been admitted on Dec. 14th but had some blood issues and was sent home. I have a basketball size plus two more sizable as they say fibroids. I not only could not have a vaginal hysterectomy but I have to also have to have a vertical incision in which my doctor has already told me will extend from my current scar from a previous tummy tuck to above my belly button. I am so bummed about the vertical thing and I totally understand your fear of waking up to something different than you had planned. I am trying to keep my ovaries and that is my fear that they will have to go. I just can't wait to have it behind me.
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Unread 01-04-2007, 09:45 AM
Laparoscopic Supra-Cervical Hysterectomy

I had LSH BSO but have only the very bottom of my cervix left on 12-28. Only 3 little incisions, smaller than than I thought at 1st after I changed the band-aids yesterday. Yes, band-aids !! This is differently the way to have surgery if you can. My uterus was tilted, enlarged, 2 fibroid 9 & 7 mm plus smaller ones. I was prepared to wake up and find a full incision, but didn't. My DR was great, only took 1 hr and 40 minutes when she originally thought it might be 2 - 2 1/2 hrs.

I haven't had an real pain, more discomfort and pressure from the gas. Have Vicodin, but didn't take any, took Aleve for the 1st few day, nothing for several days. BMs are back to normal, but still take a stool softner every morning and 2 GasX at night.

I don't have any restrictions, can drive, walking on my treadmill (slower that before surgery) and wearing tight jeans again. I've left the house everyday since coming home except New Years Eve day (tummy was bloated from that dang gas). Been shopping several to grocery and big boxx stores times and the walking helps and feel good. Fresh air too !

Check my other posts (or PM me), some are more detailed than others. I couldn't find a lot who had this surgery before I had mine so wanted to post often for the newbies who want more info on LSH. One posted that you don't hear much about LSH ladies on this site, because those having this type of surgery heal quickly and are busy with their new lives without the heavy gushing periods, making sure you have enough pads, always knowing where the bathrooms are, etc.

And remember, be armed with knowledge !! This is your body and don't agree to anything until you understand what is being done. And even if Aunt So & So had a hyster 20 years ago, yours won't be the same because of the major medical improvements over the years !
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