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LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors? LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

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Unread 04-08-2007, 08:44 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

Just wondering from those of you who have had an LSH how it went...recovery, ect.

Did most of you choose which type of surgical procedure to have or did it depend on what was going on with you and the DR decided?

I am opting for the LSH, I have fibroids a few small ones and one the size of a baseball.

Thanks,
Ready in Michigan YESTERDAY but need to wait till end of May!
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Unread 04-08-2007, 09:05 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

When I finally made the decision to have the hysterectomy to treat endo instead of the medicines, I called the gyn's office. They took a message. When he called me back he told me that he was going to do the LSH.

The surgery itself went great. I didn't even have to stay in the hospital overnight. I was released from the hospital by 9:00 that same night.

My recovery was good too. I was released to do all normal activities after 10 days. I still moved slower for a few more weeks. But LSH is definitely the way to go if you can.
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Unread 04-08-2007, 09:35 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

i think it should be the doctor who makes the recommendation; he/she knows best as it's his/her expertise, and will be the one doing the surgery. if there are options, those should be presented to you with pros and cons. and then you should be able to come to an informed decision. for me, there was no choice; i had a tah and circumstances did not allow any other way.
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Unread 04-08-2007, 09:43 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

I agree with the fact that the dr would deteremine what is the best way to go. My original course was to do a laparcopic procedure and if he could not do it that way then he have to do a laparotomy (spelling) The dr said if he was going to do that the he might as well do a TAH because os fibroids and other issues. Original cause for any surgery was a 9.3 cm ovarian cyst. The dr did deteremine the cyst was to large and the uterus was to large and it had to be done by a TAH. I was more concerned about where he was doing the iniscion up and down or bikini. He went up and down but kept it as short as possible. Looks good and I am still having some belly pain almost 6 months later and I am not sure of what that is yet. Going to check in with the dr in another month to see.
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Unread 04-09-2007, 04:51 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

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Originally Posted by sherbears6
Just wondering from those of you who have had an LSH how it went...recovery, ect.

Did most of you choose which type of surgical procedure to have or did it depend on what was going on with you and the DR decided?

I am opting for the LSH, I have fibroids a few small ones and one the size of a baseball.

Thanks,
Ready in Michigan YESTERDAY but need to wait till end of May!
It is your body, don't forget that. Dr.s don't know it all, even though some act as if they do. Do as much research as you can and get 2nd and 3rd opinions. If they don't give you more than one option I'd keep searching. There is more than one way to deal with fibroids (even big ones). You are the one that will live with the decision and it is yours to make. I did a lot of praying too.
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Unread 04-09-2007, 05:32 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

Thanks to the info here, I asked my gyn surgeon if it was going to be a laporoscopic procedure. He said he didn't ues that method himself, but would gladly refer me to a couple of other people who do, if that was the right procedure for my case.

I have an intra-mural (within the wall of the uterus) fibroid, and it is the size of a football. My gyn's exact word.

I could ask for the referrals and get a 2nd opinion...but from what I know about my own case, a TAH makes the most sense to me. A Lap gives small incisions, a bikini cut is low on the abdomen.

Easier and cleaner, I think, for me to have the TAH. I think the LAP would take longer for me - and the TAH would allow them to literally keep an eye on the two places where the fibroid is hitting.

Yours are smaller, as you said, and you have the option. It really depends on the individual case.
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Unread 04-09-2007, 05:36 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

Hi Ladies!

I appreciate your opinions and info, thanks!

I guess I asked the question about the LSH because for one that is what my OB suggested at my first appt. I also asked because it seems that there are not alot of women who have had the LSH that post in here. I have read mostly TAH posts from all of you. It makes me wonder if I will also end up having TAH.

My large fibroid is 5.2 cm, along with a few other small ones. The OB said my ovaries look great. I asked if she could see any endo, but she said she wouldn't be able to tell until she got in there and looked around.

I would really like to hear from any other women that had LSH with fibroids and what their experience has been with the surgery. It sounds like the Castle time is shorter, and recovery a little quicker???

I understand the DR is the one who performs the surgery, but I also understand I am the one who lives with the aftermath! LOL I would really like to stick with the LSH. Did any of you start out LSH, then end up with something more evasive?

Waiting in Michigan
Shers
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Unread 04-09-2007, 05:40 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

i did a lot of research and knew i wanted an lsh. it was the easiest recovery from surgery i've ever had. and i'm very happy i was able to keep my ovaries and cervix. you can approach a dr thats qualified to do it..he will let you know if its possible or not. i had to travel two hours for my surgery. good luck
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Unread 04-09-2007, 06:49 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

I just got on the computer to ask a question very similar to yours! I, too, have fibroids, the largest being about 5 cm and multiple smaller ones. My gyn doesn't do lsh, so I'm scheduled for a SAH on June 4. HOWEVER, I do have an appt. with a specialist, who does nothing but LSH when possible, to get his opinion on my situation. I'd prefer the recovery time of the lsh, but realize that if my uterus is too big, than SAH it is. (My uterus is about a 14 week size.)

Sorry that's not much help, but know that you're not alone w/ your questions!

Best of luck to you,
gigimay
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Unread 04-09-2007, 07:20 PM
LSH?? Do we choose or do the doctors?

Hi Shebears2,

I too had a LSH. I am still very pleased with my surgery results - even 3 yrs. post-op.

I agree with the ladies that say that a Dr. *suggests* the type of surgery to be performed. That being said...I think a Dr's opinion on what type of hyst can come down to what *training* the Dr. has had. Laparoscopic hysts require additional medical education. In the end, Drs give us options and *we* make the final decision.

Mary
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