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Unread 08-30-2007, 04:45 PM
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Hi Sisters,

I have set my surgery date for 9.10.07.

I am having a LAVH and keeping 1 ovary.
I have a bicornute uterus and have had abnormal uterine bleeding since Feb '07. I have much scar tissue from my 4 previous operations. I had a laparoscopy, pelviscopy w/ adhesions removal, an emergency c-section, and a tubel.
Out of all my previous surgeries the worst was the tubel. It was a tremendously painful experience for months to follow. Since that surgery my periods have always been "different", but not to the extent they became in Feb of this year.
I have had my options explained to my by 3 different doctors. I feel this choice will be best for me long-term and that my surgeon is going to take good care of me in the OR.
My problem now is that I am a smoker. ( )
When I had my tubes tied I stopped smoking everything 16 days prior to my surgery, don't remember their being a huge melt down about it. Well My surgery is in 18 days and I can not stop smoking. I made it through yesterday, didn't behead anyone but carried my ax all day. ( ) So today I make it to about 2pm and because I usually smoke in my car the 40 minute ride to my Mom's house wore me down. I was so crabby, edgy and tense. Truly irritable. So my husband gave me a smoke and since I have been better but still stressed about the upcoming months and of course, the surgery. So I called my doctor before actually smoking the **** thing and they said that the "sooner the better, due to the anestishia and stress the body endures during any surgery." However she did say that "to just go cold-turkey during such an uncertain time is not the way to go and that I should wean myself by Monday (1 week before my surgery)".

Now not to take much more of your time but has anyone out the been a recreational smoker and had the same concern or experience? I can't see why it's seems so hard this time around. I have never been a full-time smoker, just during times of stress, depression and partying.

Medically I am by far not "Textbook". My OB/GYN even said that he would not recommend this surgery to someone of such a young age however, due to my extensive pelvic problem, etc that is seems as though it is a sensible option. He also said the surgery is going to take a bit longer than "textbook" due to the scar tissue, etc. and also that he is going to try a liquid inside after that helps reduce scar tissue? Has anyone else heard of this? I did a Google search and all I turned up was something called "Mylex"? Well I have asked enough for now. Thanks to all who respond.

If I quit one week ahead of my surgery date then will I be safe in the OR in those regards?
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Unread 08-31-2007, 08:39 AM
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Big S

I'm not a smoker but my DD was. She quit a few times for various reasons and always started again. She finally quit again about 6 months ago with the help of anti-smoking meds. I don't remember the name but maybe you could call and ask your dr if something like that's an option for you? Even if you can't stop completely, I think that any cutting back should be a benefit.

Best wishes.


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