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Unread 12-01-2007, 05:15 PM
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Mine was too large as well - was not a candidate for any ablation procedure because apparently mine was too wide for it to take as well...so it was abdominal hysterectomy to get me to stop my bleeding. I guess some things are too large to suck out other ways, unfortunately...I would much rather have had it out vaginally.
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Unread 12-01-2007, 08:42 PM
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My uterus was pretty large (15x10x7 cm.) but they can do vaginal and even lap surgeries on very large organs.... In my case, the deciding factors were more that a) I had never had a vaginal birth and b) the uterus was at a strange, retroverted angle.

Once they got in there, it was a very good thing they had not tried to do it vaginally, as they would have had to convert to an open incision anyway. My uterus and bladder were completely adhered to each other, necessitating an additional hour in the OR.

I guess the other "plus" is that I have great photos of my uterus. (If you have a strong stomach, click on "my photos" to see it.)
Unread 12-03-2007, 10:56 AM
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hey ellie..........glad you're not having too many probs........most of mine are related to the fact that i have a bunch of autoimmune problems, which slows healing down. also, some related to "doing too much"..........which seems to be the most common problem with all sisters, irrespective of which type of surgery was done, as ultimately, they all require the removal of a major organ, which is traumatic anyway, and then the innards have to "settle" around the gap. and the bigger the organ removed, the longer it takes the other stuff to learn its new positioning etc. anyway, that's how my gyno explained it to me. actually, my scar, is only a bit over 3" and is such a tiny thin little line, its hardly noticeable and looked good by 2 weeks. they gyno used invisible stitching, and plastic skin. my dh thought it very unimpressive, and was convinced it couldn't have caused that much pain ! ! yair, he was just joking ! ! and, actually, the incision area on my abdo really was not that painful, it was the pain inside that i found worse. bladder spasms etc. also, i didn't really have any bleeding, only a few spots the first few days, and then once when i got home from the castle, after i'd strained for a bowel movement. since then, i've been taking senna ! ! not going to risk that again ! ! i did have a bright yellow discharge at 3 weeks out, and some of the sisters said that it was the stitches dissolving, and that they have yellow colouring in them. when i told my gyno about it at my 6 wks check, she just laughed, and said that there is no yellow colouring, but, considered the yellow normal for stitches dissolving anyway?? whatever, i didn't worry about it thanks to the sisters. and yes, getting back to normal is a good thing, although, lots have varying ongoing problems, as seen on the forum. fingers crossed that you don't...........and always hoping........gee.
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Unread 12-03-2007, 02:33 PM
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Hi there I was originally booked in for a TVH but owing to adhesions my uterus was sticking to my bowel I had TAH. The gyn said my uterus would not 'pull down'. I am grateful that he made the decision to operate abdominally. He might have nicked my bowel causing further complications. He said that I would have done poorly post operatively if he had tried to continue vaginally. I have recovered well from TAH.
Unread 12-03-2007, 03:32 PM
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I had a TVH on 10/29/07. I had a grade II prolapse and a big nasty fibroid mess. I have had NO BLEEDING since the surgery, very little pain and, overall, a real quick recovery.

Saw doc at two weeks and she released me for pretty much everything EXCEPT anything in the vagina until the six week mark (definately NO SEX). I was back in the gym at week two and have been every day since.

Only issue for me now is a pesky yeast infection that just popped up--DARN!
Unread 12-03-2007, 04:02 PM
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I was scheduled for an LAVH but had to have a TAH due to a large uterus and several blood vessels. My Dr started out with the LAVH but had to change. I am happy that you are recovering quickly. I am doing pretty good. My main complaints are swelling and tiredness. I am very happy about the hysterectomy and am looking forward to not having all my pre-op problems!!

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