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placenta increta anyone? placenta increta anyone?

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Unread 02-11-2008, 05:40 PM
placenta increta anyone?

When I was going in for my LAVH, or even after having a D&C 3 days before having my LAVH, my dr told me that I had a fibroid in my uterus, the size of a grapefruit, and it needed to come out. The options that I was given, she said all could ultimately end up in me needing a hysterectomy anyway, so the hysterectomy was what I chose, so I wouldn't have to worry about possibly needing one later on - I just wanted to get it all over with at once, especially since this was all ongoing since the birth of my dd, for 6 weeks.

When I went to the dr because I was leaking urine after my surgery, and found out it was a fistula, she told me that she got a call from pathology - it wasn't a fibroid in my uterus, it was in fact a piece of placenta. She said that after I gave birth, her and another dr, both examined my placenta to make sure it was all there, because I hemorrhaged afterwards, and it appeared to be all there. So I guess somehow, I had a second placenta in there, how, I have no idea. She told me that the name of this was called placenta increta, and told me that it is when the placenta imbeds itself into the uterus, and sometimes goes even further to go through the uterus and start to grow into other organs. So I'm lucky it wasn't that bad, but still.

I guess I never really understood what it was until I just started looking it up online. I still don't totally understand it - again, how it got there, etc. I guess I'm really lucky that it wasn't that placenta that my baby was attached to, as that could've caused problems for her. Is it possible that I was pregnant with twins but lost one? Or that I was pregnant prior to the pregnancy of my last dd, but lost it, and the placenta just stayed there? I have had pretty heavy and painful AFs due to endometriosis, so would I even know? I don't understand how this wasn't found after I gave birth and hemorrhaged - was someone not doing their job? From what I read online, with placenta increta, they normally would deliver you via c-section, and then do a hysterectomy right away. I had my dd vaginally. I think that if I had her via c-section, and then had a hysterectomy right away, some of the trouble I'm going through now might have been avoided.

So if anyone has dealt with placenta increta, could you please share your experience with me.
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