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Unread 02-20-2008, 08:28 AM
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I was just wondering a couple of things.

First, before my surgery my doc told be a TVH, and then that he was going to go ahead and put me under not just numbed, in case anything else ended having to be removed.
Well, one of my ovaries did have to removed, it was full of cysts and collapsed, so did he not have to cut me because that doesn't need to be done from being cut or because it was collapsed?

This may seem like a silly question, It just came to my mind yesterday, since the ovary that had all those cysts was removed, will now such start to just pick my other ovary to grow? I really don't like the thought of having to go back in for another surgery because this ovary was left.

And after my surgery my gyn/surg. told my family he left that ovary so that I would still have some estrogen in my system. Well when I saw my reg doc yesterday she said that since I have been through menopause for almost 4 years I wouldn't have any estrogen in me now.

Just a bit confused over that one.
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Unread 02-20-2008, 08:37 PM
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Even if you have gone through menopause, your remaining ovary can secrete trace amounts of hormones. If both ovaries had been removed you could have experienced surgical menopause due to the loss of this trace amount of hormones.

Hopefully the remaining ovary will be fine. If it has not had cysts in the past there is no reason for it to start having cysts now just because it is the only ovary. It was likely something specific with the other ovary that caused the cysts.

Does that make sense?

If you have any questions or do not understand what your doctor/doctors tell you, ask them to repeat what they have said and clarify issues for you. Different doctors in different fields will tend to give you information based on their area of study so it can get a bit confusing sometimes trying to get them all on the same page!

Sending best wishes to you for the remainder of your recovery! S
Unread 02-21-2008, 04:54 AM
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Thank you for the info, I did forget to mention that when I had the ultrasound on my ovaries with the first gyn I saw for my post menopause bleeding it showed that both of my ovaries were full of cysts, when my current gyn did my surgery he told my family that the other one was fine no cysts, I know they can disolve, if that is the right word, so since my other ovary has had many cysts before, does that mean that I am at a higher risk for so many cysts again and my remaining ovary collapseing like the other?

Thank You again
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Unread 02-24-2008, 11:04 PM
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I would guess that your doctor does not expect your remaining ovary to cause major issues or it would have been removed. More than likely by looking at the ovary during surgery your doctor was able to make an educated guess that keeping the ovary would be fine.

So here's hoping for the best for you and your remaining ovary!

Unread 02-25-2008, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by IdothebestIcan
Well, one of my ovaries did have to removed, it was full of cysts and collapsed, so did he not have to cut me because that doesn't need to be done from being cut or because it was collapsed?
Hi Not to worry... most times, they can remove the ovaries vaginally during a TVH; both of mine were removed that way. Occasionally, one or both ovaries may be exceptionally high up in the pelvis, and in that situation they might not be able to be removed without an additional incision, but that is relatively rare.

Best wishes for a smooth recovery!


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