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Unread 05-24-2008, 08:18 AM
Da Vinci laparoscopic Hysterectomy

After 6 years of going to docs and them telling me I'm just starting menapause ( I am 48) I finaly found a doc who listened to me. Did blood work and I am not starting menapause. He ordered an ultrasound (which I had never had) I never expected this. I have fibroid tumors, and cysts on both ovaries. The pain is real I havent been faking it for years. My period which has lasted well over 6 years straight with only a few days off, is not menapause, my bladder problems are not just poor muscles. My severe constipation, and nasua is not just take a laxative! My back pain is not a dramatization!! which they have all been telling me for years. I have been scheduled for a Da vinci laparoscopic hysterectomy on July 10th. My doc. appt was only a week ago, so this has been an exhausting week. I havent met with the surgion yet, so I don't know much. My relief at not being a hypocondrac has been replaced with panic. I don't know much. I have 18 million questions, and so many yaa buts'. I feel like I am losing my womanhood. I used to say hay just take it all out! Now I'm freaking out. I know the news is new for me, yet I am still in the process of wrapping my brain around all of this new information. Does any one know what this surgery is about? How long do you stay in the hospital, how does everyone here prepair for this?
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Unread 05-24-2008, 08:41 AM
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Welcome, Thejo! ((((hugs)))) and deep breaths!

You have been through so much. I'm glad a doctor finally listened to you, ran some tests and is offering you some relief! What a blessing!

I know what you mean about worries about losing my womanhood, and having a gillion questions. The best thing I can offer right now is to read, scour, and absorbe this site! There are SOOOO many wonderful helpful women.

Start a list of questions. I started mine in a Word document. Every now and then, especially before a doctor's appointment, I'd rearrange the questions so they made some logical order.

AND I suggest you search for DaVinci posts. There is a LOT of information here about abdominal hysterectomies. The recovery time for those are longer and more complicated. *I* am having LAVH (laparoscopically assisted vaginal hyst) which is similar to DaVinci, but not as high tech as DV. I've decided to not read many of the posts that discuss recovery from abdominal incisions because they freaked me out. What I am saying is be careful what you read. And did I mention breathe? (I'm telling you because I'm telling myself, too!)

One more suggestion, keep posting! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Unread 05-24-2008, 09:11 AM
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I know where you are at.... I have also finally gotten some answers after years of symptoms went untreated and several doctors gave me the "relax, it's nothing to worry about" speech. Now that I have a better idea what's going on and the surgery is scheduled I find myself thinking "did I really want to know?" even though it is validating to finally find someone who really took me seriously.

I am also having the daVinci procedure, but they are going to decide about leaving/taking my ovaries during the surgery after they get a better picture of how it looks inside. One thing that helped me was reading more about the daVinci machine on their site (daVinci). It really has a much quicker recovery time.
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Unread 05-24-2008, 09:13 AM
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Hi TheJo,
I too am having the DaVinci on July 7th. From what I understand it has very quick recovery time. I watched a surgery on YouTube for the DaVinci. You don't have as many hands inside of you and not exposed to the operating room. I will be losing my uterus and cervix. My gyn is my surgeon and says it's the only way to go. He only started doing them about 4 months ago but praises it highly. At our hospital it is the same price as any hysterectomy even though it's more high tech so he isn't trying to sell me some "higher goods". I don't have my pre-op until the end of June but have found alot of information on this site.
Hardest part has been the waiting.
Good Luck!
Unread 05-24-2008, 02:03 PM
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I had a DaVinci laproscopic hsterectomy on March 17. The took the uterus, ovaries, tubes, cervix and 6 lymph nodes. Although I have no abdominal surgery to compare it to, I felt my healing was fairly easy. I did have a laproscopic appendectomy 15 months ago and the hysterectomy is definitely a much longer recovery time.

I had surgery Monday morning and went home Tuesday afternoon. Because the vicodin they gave me for pain constipated me terribly, I stopped it three days after surgery and was able to manage the pain with 800 mg ibuprofin.

I was released without restrictions two weeks after surgery. I immediately went back to my full -time desk job for half days. My biggest recommendation would be to do half days for the first three weeks, at least, if you are returning to a job outside the home.

I have had no complications at all although it took 8 weeks for me to have more good days than so-so days. But I have to admit that I probably take longer to heal because I am 57.

Also, be very careful when pre-certifying your surgery. I have PPO coverage through a major health insurance company and the hospital pre-certified me for an abdominal hysterectomy - which I did not know until after the surgery. The surgeon's bill has been denied on the basis that it was laproscopic instead of abdominal. I am appealing the decision but sure could do without this hassle!

The daVinci web site has lots of information. You are welcome to PM me if you have more questions. There are quite a few sisters who have had this procedure and who have posted here.
Unread 05-24-2008, 02:18 PM
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thejo-Good luck with your surgery. I had everything removed 3 months ago. My surgery was attempted using the DaVinci System but ended up having to finish transabdominally. There is a video on this website of the DaVinci surgery. I watched it after surgery to see exactly what is done. My uterus was the size equivalent to a 20-22 week pregnancy with a fibroid larger than a grapefruit. My ovaries were 4 x the normal size with 2 large cysts on the right and 1 on the left. Make sure you talk to your doctor before. Make a list of any questions and bring them with you. Make sure if you need precert for your insurance, it is correct. My doctor was straight forward with me and told me he would do everything he could to do it robotically but he may have to actually open. This way I wasn't surprised when I woke up. I have to say I really didn't have much pain post op. I was in the hospital for 5 days. It wasn't until the last day that I was told I had to ask for pain medication. I thought they had been giving it to me since surgery. I used 600mg Motrin at home for about 1 week and stopped. Make sure you have help at home after surgery and be patient with your recovery. You will do fine.
Unread 05-24-2008, 03:32 PM
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Just breath....that's what I keep telling myself anyway so maybe it will help you. First off, you've come to the right place. This sisterhood is full of kind, helpful sisters who have a lot of knowledge and support to offer.

Second, at the top of every page is a link that says pre-op. You can click on that and browse around. There are tons of useful articles there to help you out, including a list of questions to ask your doctor at your pre-op appointment and a list of suggested item to take to the hospital. Also, one of the top topic in this forum are Hints For Your Hysterectomy. A lot of the ladies who have already had there surgeries have posted hints about what to bring, what to ask, ect in that section and it is a Godsend.

As far as how long the hospital stay, I haven't had my surgery yet but my dr said he will either perform a TVH (total vaginal hysterectomy) or do it with the daVinci robot but either way it would be one night in the hospital and 4-6 week recovery, although some doctors do release their patients sooner with these procedures.

Sorry this was so long. I am very new here too but I remember what helped me to begin with. Good luck with your surgery and I look forward to getting to know you.
Unread 05-24-2008, 04:14 PM
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I'm wishing you the speediest of recoveries, Thejo!

My surgeon uses the Da Vinci system and said it was the best way to go. In the end, it's not what he used on me, but at initial consult I was told it's typically overnight in hospital then 4-6 weeks recovery -- with much less pain than traditional abdominal surgery.

Just be sure to rest up and take care of yourself!

Since you'll most likely be up and about pretty quickly, your biggest risk could be over-doing things too soon. Remember there's still internal healing that has to happen no matter how much easier the external stuff is with such tiny incisions.
Unread 05-25-2008, 06:14 AM
Da Vinci laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Thanks so much everyone. I am so glad I found this site, the notes and comments have been so great. I don't feel like a freak today. thanks
Unread 05-25-2008, 07:44 AM
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Well were glad you don't feel like a freak..... I know what you mean though. I had tons of questions and didn't know exactly what to expect either. Then I found Hystersisters and things started to come together and make sense.

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