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Unread 07-31-2008, 10:58 AM
Ovarian Cyst removal - feeling lost and alone!

I just registered with this site and am very thankful to have found it. A recent ultrasound revealed a 6.3 cm ovarian cyst... had been having lots of pain and other "weird" symptoms. My Dr. was very dismissive and told me little, other than we'd watch it for a few weeks... if it doesn't shrink he'll do a laporoscopy and remove it and/or the ovaries (wont know until he's in there.) I asked if there were any futher tests that might need to be done (CA 125 / MRI, Cat Scan??) and he CALLED ME PARANOID! I'm reading up on what I might expect (he has scheduled tentative surgery for August 28th) and am appalled by what I apparently HAVEN'T been told! I was told to expect a recovery time of 7-10 days... It sounds as though this could end up being more. Not sure what to expect and/or what to tell my employer to expect. Any thoughts would be really appreciated. Thanks!
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Unread 07-31-2008, 12:36 PM
Ovarian Cyst removal - feeling lost and alone!

Hello, and welcome to this site! It really is helpful, isn't it?!?!

I had a Lap 11 years ago for my ovaries, and a little more exploration to figure out what all was going on inside my belly. They burned the HUGE ovarian cysts I had, and discovered that most of the pain I was in was due to severe endometriosis. I was 17, and really freaked out about all of it.

The surgery I had took about 2 hours, and I was sent home that same day! It was pretty quick, and the healing really wasn't bad at all. I was back to normal within 2 weeks.

There is a major difference from a Lap style surgery, and actually having a Hysterectomy. It will take 6 to 8 weeks to heal if they are removing organs.... but if they are only removing a cyst, it won't be long for you to heal.

If you feel like your Dr didn't explain things well enough - and especially after the "Paranoid" comment, have you thought about getting a second opinion? A really good Dr can calm all of your fears, and answer all of your questions with good "bedside" manor.

I wish you the best......

Unread 07-31-2008, 12:47 PM
Thanks, Bee!

Thank you so much for your thoughts and sharing your experience with this. I'm definitely going to switch Dr.'s but I've been unable to find a new Dr. to see me before end of September! I guess I'm going to have to trust this guy until I can completely switch over to a new OBGYN (which I'm in process of doing). I assume I can't put the surgery off if I do in fact need it. Anyway, thank you again!
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Unread 08-01-2008, 12:41 AM
Ovarian Cyst removal - feeling lost and alone!

I had an ovary removed 3 years ago due to a cyst that was in a weird position and it was safer and easier for the dr. to remove the entire ovary.

If you end up having the ovary removed, be prepared for a longer recovery time. You may not be fully recovered for a few weeks. It took me about a month. I spent about 1.5 weeks just resting, and another couple of weeks doing very limited activity.
Unread 08-01-2008, 07:34 AM
Thanks for the heads up

I appreciate your letting me know that; I've got to try to plan this out and your post will help me with that. Thanks very much!
Unread 08-01-2008, 03:31 PM
Ovarian Cyst removal - feeling lost and alone!

I wanted to drop by with s and to let you know that I have had a cyst the size of yours and I did not need surgery for it. It was found incidentally on a CT scan ordered by my gastro for some GI issues. To confirm what the CT scan showed, my GYN ordered an ultrasound. The cyst was then watched and it resolved on its own with no need for any medications, treatments, surgery, etc. So possibly your cyst will also resolve and you will not need to have surgery!

If you do have surgery for a cyst, it is common for the surgeon to warn you that the ovary with the cyst might be removed as it could be the safest route. But the ovary does not always have to be removed.

I wish you all the best and hope your situation resolves easily and quickly! s
Unread 08-04-2008, 08:55 AM
More thanks!

Weiser, You are so kind to have shared that with me; it definitely gives me hope as well as some needed knowledge about this thing! So glad it worked out for you... Thank you and God bless!
Unread 08-05-2008, 02:14 PM
Ovarian Cyst removal - feeling lost and alone!

I had a 6cm cyst removed in Dec 06 as well as the ovary because it was a big mess of scar tissue and endo, took no pain meds was a bit tender for a couple of days getting up, otherwise was fine. Had other ovary removed, cul de sac resected and endo excised on July 25th, had no pain at all, none, zero. Everyone is different but the discharge papers they gave me said recovery is 2 to 7 days.

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