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Unread 11-06-2008, 03:03 PM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not

I am debatting keeping the cervix or not too. I'm scheduled for a LSH in December for removal of the uterus only. My concern is that keeping the cervix may still result in monthly bleeding (which I am so sick of since I bleed for 1-2 months at a time). I don't know which path to take. I've read and know that keeping the cervix is better due to holding up the bladder, etc. Is there is anyone out there that kept the cervix and still bleeds or doesn't.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 03:32 PM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not

I was told by my physician, when I asked about the pelvic floor situation (because I was debating cervix/no cervix), that the bladder would be fine because once all the intestines rearrange theirselves, they will support all the "stuff" in there. He assured me that the pelvic floor support would not be an issue.
I sure hope so because I did get my cervix removed.
I have also heard that Kegel exercises also help with everything down there.
So far so good.
I hope everything goes well for you and keep asking questions to us and your doctor!
Unread 11-06-2008, 11:52 PM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not

Thanks for the input. That is what I'm hearing... some say it's beneficial to keep it others say it doesn't make a difference. Such a hard decision to make. May I ask when you had your surgery and was it an LSH or a total adominal surgery?
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Unread 11-07-2008, 04:37 AM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not


You're quite right ~ opinions are very split on the pros and cons of keeping the cervix. You're very wise to research as much as possible and then can make an informed decision that's right for you.

When the ovaries and cervix are kept, there is a chance of cyclical bleeding or "mini-periods". However, most procedures include cauterisation of the cervix which prevents this for the majority. The best thing you can do is check that your doctor intends to do this.

Sending all good wishes for your surgery and recovery!

Unread 11-07-2008, 05:53 AM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not

Good Morning Ladies,

Currently I am scheduled for removal of cervix, uterus and having a hammock inserted to "hold" my bladder in place. However as you can tell by my screen name Indecisive, I cannot decide whether to go through with the surgery or to keep my cervix if I do. I am hoping that between now and December 10, I will find some magic answers! Thank you everyone for your posts!
Unread 11-07-2008, 11:55 AM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not

I'm with you.... totally indecisive. I have surgery scheduled for the day after you. I have read an entire book on intense details about this entire decision and still don't have my mind made up. I know that the LSH is a less invasive way to go and less recover time (which I want) but at the same time I definitely don't want to bleed any more which would mean the cervix should go ! But then the controversy over the falling bladder if the cervix is removed. I hadn't heard of the "hammock". I'll have to check that out. If you'd like the name of the book I read, let me know and maybe that will help you. I am just so sick of bleeding for 1-2 straight months at a time! It is really a terrible quality of life!
Unread 11-07-2008, 12:18 PM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not

Indecisive and luvtoscrap - have you two read my mind??? I have mine schedule on Dec. 10th as well. I am really up for a short recovery time - but certainly am done with the whole bleeding thing!!! I am also struggling with whether or not to keep the overies. I will not be needing them and really don't want to have to have another surgery later to remove them - when and if they need to come out. I have been having issues with cysts - first on one side and then when that goes - it get one on the other side.

I really just kind of want everything out and to be done - but is that best???
Unread 11-07-2008, 02:43 PM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not

I had my LSH 10 weeks ago. I did a lot of talking to two different doctors while trying to figure out which one of them I wanted to do my surgery.

Both of them agreed that they could do it laparoscopically, and the decision of total vs subtotal (supracervical) was up to me. The one definitely recommended subtotal because of the "structural" reasons. He said there was no indication that I needed to have my cervix removed, so why remove it?

The other surgeon initially recommended a total, saying that there is no data to back up the arguments about saving the cervix for structural reasons, and even some recent articles that say there is no difference. He pointed out the elimination of a chance for cervical cancer, too. (The first surgeon said, "Removing the cervix isn't a prevention for cervical cancer, pap smears are. If we used that theory, we would start removing breasts to prevent breast cancer.")

I ended up going with the surgeon who recommended the total, but we opted for the subtotal. After a bit more conversation, he agreed that the recovery time would be shorter for the LSH, and that was important to me. He did verify my concern that I might experience some cyclic bleeding afterwards by leaving my cervix. He does cauterize the cervix, and attempts to get all of the endometrial tissue in order to prevent this, but couldn't make any guarantees.

As I said, I'm 10 weeks out and haven't experienced any of the cyclic bleeding. Maybe it's too soon for me to say I never will, but so far so good.
Unread 11-07-2008, 09:56 PM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not

Hello all,
I am scheduled for a TLH with a bladder sling 11/24/08. Getting a little (actually a lot) nervous but I know that it will be great after I am healed and fixed. Looking forward to a quick recovery. I am having the cervix removed because I had an abnormal pap this past year and since we will already be in the area we may as well fix as much as possible. I know it is the right choice for me. I want to prevent any problems that may come up later. This is the 1st surgery I have ever had and I would like it to be the only one! I wanted to thank hystersisters and the members for providing all of these answers and suggestions - kind of removes the mystery and makes it easier. I wish you the best of luck in whatever choice you make, Luvtoscrap, Indecisive, and Rherhe66. It is so nice to know that there are others seeking the same answers!
Unread 11-08-2008, 12:01 AM
I am debating keeping the cervix or not

Hello Sisters

I opted to keep my cervix, my Dr said that some women do experience mini periods, but not all. So far I am 7 weeks post op , my period time has past, I felt all of the emotions and mood swings for a short time, but no pain and no bleeding, not one spot , Dr thinks that I probably will NOT bleed.
Also, u may want to find out if having your cervix removed, will mean that you need a vaginal cuff

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