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Unread 12-17-2008, 08:33 PM
Da Vinci total hysterectomy

My road to a hysterectomy started about a year and a half ago when I started post-menopausal bleeding during an aerobics session. I thought it was somewhat strange but it was just a few hours a break through bleeding.

Every few months during an exercise session I'd get some break through bleeding and didn't think anything about it since my paps and pelvics were all normal.

Fast forward to June 30th of this year - at a rehearsal at church to do some solo work I got that weird little wet feeling and realized my jeans were blood soaked clear down to my knees. Fortunately the loft was fairly dark and I don't think the other ladies noticed anything.

I bled the entire month of July and into the first week of August.

I had my first intravaginal ultrasound the first week of August and the findings left my family doctor puzzled so I was referred to a gyne for a complete workup.

She performed a pap and an endometrial biopsy, a normal ultrasound and another intravaginal ultrasound. The biopsy came back with crowded and complex glands, hyperplasia with no atypia. The next step was a D&C and hysteroscopy on September 16. Severe hyperplasia and, since I'm not a candidate for any type of hormone therapy (I have Factor V Leiden and Protein S deficiency both), we discussed my options and decided on a total hysterectomy: uterus, tubes, ovaries and cervix.

Then we discussed the various procedures. I'm a single lady in my late 50s with no short or long term disability insurance so I requested a laparoscopic procedure.

At this point I had never heard of Da Vinci. When the doc mentioned doing the lap by robot I started doing my research and found out about the Da Vinci. Sounded like something that would take care of my physical condition and still work within the parameters of the time I could safely afford to take off work.

I work in a law office and, through a woman who works in another law office, I heard about HysterSisters. So I came here to investigate and found a wonderful support group AND a great deal of very useful information.

I had my procedure yesterday (12/16) and was home by 3:00 this afternoon. I have some bruising (I'm on prophylactic Lovenox for the Factor V), I'm a little sore and have gas pains like you wouldn't believe!

I did have some nausea the first time up yesterday, but that was due to the anesthesia and, by the second time I was up, I was able to walk around with relatively little pain. This morning I got up and started wandering around the hallways just trying to work out some of the stiffness.

I am taking 600 mg of Motrin for pain but it's really more stiffness in my back and the gas pains than anything else.

I'm walking around my house, caring for my dogs and generally very glad of the wonderful Da Vinci robotic procedure AND having HysterSisters as a support group.
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