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Unread 08-24-2001, 02:19 PM
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Just a word of thanks to all who have written to me or posted here. What a great site--I will recommend to all women I know who are to take the hyster. journey.
I go next Wed to oncologist surgeon who will check things and hopefully get me booked soon for the hyster. Not that I am anxious, but I need to get back to work as soon as possible.
I have one question, though. I had a ceasearan (sp?) 15 years ago and have heard that is how he can go in. I would like the vaginal(faster recovery) but I am very 'high' I have been told and I may end up going abdominal anyway. I am very overweight and he mentioned that,too, is a risk factor. A woman I work with is the same size as me and her doctor did not mention her weight before the hyster. I guess he has to mention it as a risk in surgery but he hadnt a good answer why he said it and it irritated me..! Any thoughts from anyone?
With much grattitude and love to all!

FROM AN EDIT ON 8/25--I am sorry--I meant that my cervix is very high, not the cancer. All gynos have had a hard time locating it!
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Unread 08-24-2001, 06:27 PM
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If the ovaries are an issue or cancer is up "high" then the abdominal route is normally used. This gives the doctors a better view and it is more likely for nothing to be left behind. Keep in mind that whether you go abdominal or vaginal, the recovery time is the same. The only difference is that you do not have any external stitches with the TVH, but you still have all of the internal ones to heal! Best of luck to you, and I am so happy to hear that you have received help and support here!! Keep on posting and remember that we are all here for each other!
Unread 08-25-2001, 01:26 AM
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Wishing you good luck with the oncology surgeon next Wed. I had the LAVH and I still rested for about 8 weeks. I know this does seem like a long time but in the end it is worth it. Please do let us know how you go next week and dont forget that we are all here for you x x
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Unread 08-25-2001, 06:34 AM
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Hi Poetzmuse!!
Just wanted to wish you the best at your appt. next week.

I had the TAH because with the ovarian cancer they wanted to have a good look around as well as do the staging. I healed very well from it and the staples usually come out within 5 or 7 days, but as Cyd mentioned the internal work is all the same.

You may wish to post this question concerning TVH vs TAH on the Post Op board as well to see what determined which route was used for the ladies there.

So glad you are finding the site helpfull to you. We are so lucky to have it, and I too spread the word about it anytime I hear someone mention that this surgery is being considered for them. Please let us know how you make out with you appointment on Wednesday!!


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