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Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!!  HELP!!!!!!!!!!! Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

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Unread 08-08-2009, 07:31 AM
Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

So I talked to my Dr and he said that we're all set for surgery on September 21 but he said doing it abdominally instead of vaginally would be best. He's afraid, that because of all my other surgies I've had, that I have too much scar tissue to do this vaginally, which makes sense. I guess where the problem lies is that it took a lot and some time for me to even accept the reality of it all, and I was in the mind frame for a TVH. Now, about 5 weeks away from surgery, it changes. Sure it's plenty of time to adjust, but I feel like this should have been said from the beginning. I went from a shorter surgery, hospital visit, and recover to a longer everything! I will be fine, once I accept this, which isn't easy to do. Did anyone else get a switcheroo like I did?

I don't even know what to expect for recovery, let alone for a TAH now!
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Unread 08-08-2009, 07:42 AM
Re: Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

Jamie
I'm so sorry for you that they pulled this switch.
I know that quite a few Sisters will be along and tell you that they did not find out until they were in recovery. From that point of view, you will have the chance to prepare, both emotionally and for your recovery.
Hope all goes well with your surgery.
Hugs,
Suzanne
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Unread 08-08-2009, 08:43 AM
Re: Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry for the shocking news from your doctor, Jamie. It's so frustrating when you prepare yourself for something and the plan is suddenly turned all around on you.

This part of my reply will make me sound flat-out loopy, but I'm going to say it anyway.

I was actually glad when my doctor told me this week that it would be a TAH. Like you, I have had many abdominal surgeries and scar tissue has been a big issue. I remember when I woke up from my laporotomy. My pain was *gone*! The post surgery pain was not significant compared to the pre-surgery pain and my biggest issue was the post-surgery gas. I've never had that feeling of pain relieve when I've woken up from the less-invasive abdominal surgeries...not even close.

For my body it seems like the doctors just can't really find and remove all of the issues when they go a less invasive route. Now that I'm finally emotionally ready for the hyst, I want them to be very thorough. The hyst will allow them to attempt to save part of at least one of my ovaries. It will also allow them to better see any areas where endo has grown and they can take a better look around for problem adhesions.
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Unread 08-08-2009, 09:22 AM
Re: Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry that you've been thrown this curve ball but I hope I can help calm your concerns. I knew from the beginning that I was going to have TAH/BSO, so it was no surprise to me. I was told at my pre-op that it might be a vertical incision, but even that didn't bother me. I found comfort in knowing that they be able to see absolutely everything they needed to and have clear access to remove everything. Complication wise, it seems that women who've had the less invasive surgeries are having at least as many problems, so I don't think that's a factor. Honestly, my recovery has been amazing. My incision looks clean and hasn't ever been a problem. Just like other women, who've had the other types of surgery, I have to remind myself not to overdo things. I've felt that good since a few days after my surgery. I imagined I'd be hunched over, clutching a pillow to my stomach after this surgery and it's been nothing like that. I remember standing up for the first time after my surgery. I was really nervous because of all I'd read. My husband was right there to help me but I put both feet down, stood straight up and said "hey look, I did it and I think I'm standing straighter than I did before" . I was walking the halls with no problem all that evening and came home after 2 days. I enjoyed being pampered in the hospital but I was doing so well that I was bored and ready to go. If you have any specific questions, I'm happy to try to answer them. I hope your surgery goes as well as mine did
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Unread 08-08-2009, 10:05 AM
Re: Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

I am sorry that they are doing the TAH instead of the TVH. My doc told me that I was having the TVH and then at the pre-op appt,, he told us that it could be a TAH. He'd have to see when we went into the OR. I just looked at him and said--but you're gonna make sure I don't get a TAH, right???
One of babies almost had to be a c-section so I worked at turning him around & so didn't need a c-section.
So, I didn't need a TAH after all.
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Unread 08-08-2009, 11:26 AM
Re: Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

Jamie,

I have also had many surgeries and my thought it might be possible to do a TAH. Sure enough, she had to open me up (I already had a vertical scar from previous surgery) but this allowed her to really see in there and removed re-growth of adhesions. I had a 4 day 3 night hospital stay and was moving around a lot better than I thought I would.

Best of luck!
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Unread 08-08-2009, 01:36 PM
Re: Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

((Hugs)) For the change on you. I am 15 days post op from a TAH and feeling wonderful. I feel like I have never had surgery. I have also had 3 previous c-sections. Pain was a little more in the hospital but recovery was the same for me as a c-section.
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Unread 08-08-2009, 02:29 PM
Re: Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

It's in the back of my mind that I might possibly have to have a TAH instead of a RALH...due to my weight, so I am concerned about it, but whatever happens it is for the better, you know? I am concerned about adhesions and scarring from my previous c-section, I imagine that is going to be an issue. I am sure I will not know until after I wake up from the surgery whether they were able to perform the da Vinci or not. I am hopeful though. HUGS to you!!!
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Unread 08-08-2009, 04:38 PM
Re: Talked to Dr...My TVH is now a TAH!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

I know that it's tough to have a change in procedure thrown at you but don't worry about a TAH. I, too was out of the hospital after two days and went back to work after five weeks (office job). Whatever gets you healthiest without additional complications is best, right?
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