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  #11  
Unread 11-29-2011, 09:45 AM
Re: Vaginal Cuff tear: possible allergic response to sutures or post op infection

How utterly terrifying!!! I had the DaVinci done 6 days ago, and my doctor said that DaVinci patients' cuffs take AT LEAST 50% longer to heal. I'm on pelvic rest a minimum of 9 weeks. She's only had one serious tear in the several years she's been doing them, so I hope and pray that I don't end up with the complications you all have had. Please keep us updated on your continuing healing. I hope and pray all goes well for you in the coming days, weeks, and months.
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  #12  
Unread 12-01-2011, 12:41 AM
Vaginal Cuff tear: possible allergic response to sutures or post op infection

Off the Dr today for my "first" check up. Certainly have a lot of questions. Will talk to you after and let you know what he says.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 03:47 AM
Re: Vaginal Cuff tear: possible allergic response to sutures or post op infection

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Originally Posted by Keltec View Post
I will add my opinion. Even though I don't like my scar.........vertical, I felt more confident things were done/sewn up really well because the doc had full access to my abdomen.

You know, I was just reading something today on another thread where someone's dr said to her that the robot can't do as good a sewing job as in manual surgery.

I, like you, don't like my long vertical incision, but I have reason now to be almost glad of the surgery I had. A nurse said to me at my pre-op. "Mr X will do the whole op. including closing the incision. He likes to ensure you get sewn up nice and tight!"
I have had NO problems - apart from the usual pain, gas, and restrictions that are part of major surgery (TAH/BSO). (And like you, Keltec, I think we have to be really careful and take weeks to recover! I even hate to hear of women being sent home from hospital so soon. I had 5 days!)
I had a tiny bit of pinkish discharge for ONE day after surgery. I have had no stitches falling out from down there - must have been dissolving ones.

My incision oozed a little for a day - that's all.
I have had not one further drop of bleeding, and my incision, sewed with dissolving stitches, has healed nice and smoothly. The same surgeon inspected my vaginal cuff wound at my 6 week check-up and said it had healed perfectly.
I'm now just past three months and feeling good.

OK, I have an ugly scar. But it seems there's a plus side.

Not to say I feel anything but deep sympathy for those who have had so many problems and setbacks. Maybe some docs think that because surgery has been done laparoscopically, etc. that recovery will be "easy" and their patients can resume their normal activities quickly. Well.... the same organs have been removed, no matter what procedure!

It seems there's a huge range in what people have been told by their docs. Thankfully this Board exists! The info. given here is almost always on the side of caution!
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Unread 12-01-2011, 08:04 AM
Re: Vaginal Cuff tear: possible allergic response to sutures or post op infection

I completely agree with you.

It scares the @$%& out of me to know some of the ladies are being sent home the same day and then hear of complications afterward. One of my friends had TVH done and after about 4 weeks she developed a prolapse and scar tissue. She had to have surgery AGAIN. She claims she didn't do anything wrong but I wonder because she was a very active person prior..........biking, mountain climbing, martial arts. I didn't question her about it since she was going through such a difficult time.

I'm not knocking the other procedures because many women come bouncing out like nothing happened. I'm just seeing on this site a "pattern" of issues pertaining to DvH, LAVH, TVH that a lot of women seem to be having.

I just want the ladies that are having or have had those types of procedures done to NOT take it lightly because they had a less invasive surgery, even though their doctors and the rest of the world are taking it lightly.

And remember ladies, just because the doctor gives you that green light, doesn't mean you are necessarily completely healed. Take things VERY slow for many months. I mean EVERYTHING.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 04:56 PM
Re: Vaginal Cuff tear: possible allergic response to sutures or post op infection

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to give feedback from my doctor's appointment today. Interestingly, my doctor did report using a new type of sutures. He said they were lighter and were able to need less tissue to attached to but then he explained what he thinks happened. First, he did believe me that I did not have intercourse as my symptoms were NOT consistent with a cuff tear. He stated that I had a "bleeder" above the cuff. He stated that they generally use cauterization vs stitches to close off vessels in robotic sx. He believe that the "scab" came off prematurely or was perhaps not completely done initially and the bleeding from that put pressure on the sutures (from above) and after a few days of symptoms of pressure and fullness (without pain), the sutures (thinner than the older ones used loosened along with the built up blood clots weakened and became loose allowing the clots to pass. To me the example makes sense. i think in my case even if the sutures were stronger I would have still had an issue due to the bleeding vessel. To all the women who have offered support and opinions and to all the women choosing to do robotic surgery, I give the advice "take it slow". I am in my late 30's. I have two kids, husband, dog and a demanding job. I thought I could be everything! I chose robotic because of the reduced downtime. I felt great after and did not listen to my body when I needed rest. I also should have "listened" better to the doctor and really pampered myself if only for a few weeks. The kids' bath, the skunk sprayed dog and car pools would have waited for me. God forbid, I could have asked for help from friends and family and even my husband. Instead, I needed to recovery twice. Medicine is not perfect. No body heals the same. Be informed, be an educated medical consumer and allow time to heal no matter what route you choose. XOXO
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Unread 12-01-2011, 05:02 PM
Re: Vaginal Cuff tear: possible allergic response to sutures or post op infection

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Originally Posted by Liloo View Post
OMGoodness!!!!! How scary!! Can you think of anything that you may have lifted, bent over, had sex or have done to cause this?? I'm scared to death of that darn cuff!

I hit 4 weeks post op tomorrow, but this past Tuesday, I lost 2 stitches. My doctor (nurses) assumed I had sex, but I did not!! I just went to the bathroom and there they were!! ??

This is so frustrating now. I'm tired of living in fear of anything I do!!

I hope and pray that you're okay now!! Please let us know how you're doing!!
I think this is normal. I was told at 3 weeks you would start to see the stitches from the vaginal cuff dissolve and come out in your panties. I have a week before that happens! Not looking forward to it!
  #17  
Unread 12-01-2011, 05:53 PM
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It saves money, for whoever is paying (mine was free! ) to do it properly the first time, even if that means another day in hospital - rather than hurry people out, get them back to work, and then have to re-do some of the surgery.

In hospital, boring though it is, you are being taken care of as regards meals, making sure your system is working again, getting an enforced rest, and able to ask about any of those first-up worries. if anything is majorly wrong, it will probably show up while you are still there to get it treated.
I live alone, so I kind of appreciated being waited on hand and foot before I had to fend for myself to some extent at home (I had help with housework)

I guess this is not at all helpful for the original poster, and I really don't want to gloat about how good I had it.
(Well.. as we know, it doesn't FEEL good for a long time!! Aaarggh!)

Just take good care of yourselves, anyone who is here!!
And look forward to a much brighter life ahead.

Just read your later post, All Done - telling us all you did! I felt tired even reading about it! . But no real harm done long term, and it sounds as if you got a really good explanation which helps to reassure you.
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Unread 12-02-2011, 07:50 AM
Vaginal Cuff tear: possible allergic response to sutures or post op infection

Had one like u. Had tag on the 16 of Nov
. Doing fine recovery wise. Then on Sunday night felt warm discharge. By made it to The bathroom pad soaked with bright red blood and it keep coming. Went to The e.r. ended up in icu to stabilize my BP. Received 3 units of blood while I was at the icu. Got surgery again to restitch the cuff and drain the fluid. Doc said I had hematoma. Really Don't know What went wrong. Stucked. In The hospital For recovery hopefully going home today.
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I am now 5 1/2 weeks post op Total robotically assisted hysterectomy..
My story: Had my surgery on September 26th, first few weeks were pretty text book perfect, some pain, blood tinged serous fluid drainage, went to my 2 week post op appointment, where everything looked perfect, cleared to go to work on week 3, woke up early on October 17th, 2011, exactly 3 weeks to the day of my surgery, went to work, didnt over do it at all, even came home early..took a nap for about an hour then my sister came home from work to check on me, told her I was fine just tired. Turned over, felt the usual serous fluid draining, got up to go to the bathroom and felt a little more, and a little more, looked down to realize it was bright red blood and it was coming out faster than I could even tell my sister "OMG, I think I am hemorraging" by the time my sister burst through the door, the blood was everywhere, on the floors, on the walls, worse than any tv show or movie ever portrayed it! I said we have to call the dr and you have to drive me to my hospital and she said there isnt time for that we have to call 911! Was rushed to the ER, as I felt the blood just pumping and pumping out of me, when I got to the ER the staffed looked at me as though they had no idea what to do with me, first thing..blood transfusion and went into nonresponsive shock, ended up back in the Operating Room at 2AM....Turns out there was a tear in the vaginal cuff where the sutures were in place and the vessel just pumped and pumped...10 different ob/gyns and gyn/onc say they have never seen this happen so far after surgery. Has anybody ever experienced anything like this????? 2 1/2 weeks later I still have some post traumatic stress going on and am seeing my every week for the next 3 months, but I am so paranoid about every symptom!
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Unread 12-08-2011, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Susan Miller View Post
Had one like u. Had tag on the 16 of Nov
. Doing fine recovery wise. Then on Sunday night felt warm discharge. By made it to The bathroom pad soaked with bright red blood and it keep coming. Went to The e.r. ended up in icu to stabilize my BP. Received 3 units of blood while I was at the icu. Got surgery again to restitch the cuff and drain the fluid. Doc said I had hematoma. Really Don't know What went wrong. Stucked. In The hospital For recovery hopefully going home today.
OMG, This is crazy, they have not seen this happen ever before now it seems to be coming out of the wood work, my Dr is especially interested in finding out why this is happening, I hope you are ok and it takes a long while to get past the traumatic part of it, I am here to talk whenever, I am going to send private messages toyou and All Done! with my Drs personal info and mine, she would really like to contact both of your Drs to try to figure out what is going wrong before this happens to other women!
  #20  
Unread 12-18-2011, 02:36 PM
Re: Vaginal Cuff tear: possible allergic response to sutures or post op infection

Omg.... Just found this post from google searching! I am not alone in this nightmare ..... Last Sunday I started to bleed out large clots etc.... Went to er passed out and had to be transfused two units of blood. Had emergency surgery to restock the whole cuff. This was early Monday morning... Came home Tuesday.my lavh was 11/3 had a textbook surgery and recovery until about 4 wks post op when the bleeding started. Right now I am extremely weak 6 days post cuff repair, am scared to move because of a constant light pinkish sometimes slightly reddish discharge. Also my belly is really swollen to the point I can barely eat or drink how are your recoveries going? Hope and pray that you are all doing well. Did any of you guys have the discharge and feeling of fullness in the tummy post op? Thanks for your help.... Happy healing!
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