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Unread 12-04-2011, 10:33 PM
Like others - is this for me . . .

I'm scheduled for surgery Dec 14 and can't seem to come to terms with my decision. I have fibroids but not as severe of symptoms as others I've read about. I decided to have my ovaries removed due to my history of melanoma and family ovarian and breat cancers. I guess I'm looking at it as a preventative surgery. My doctor recommended that the ovaries be removed and have full family support. I guess I'm wondering if there is anyone out there in a similar situation. Thank you everyone for your time to post. This site has been a life saver.
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Unread 12-05-2011, 01:05 AM
Re: Like others - is this for me . . .

I had fibroids and suspected adenomyosis (now confirmed). I heard stories lots worse than mine, but in the end, the decision is between you and your doctor. Doctors don't recommend surgery if they don't feel it's warranted. For me, it was the right decision, though I questioned it at first. I'm glad I did it, and wasn't surprised to hear the doctor found adhesions between my bladder and uterus too.
I too, had the daVinci procedure and am very pleased with how I feel at 5 days post op. I hope this helps and I would encourage you to research the procedure and keep reading the boards. I made peace with everything after a couple of weeks, once i knew what to expect. I asked lots of questions with my doctor and the only big surprise is how good I feel.
Best of luck,
Ara
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Unread 12-05-2011, 08:29 AM
Re: Like others - is this for me . . .

I'm scheduled for an SAH on 12/19 because of fibroids. After reading many stories here, I realize that my symptoms are not as severe as most however they are severe enough that I don't want to live with them anymore. We can't look at others and try to figure out what will work for us. Nobody should be living in pain and discomfort if there is a way to treat it. My doctor said something to me which I believe. It's that the symptoms didn't just begin one day, the fibroids growing was a gradual process so our bodies adjusted. Now, we are used to dealing with whatever we deal with (pain, excessive bleeding, etc.). However, once the situation is remedied, we will look back and realize just how disruptive these fibroids really were.

My suggestion is to keep reading and gathering information. If you have questions, no matter how small, ask your doctor so that you are clear on what to expect. Think about how you quality of life will be affected if you have the surgery or if you do not have the surgery. Think on everything. If you change your mind and decide not to have the surgery that is fine. If you decide that it is best, that is also fine. You only have to do what you feel comfortable with, when you are ready.
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