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Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions. Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

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Unread 12-12-2011, 11:25 AM
Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

TLH set for tomorrow, check in at 7:00am and surgery at 8:30am. I am also having a mini sling added at the time of surgery. WOW, heart palpitations happening at this very moment. Nervous, scared... trying to keep focused and get last min things done to be ready. Well as ready as one can be I guess.

I am still struggling with the "to keep the ovaries or not to keep the ovaries". I kinda left it up to god and my ovaries and agreed with the doc that if they look good and healthy then keep them / one. If they are not good them take them away. I keep getting people telling me leave them... no take them... and offering advice and suggestions. I love the feedback but I am now more confused then ever.

I am 44, and according to the doc I am still young and he suggests not putting myself through surgical menapause if I do not have to. I have read some posts and have found women who had them out wishing they kept them as they aged instantly and that freaks me out I am sad to say. Also they could not get regulated on HRT and felt horrible.

I have read that some who kept them wished they had them taken out as the endo came back... still pain or issues with what was left.

I am wondering if you had any regrets with your decision and if you could go back and do it again what would you do. I know it is a personal decision and I see on the forums I am not the only one struggling. I do have endo, I also have adeno, have had a cyst rupture and bad ovulation pain.

Anyway, tomorrow is the day, feeling bitter sweet about it... sad, ready... praying to be free from pain.

Good luck to all of you going soon and I will see you on the other side.

Kim
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Unread 12-12-2011, 11:41 AM
Re: Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

I agree with your doc. I, too, had the option of keeping or removing my ovaries and I decided that as long as they appeared healthy they would stay. If my doctor discovered problems with them, they would go. She did advise me that 10 to 15% of women who kept them returned to have them removed later. I'm gambling that I'll be among the 85% to 90% who don't.

I'm 47 and menopause nowhere in site. There is no history of ovarian or breast cancer in my family, but we have a long history of osteoporosis and heart disease, so I felt the benefits of keeping them outweighed everything else.

I'm glad to report they were in perfect health and still with me. I feel great!
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Unread 12-12-2011, 12:05 PM
Re: Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

I agree as well. If there is nothing wrong with them, why mess with them? Surgical menopause CAN cause a lot of other health issues, so it is important for anyone considering an oophorectomy to understand these.

I for one, did have mine removed during my hyster. I didn't have a choice. They were covered in endo and just had to go. I have no regrets. I have been one of the lucky ones regrarding HRT. I was able to work with my very caring to find the right HRT for me and once we got the levels right, I have had no issues at all.

I do however have to worry about other health concerns. I am only 31 and have to take a baby aspirin everyday to prevent heart attack and stroke. I also have to take some calcium and vitamin D supplements to help prevent osteoporosis. Things I never thought I would have to worry about until I was much older.

It is a very personal decision and only you and your doctor can decide what is best for you. I do think that it is always a good idea to keep healthy ovaries.

to you in this journey. and BEST of luck to you tomorrow. I hope all goes well for you. See you on the other side!!

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Unread 12-12-2011, 02:21 PM
Re: Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

I am praying for you kimsmithie. I just got out of surgery about 5 1/2 hrs. ago. I am thrilled to have it over with and anethesia did fine with my mitral valve prolapse. God Bless you...it will be over befroe you realize it.
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Unread 12-12-2011, 03:34 PM
Re: Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

I am scheduled for a LSH on Thursday and I am having the same questions and concerns of whether to keep my cervix or not? I was scheduled for an LAVH but my husband went with me to my pre-op appt. and asked about the cervix and the Dr. gave reasons that were good for keeping it if no disease. But, she scheduled me for the LAVH and would have taken it out if he has not asked about it. So, wondering what is the best thing to do and really need answers soon! I am 52 so I am going to go ahead and have the ovaries removed since I am so close to menopause. It is so hard making all these life changing decisions!
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Unread 12-12-2011, 05:32 PM
Re: Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

I'm 46 yo and just about 8 weeks out. I had a da Vinci for a very enlarged uterus, fibroids, extreme bleeding, the whole nine yards. I had everything out. I DO NOT regret at all removing my ovaries. I feel remarkable. My health has done a complete turn around. I'm on HRT and have lost weight, have energy, my hair feels silky again. My thought was why keep them? Hormones can be controlled medically and I did not want to risk more future surgery. These decisions were made with research and advice from friends as well as my doctor's input. The decision is a personal one and neither option carries more weight than the other except for the fact that they are equally good choices. I just know, for me, they had to come out. Good luck in your decision-remember it's YOUR decision and what ever you choose will be the right choice no matter the reason. Rest well.
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Unread 12-12-2011, 05:50 PM
Re: Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

My doctors and I agreed to do the same as you. Even though I was able to keep my ovaries I am going through some "changes". I am only 40 and like you was not happy with the aging instantly process either... As long as cancer was not prevalent in the ovaries the decision to keep them was made. Everyone has opinion and advice, my best advice is to do what YOU feel is best for YOU. I know people who have had hysterectomies and LOVED the freedoms it allows and the NO MORE PERIODS. I on the other hand actually miss getting my period and am not taking it as well, however, I am cancer free and happy to find a group like this to help me with everything else... I wish you luck send prayers and hope for a quick and speedy recovery... Ask for support and talk when you want...
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Unread 12-12-2011, 06:48 PM
Re: Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

Thank you all for sharing your stories and thoughts it helps... I will talk to the doc one last time. Nervous not sure how I can sleep...
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Unread 12-12-2011, 07:11 PM
Re: Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

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I am praying for you kimsmithie. I just got out of surgery about 5 1/2 hrs. ago. I am thrilled to have it over with and anethesia did fine with my mitral valve prolapse. God Bless you...it will be over befroe you realize it.
Angellica, congrats you made it!! wishing you a painless and speedy recovery. i am glad to hear you did fine given your mitral valve prolapse..... one of my concerns. i had an episode of afib about 1.5 yrs ago and have been on beta blockers and an aspirin daily ever since. scared to death about having another cardiac episode during surgery. my cardiologist said i will be fine. i assume all drs. will keep me on beta blocker before and after surgery scheduled for 1/17/2012 LAVH w. BSO. severe anxiety going on right now.
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Unread 12-12-2011, 08:54 PM
Re: Just got the surgery time for tomorrow, GULP! A few questions.

Good luck tomorrow I had a full hysterectomy because I had stage 1 uterus cancer all was removed. I know found out I have stage 1 breast cancer. So who knows what's the right thing to do!
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