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Unread 01-09-2012, 06:36 AM
Those Who Kept Cervix After Abnormal Paps

I could use a little insight here. I have had to postpone my hysterectomy (was supposed to happen today) due to the illness of my mother. She will need a surgery very soon and I wanted to make sure I am up for the task of helping out in her recovery. With that said, I was planning to have my cervix removed. However, I am reconsidering that option now. I am 46 years old and have had about 3 abnormal Pap smears in the past 10 years, but they always "correct" themselves and my next is usually normal. My last Pap was normal. I have been considering a hysterectomy for about 3 years now and I am tired of feeling horrible. If I have a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy, I know my recovery would be shorter and I would be protecting myself from prolapse in the future. Has anyone kept their cervix after having a few abnormal Pap smears? I so badly want to work in a hysterectomy, but I need to make sure I am available to my mother. There may be some chemo or radiation involved later down the line and I can't be laid up for 2 months. My folks are really going to need my help.
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Unread 01-09-2012, 09:24 AM
Re: Those Who Kept Cervix After Abnormal Paps

I suggest you do some more research on the cervix removal/prolapse. I've heard that it's helpful to keep the cervix for this reason and I've also heard that it doesn't make much, if any, difference. Your doctor might be able to allay any fears you have.

I had my cervix removed for the same reason you mentioned. I decided it was one less thing to worry about and my doctor said she fastens the top of the vagina to the tendons, so prolapse isn't an issue.

As for recovery time, there are no guarantees. I had TAH and recovered very nicely in 6 weeks - not to say I'm 100%, but I have been released to resume all normal activity without restriction. Others have had Lap surgery and have been laid up longer due to complications. Not typical, but always possible.

You have a hard decision to make and I hope everything works out for the best.

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