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Unread 01-03-2002, 12:48 PM
removal of cervix

Hello,
I'm new to the board. My surgery is scheduled for January 24, I have an appt with my dr next week. I have done a lot of research and really want to keep my cervix. I anticipate that the dr will want to remove it, because when I mentioned this briefly before, he indicated he would remove it. I have no history of cervical cancer and have never had an abnormal pap. Surgery will be abdominal and is due to fibroids. Any help/suggestions from you ladies?
Thanks so much. Love this board!
JuneBug
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Unread 01-03-2002, 01:01 PM
removal of cervix

June Bug,
I had my cervix removed because of recurring dysplasia, but if yours is healthy, with no history of dysplasia or family cancer, and you're having an abdominal hyst, I see no reason for removing it. It is YOUR body and you have the right to insist on what stays and what goes. I would tell the it stays, period, end of discussion.
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Unread 01-03-2002, 01:55 PM
removal of cervix

Hi JuneBug!

I believe if you wish to keep your cervix, then you should. I also think that in order to do so, you will need an abdominal hyst. Talk to your doctor about your wishes. Many are flexible in this...if not, then you may need to find a different doctor. I think the cervix serves a useful purpose even with a hysterectomy in aiding the support of other organs. Good luck to you!
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Unread 01-03-2002, 03:10 PM
removal of cervix

I had surgery the 28th of December. I had questions and you were all very helpful. Thank you so much!
Regarding removal of the cervix...
That was a tough one for me. I had fears and read alot on here and also researched alot.
I found out about the laproscopic supracervical hysterectomy. I had also read on here about a woman whose doctor had never performed one but had agreed to her request and everything had turned out fine.
I armed myself with all the info I could and went to my doctor (who I really trusted). He hadn't done it but agreed to it. He said he hadn't been asked about it.
I had an incison on each side of my lower abdomen (about and inch) and one through my belly button. He took only the uterus and fibroids. My uterus was attached to the whole front of my abdomen and bladder (adhesions). I came home the same night. Was a little groggy. But had my family here to watch my temperature and get me up to walk every three to four hours. I slept most of the next day and felt better from there. A little sore in the tummy and get tired easily. but all in all I was very surprised at how quickly I felt better. Have my checkup on Friday am 1/4. Will let you know how that goes.
There are no guarantees. But if you don't want to lose the cervix. That is a decision you should make for yourself.
Personally, my decision was made because I was scared of how I would feel without it. There was nothing wrong with it. So I couldn't see losing it if I didn't need to. I knew I couldn't get it back.
At first, my doctor really thought I should have the cervix removed too.
Once again though, I really trust my doctor and we discussed my procedure in depth a few times.
I don't feel any different. Back pain is gone, etc. but I don't feel like anything is missing.
Good luck and thanks to all of you for this board!!
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Unread 01-03-2002, 03:23 PM
removal of cervix

I kept my cervix, because it was healthy and have had no problems. If you wish to keep your cervix please talk with your dr. I don't see why he wouldn't honor your wishes. Best of luck.
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Unread 01-03-2002, 03:49 PM
removal of cervix

Hi!
I am scheduled for Jan 24th too. I have a large fibroid in my uterus and no history of abnormal paps nor cancer in the family. Sound similar?

My GYN for 22 years told me that he recommended a total hysterectomy because I will be 48 and why keep things that might become diseased, since I have my family already.

I went for a second opinion to a doctor who was recommended to me by another doctor. His approach was very different. He felt if there's no problem, why remove it. I certainly liked his approach better and his personality.

So I am keeping my cervix and hope I can keep my ovaries too.

Good luck and keep in touch.

shegot
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Unread 01-03-2002, 04:56 PM
removal of cervix

I am curious as to the reasons to keep a cervix? I understand not wanting to take out something healthy, but it won't be supporting any organs. I am NOT urging you to take it out--I just want to know what your research has shown you about NOT taking it out.

I had some abnormal paps, though things had improved after cervical surgery. I decided it wasn't worth keeping it.
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Unread 01-03-2002, 05:25 PM
removal of cervix

I keep my Cervix also had no history of cancer in family and had normal pap smears.

Your cervix has nerve ending which help minimizie to loss of orgasms. It also help support the bladder and vagina.

If theirs nothing wrong with it you have the right to keep it.
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Unread 01-03-2002, 07:37 PM
My two cents...

Hi, JuneBug!
I'm 9 weeks post op. I specifically asked my doc about keeping my cervix, since I, too read posts that it "supports bladder" and other such things. I had never had an abnormal pap so thought I should ask about keeping it. My doc told me that it doesn't support the bladder or any other organ. She showed me an anatomical model, one of those 3-D things and darn if she wasn't right!

She had other reasons for wanting to remove it. First, the cervix allows for the passage of a baby or blood from the uterus. No uterus, no baby, no blood, no need for the doorway! Secondly, it would mean keeping a useless piece of an organ that could prove to be a cancer risk in the future. A history of normal pap smears doesn't guarantee a future of the same. After more discussion, I agreed and had it removed.

My path report came back with hyperplasia cells (and a very few displasia ones) on the uterus side of the cervix, as well as acute cervicitis. This would not have been detected by a routine pap. (After reading my path report, I asked my doc where she hid her crystal ball!)

I had not heard about the orgasm thing. Only know that it certainly hasn't been a prob for me!

Anyway....just thought you'd like to hear another opinion. Mine is just that, an opinion: it you don't need it and they can take it out at the same time, why tempt fate? I didn't want any cancer magnets left inside me! Guess I'm just too cheap to even consider yet another surgery, even if it be much later in the future, when I can get it all done at one time! Let it be done with and amen!

Good luck on your decision! And whatever you decide, I pray it works out for you! Here's to a successful surgery and a quick and uneventful recovery!
love,
-di
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Unread 01-03-2002, 08:04 PM
removal of cervix

I had heard that the cervix supports organs--but my doctor also showed me models and there was no way it was supporting MY bladder. In fact, my cervix was actually coming out (it was gross).

As for the big "O", we haven't attempted anything, but from doing Kegel exercises I know I still have lots of good sensations down there. :-)

I like the term "cancer" magnet. That's what I felt MY cervix was. It took years, but I was finally starting to have normal paps (after tons of abnormal ones, plus cryosurgery). It's been a drag having pap smears every four months. I don't miss that. I will still have once a year pap smears to check the top of the vagina, but that's it.
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