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So what's the deal with all the letters? So what's the deal with all the letters?

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Unread 03-06-2012, 08:46 PM
So what's the deal with all the letters?

Okay people, I see all these letters on people's profiles: tah bso, lsh, endo, dvh, leep, lah, blah blah blah. But here's the deal, what do you call what I'm haivng? I'm doing the davinci (dvH, right?), keeping my cervix and right ovary, and they're taking the rest. So what letters follow my dvH?? I think it's a bilateral salpingectomy, but not a bilateral oophorectomy. So what are my letters?
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Unread 03-06-2012, 08:56 PM
Re: So what's the deal with all the letters?


Here is a link to the abbreviations list: Abbreviations
Hope this helps!
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Unread 03-06-2012, 09:00 PM
Re: So what's the deal with all the letters?

Thanks, Sugarandspice! I'll have to see what I am.....
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Unread 03-06-2012, 09:01 PM
Re: So what's the deal with all the letters?



At this time, we haven't been differentiating between a partial and complete robotic assisted hysterectomy. In general, the women on the site tend to have a complete hysterectomy with the daVinci surgery type, but not all. So yes, you are having the dvH (dv stands for daVinci and the H is for hysterectomy) or the RALH meaning Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Hysterectomy. You may want to create a signature line that states something like partial DvH meaning you have retained your cervix.

Bilateral means both or two, so you aren't having a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of the ovary) or bilateral salpingectomy (removal of the fallopian tube). Instead, you are having an LSO--Left Salpingo-oophorectomy.

So you are having a partial DvH LSO or partial RALH LSO.

By the way, endo usually stands for endometriosis unless it is used with the word cancer, then it stands for endometrial cancer. LEEP is a loop electrosurgical excision procedure used to treat cervical dysplasia.

You can click on Hysterectomy Options in the purple bar to read more about each hysterectomy type and its letters. If you click on Quick Links in the purple bar, a drop down menu will appear and you can choose Abbreviations. That will take you to some of the most common abbreviations used on the site.

I hope this helps!

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Unread 03-06-2012, 09:05 PM
Re: So what's the deal with all the letters?

Thanks!!! Yay, so I am having a dvH, SAH, bilateral sapingectomy, LO (left oophorectomy)! Right? Woohoo. Thanks for the help! My signature line is going to be loonngg!! ;> They are taking both tubes, that messes my letters up
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Unread 03-06-2012, 11:05 PM
Re: So what's the deal with all the letters?

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Originally Posted by Anne2012 View Post
Okay people, I see all these letters on people's profiles: tah bso, lsh, endo, dvh, leep, lah, blah blah blah. But here's the deal, what do you call what I'm haivng? I'm doing the davinci (dvH, right?), keeping my cervix and right ovary, and they're taking the rest. So what letters follow my dvH?? I think it's a bilateral salpingectomy, but not a bilateral oophorectomy. So what are my letters?

I don't mean to laugh but I found this funny. See I am no expert on anything especially when it comes to the female anatomy.

My husband is the expert ~ if I don't know what body part I am reading about in a post, then I will just ask my husband.

I know I am having the daVinci (dvH, right?). I have given my doctor complete control and decision making on my cervix (she will remove unless to dangerous), along with ovaries and tubes (yada yada).
I'm glad I am not alone in the flow boat (pun intended).
Blessings,
J
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Unread 03-07-2012, 03:34 PM
Re: So what's the deal with all the letters?

No worries, humor was intended! We need all the light heartedness we can get our hands on I'm not sure if I got my letters right (in my signature line), but I guess I can always change them. Like maybe instead of "BS LO", it should be "LSO, RS." Is it better or worse to have "BS" in my byline?!
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Unread 03-07-2012, 05:53 PM
Re: So what's the deal with all the letters?

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Originally Posted by Anne2012 View Post
Thanks!!! Yay, so I am having a dvH, SAH, bilateral sapingectomy, LO (left oophorectomy)! Right? Woohoo. Thanks for the help! My signature line is going to be loonngg!!
It wouldn't be an SAH as that is a sub-total/supracervical (partial) abdominal hysterectomy and you are not having an abdominal hysterectomy but a daVinci robotic one.

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I'm not sure if I got my letters right (in my signature line), but I guess I can always change them. Like maybe instead of "BS LO", it should be "LSO, RS." Is it better or worse to have "BS" in my byline?!
I think I would use partial dvH/LSO-RS or similar over what you have currently.

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Unread 03-07-2012, 06:05 PM
Re: So what's the deal with all the letters?

The abbreviation that confuses me the most is ladies refering to their DH!

They are refering to their partner, so I have translated that to Dear Husband!

Not a clue if I am right, but it pleases me

My DH has been brilliant.

He is also the one that did the research. I just went ahead with fairly blind ignorance, happy that my surgeon knew what she was doing.
When I got the post op report I googled for translations, then promptly forgot all, but the essentials
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Unread 03-07-2012, 06:43 PM
Re: So what's the deal with all the letters?

Yes DH is dear husband
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