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Unread 03-29-2012, 01:42 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy and scared (severe adhesions)

Hey Kathy, yes I will do a bowl prep. The colon surgeon is actually going to be in the operating room with my GYN during surgery so he will be there no matter what my GYN runs into with my colon. As far as I know I am keeping my cervix. He wants to keep one ovary if possible because of estrogen but doubts he will be able to. I have mixed feelings about that because if there is a chance he would have to back in there later I would rather he go ahead and take it all now. I worry about taking estrogen though because of cancer. I am a little concerned about sex after hysterectomy. I have heard mixed feelings on this issue. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. You will never know how much it helps. Thanks!!!
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Unread 03-29-2012, 01:46 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy and scared (severe adhesions) did things go with the cervix removal? I am a little stressed...ya just a little....about the vaginal cuff. Can't seem to wrap my mind around it....
Unread 03-29-2012, 02:46 PM
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Traciej17 I wish I could have kept one ovary! I am taking HRT. What they don't tell you when you are in surgical menopause is the insomnia! My doctor says that typically women go through menopause at 53 1/2. As I am 48 he will keep me on it for only a couple more years. He made me wait until my 6 week appointment before starting the HTR. Some women don't need it. I agree with you that if they need to take it do. I really wouldn't want to go through this again. Mine were so heavily scarred they couldn't keep anything. Do you have risks in your family of cancer? Share with your doctor your concerns. Sounds like you are in great hands!
Someone on this site explained it as sewing the end of a sock together.
I had both a vertical incision as well as the vaginal cuff. I was worried I wouldn't, trying to be delicate, feel the same. My husband and I have only been married 8 years and well, I hope you understand what I am saying. I was having a lot of pain during sex. That is gone!
It is possible to see a stitch when they are dissolving when you go to the bathroom. I had several problems with my cervix in the past so it had to go. My doctor explained the complications that could occur if they had to go in and remove the cervix later. That part of the surgery seemed to heal the fastest with less pain. If you have specific questions, I will do me best to answer them.
I hope you both have wonderful doctors that you can talk to, supportive family and a couple of good books to read!
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Unread 03-29-2012, 03:03 PM
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Kathy I am only 40. So I would have to be on it a while possibly. No history of cancer in my family so that is a plus. I have discussed it with my doctor who is great and has answered all my questions and he says the studies of taking estrogen alone are not that bad for cancer, it is when you take progesterone and estrogen together is when the cancer studies are worse. I dread the insomnia, I do not sleep well at all now and sometimes I already feel like I have hot flashes. Hopefully it will not be too bad.
Unread 03-29-2012, 03:14 PM
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Thanks so helps knowing that the recovery wasn't so bad. It just sounded so horrible to chopping the top off of a carrot! I have had numerous episiotomies so I am sure it is much like healing from that. Is it typical to have two surgeons present? My date was postponed to accommodate the schedule of a second surgeon who is not an OB but a GYN and GYN Surgeon. Interesting that alot of women do seem to have more than one. Your thoughts? As for the insomnia, I was given Ambien this week because my anxiety level is so high sleep was not an option...and it works wonders. I highly recommend it. Thanks's almost over!
Unread 03-29-2012, 03:18 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy and scared (severe adhesions)

LittleStar 31-- I am having two surgeons in with me. It makes you feel better knowing you have two qualified surgeons in there with you. I will have my regular GYN and then a colon surgeon because my doctor believes my colon is definitely involved. I just may have to get some of that Ambien. I could probably use some right now. I think the stress of this surgery coming up is definitely affecting my sleep. Hugs and prayers for you. I hope everything goes great for you.
Unread 03-29-2012, 03:22 PM
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Thanks tracie...right back at ya! I got the Ambien on Monday night and have been sleeping like a baby every night since. I only sleep this well under anesthesia! I am not sure if it is for long term use but I got a 14 day supply. One little pill at 9:00 and I am out for the night...I no longer even get up to pee! I tell you...angels sing after you take it! I will be sure to check back in next week once I get situated. Comp is on the first floor but bedroom and bathroom are on the second floor. I hate laptops and patience for small print! Feel better!
Unread 03-29-2012, 03:24 PM
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I will be excited to hear back from you. GOOD LUCK Darlin
Unread 03-29-2012, 03:29 PM
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BTW, if you have time and the choice is yours...I would definitely recommend the research study offered on the pre-op page about whether or not to keep your ovaries. It was a great representation of both the pros and cons. Again, much like the cervix removal...I was clueless. It is truly worth your time and efforts. Feeling the good thoughts and appreciating them greatly...
Unread 03-29-2012, 03:46 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy and scared (severe adhesions)

I loved Ambiant pre op! I called it my magic white pill. Did not help 3 weeks post op. the doctor increased the dosage and gave me a timed release one. Last night was the first night without it. I am praying for success.
As far as two surgeons, I love the idea! More eyes looking out after me! I had the OBGYN and a urologist. My bladder had prolapsed.
Best of luck to both of you. Keep in touch!

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