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First meeting with surgeon, went good First meeting with surgeon, went good

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Unread 04-20-2012, 09:10 PM
First meeting with surgeon, went good

I had my first meeting this morning (9:30) with my surgeon.

The surgeon was referred by my ob/gyn because she herself does not do DaVinci hysterectomies. When I expressed interest in this approach, she confirmed that I would be an ideal candidate and referred me to a doctor who uses the robotic-assisted method.

I was nervous about meeting him. This is the first time I've had a male doctor of any sort since I was a child. Not that I had any hard-and-fast rules about male doctors, but when it came to my health as a women I've always believed that female ob/gyns made sense and male ob/gyns didn't. I've never understood how someone who isn't a woman can effectively care for women to a high degree. That may seem harsh, but that is my point of view.


My original ob/gyn recommended him because his office is more organized and prompt than the female referral she also had in mind. So far, I've found this to be true.

I was able to meet with the new doctor within 3 days of my visit with my original ob.

This doctor is interesting -- he got right to the point of things and has a very data-driven mindset -- which calmed because I tend to be that way myself. He mentioned that he is selective about who he does the daVinci method on -- he doesn't feel that absolutely everyone is a good candidate. He referenced another doctor in town who does them as a rule with every hysterectomy they perform.

He also determined that I was anemic. My iron levels are at a 9 and he said they should be at a 13; so I'm down 25%. I obtained some iron supplements after my appointment to start raising my blood back up.

He said that his office will send in the necessary paperwork to my insurance and as soon as they get approval they can get something scheduled. So I'm looking at the end of May/early June. He always does surgeries on Mondays, which makes sense. So I have the whole rest of the week to contact him if need be.

He surmises at this point that I should expect to a 2 to 4 week range for recovery.

Man, I sure hope so.

I'm going to keep my ovaries. And, he strongly advised keeping my cervix (without my prompting) -- he said since I've never had children my cervix is fairly rigid and inflexible so that helps the case even more. This would help with any future potential of prolapse and if I did need it to come out at some point it can be done very quickly.

He said my uterus is 5 times the mass of a typical uterus. It's approx. 450 grams and a typical uterus is around 80 grams. My uterus is also 2 to 2.5 times larger in volume than a typical uterus. It's apparently enormous.


Just can't wait, ladies. Just can't wait.

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Unread 04-20-2012, 09:43 PM
Re: First meeting with surgeon, went good

I'm 2 weeks post op DaVinci. I'm still on the recliner most of the time barely able to do much more than take care of my own personal needs. We all recover at different rates, so I don't want to tell you you won't be better in 2 weeks. I just wanted to give you my experience so you can better prepare yourself. daVinci is great. I have 5 small incisions instead of one huge abdominal incision. Besides the belly incision, there isn't much difference in the recovery of DaVinci and the other types of surgery. They still do all the same things inside and you need to rest to properly heal and recover as to not cause damage requiring repair surgeries. I'm 47, so may be another reason I am not recovering as fast. Keep reading the post op recovery threads on this website, all of them, not just davinci. The better prepared your home and family are before surgery the easier your recovery will be. My doctor told me to expect 6-8 weeks before I'm back to some what normal. Better for you to prepare your self for a longer recovery and be surprised later if it is shorter,than to expect to be all better at 2 weeks and not be prepared. There is a post op thread titled" DaVinci pros and cons" that is a few weeks old. see if you can find that and scroll through it. It has several different posts on it about recovery and such.
Unread 04-21-2012, 12:00 AM
Re: First meeting with surgeon, went good

You're right, I need to make sure I prepare for a longer recovery, in case it does take my body longer to bounce back.

My surgeon didn't promise or guarantee anything, he was giving me a suggested range based on my age (32) and my health is fair otherwise.

I guess I also really want it to not take a long time to recover, so I may be trying to "will" a certain recovery time. But, I really need to keep reminding myself to allow my body the time and pacing it needs.

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