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Unread 01-23-2002, 06:54 PM
Scar Question and Body Questions

Thank you Karen!
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Unread 01-25-2002, 09:13 AM

Tina, I don't know what kind of hysterectomy I am having. Is there more than one? I just know he is taking the uterus, the cervix (how the heck do you spell it?) and leaving the ovaries.

Why can't they take it through the cervix like I read about? Then there would be no scar.

Some of you had long scars (like 8 inches). Six inches seems too much to me. I am not liking this. Even if it is in the pubic area, can the hair hide it?

Now the up and down cut seems good but someone said that did not heal as well. I like that idea.

They have scar silicone patches, I wonder if that wouldn't be a good idea.

Thank you all for replying. I am reading your replies with great appreciation.
Unread 01-25-2002, 10:09 AM
Types of hysterectomy

Hi Anasthasia,
I encourage you to speak with your doc on whether or not a LAVH can be done over an abdominal incision. Depending on whether the doctor feels he or she can remove the uterus thru the vagina is usually the deciding factor. LAVH stands for a laproscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy. You will still have at least one if not several lap site scars (about 1 1/4 inches each )where the scope is passed for the doctor to view the uterus in order to remove it. Sometimes women have large fibroids and the option to use the vaginal exit no longer exists, hence the need for an abdominal incision. My own abdominal incision is about 3/4 of an inch above the pubic hair line.
In my line of work, as an OB/GYN, I do see women up and about quicker with a LAVH over and abdominal incision, and everyone is different. Good Luck and talk to that doctor.
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Unread 01-25-2002, 10:10 AM
Scar Question and Body Questions

Hi AnastasiaRose,

The best thing I've found is frequent reading on this site. You become so informed and empowered. And keep asking questions too. There are so many helpful people here.
In my own opinion, a scar is nothing compared to the relief from pain and problems so many women suffer from. Scarring does sound like a serious issue for you though. The best thing is to discuss the options with your doctor.

I have a bikini line scar, right over my c-section scar from 10 years ago. No, the pubic hair does not cover it. But bathing suits and underwear do.

Good luck to you.
Unread 01-25-2002, 10:41 AM
vitamin E oil

Hey everyone, there isn't very many places out there to buy vitamin E oil that is like in a container. The best way to get it is to buy the liquid filled capsules that you would take orally, and just take one out, use a needle to make a hole in one end and squeeze the oil out. It doesn't take very much of it to go a long way.

Please check with your doctor before applying vitamin E, to find out when it will be safe to apply.

Good Luck!!
Unread 01-26-2002, 07:10 AM
Scar Question and Body Questions

I'm pretty sure you have to wait until it's all healed up to apply anything! I waited until there was only a thin line that was completely closed. I definitely agree you should check with the

Unread 01-26-2002, 08:36 AM
Scar Question and Body Questions

Hi Again AnastasiaRose,

I just wanted to drop in and see what the other ladies have said about your question, and as always, the advise it wonderful! ALWAYS make sure you check with your DR before using/taking ANYTHING!! That is so important!

On that note, while I was in the Chat Room yesterday, a discussion started about scars. A couple of ladies mentioned that they have used EMU oil. I have never heard of this this oil. Why don't you add that to your list of questions you'll be asking your Dr about. Stop into the Chat Room too, there you'll be able to talk with WONDERFUL ladies that I had mentioned above!

Best of luck to you, and please let us know what your Dr says.

Tons of 's,
Unread 01-26-2002, 06:35 PM
Scar Question and Body Questions

I read somewhere on this site within the past week about a new closure for incisions using something that I think is called surgical glue. The ladies who wrote about it were raving about how well their incisions were healing. You might use the purple search button and search for that, or perhaps some of the ladies with a medical background could comment about that!

Good luck with your decision and surgery.

Unread 01-26-2002, 07:03 PM
Scar Question and Body Questions

I had a TAH (abdominal hysterectomy), with a horizontal incision. My scar is about 5-1/2", and as low down on my belly as you could go without actually hitting bone. Really low. I could (except for fat and modesty) wear a really skimpy bikini.

A TVH (vaginal hysterectomy) would leave no scar at all.

Do discuss it with your doctor - make sure he/she understands your priorities.

A lot of doctors (and women) recommend LAVHs (laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomies) or LHs (laparoscopic-only hysterectomies). Sometimes the recommendation is made because there are smaller incisions, and "less scarring". But I had a laparoscopic tubal ligation 6 weeks before my hyst, and I gotta say I'm not happy about the scar at all. I used to have a perfectly decent belly button, but now it has this 1" bright pink thick raised line coming down from it. I could stand a scar that just looks like "a scar", like from a cut or injury, but this doesn't, it looks like "Oh my God, what's wrong with your belly button?" I'm not very particular about my looks generally (never wear makeup, nails untrimmed, etc.) but I'm actually thinking of seeing if there is some kind of laser scar reduction that could be done on that one.

In any case, talk to your doctor. Let's assume you are a professional model. Even if you have to have a TAH, and even if the scar will be short, and low down, maybe your doc could bring in a plastic surgeon to carefully stitch up the incision, instead of doing the standard "enough staples to hold it together" kind of thing. Also ask about Mederma - a gel to "reduce the appearance of scars". It's not cheap, and you have to remember to apply it like 4x/day, but it's not like you'd be using it forever - just a few months. I got some, but can't seem to remember to keep up with applying it...

If you need a hyst, there has to be a way to make it work for you. Talk to your doctor about how to make it happen.
Unread 10-24-2004, 04:28 PM
How your body feels after hysterectomy

Hi Anatasia.

Kind of new here, but I had my hysterectomy almost a year ago. (2/04) and for me, the scars are o.k. except for the one that's down in the bikini area. That's the one that still itches from time to time. The organs just shift themselves around and they don't cave in. The sex gets better!! That's my experience from having mine. Hoped I helped you out in some way.

Mary Beckard

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