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Pre-Op Mammogram? Pre-Op Mammogram?

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Unread 01-24-2002, 07:16 AM
Pre-Op Mammogram?

Hi, everyone. Did any of you ladies who had been bad girls and not had a mammogram for a few years prior to surgery have to have one before your surgery? My doctor's office called this morning and told me I needed to have one before my surgery. I wondered if this was standard practice or not. I guess I'm a little paranoid because of the complex cyst(s) on my right ovary, and I've started trying to read too much into everything!

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Unread 01-24-2002, 07:59 AM
Pre-Op Mammogram?

This is just a guess but, if you haven't had one in a few years, they might want you to have one now simply because you will be recuperating for a while and it's easy to let it slide even longer. This way it's finished and you probably don't need another for at least a year.

I know my doctor wanted to be sure I was up to snuff on all of the "usual" annual stuff.

Paranoid? I personally don't think it's paranoia at all--just normal nerves and stuff.

You'll find lots of support for all you are feeling here and this is a great place to ask exactly this kind of question. Chat is another place that I have found to be very helpful and warm and welcoming so I recommend that to anyone in need of a little "boost"!

Good luck and best wishes for smooth sailing and a speedy recovery!

Unread 01-24-2002, 09:20 AM
Hi Louboo

I have had to have a mamogram each year for years because of some things they found in my first wasn't any thing but I still have to have one. Also they may want a bench so that if you have to take hrt they can have something to go back to after your hyst and hrt to compare it to. Nerves gets us all read what ever you like in to everything from your DR. Ask those questions to them and here. I am a firm believer in being well informed about what is going to happen to me. God bless. and
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Unread 01-24-2002, 10:39 AM
Pre-Op Mammogram?

I had already had one, one month prior to being told that I needed a hysterectomy. However, the gynecological oncologist wanted to make sure I'd had one as one of his questions.

My huge (volleyball size) uterine tumor wound up being a benign, degenerating fibroid.
Unread 01-24-2002, 11:09 AM
Pre-Op Mammogram?

I had never had a mammogram, probably due to my age (37), before my hyst. My surgeon had me get one as a "baseline", for future reference, and just to be sure there weren't any problems. After hearing so many horror stories about mammograms, especially for those of us who are not "well-endowed", I was pleasantly surprised. The tech was very good. All in all, I'd take a mammogram over a pap any day.
Unread 01-24-2002, 01:14 PM
Pre-Op Mammogram?

I just happened to have a mammo a few days before my hyster. Then as I was recouperating at home I got the letter that said they wanted me back for "additional views". Yeah, right I said. I wasn't going anywhere until I felt better. A few weeks later I went for those "additional views". The tech didn't squish 'em enough the first time. There were no problems, thank God. The radiologist told me to come back in 6 months. Since I'm on HRT this next mammo will probably serve as the new baseline for future mammos. He said that after a hyst the breasts become more dense-but then my gyn's nurse said it was that the breasts get less dense. well.... one or the other. Anyway the breast tissue changes, that's all I know. Maybe that's one of the reasons your DR ordered one.

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