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Unread 01-24-2002, 11:38 AM
What to chose

Hello hello my new sisters! I'm so so so happy to have found you!!

My question is this, IF I have the option, what would be the quickest recovery time and hopefully less painful a TVH or TAH.

Keep in mind it's the whole kit and kabodle cervex, ovaries, uterus, and whatever else they may decide to take.

What would you chose, if you can or could have?

Surgery's set for Feb. 27th so I still may have time to convince my doc.

Thanks ladies
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Unread 01-24-2002, 12:07 PM
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I can relate to your situation. I decided to have the AH bikini cut and took the ovaries because of lage cysts, but kept my Cervix. I did research to support the keeping of a perfectly healthy cervix for bladder support and a little more lubercation for sexual use. I am all for that! My surgery was Jan. 11, 02, just 13 days ago. I feel ssoooogood. I don't have the flooding I experienced for years and the major pelvic pain is gone. Of course I have the pain from the surgery, but I know it is short lived. I also use the Climara patch and have found it to be wonderful. Everyone is so different so you must go into the surgery thing well educated and with a positive attitude. This website has been the best way to find out about different experiences. I have also enjoyed it durnig my recovery. Remember as a thousand hystersisters have said
"the waiting IS the worst part" of course the GAS is bad too for a couple of days.

I wish you the best ,and happy research,

Unread 01-24-2002, 03:13 PM
hi Savy2

I had a TVH leaving the ovaries.
I am now 7 weeks post-op and I am feeling great. I was wheeled into surgery at 4pm and was back in my room by 8pm (they were running behind). The doctors tryed to do a spinal but they couldnt get the needle between the bones, so they just did a general after about 6 trys.
There was some pain afterwards like you would expect, but I did have a couple of morphine shots(I didnt have the clicker after surgery) which settled that. I slept most of the night on a off, but was comfortable.
The next morning the only pain I had was like cramps. I had suffered from the for years so they werent anything different.
I was sitting and walking short distances the next day, after they took out the drains and cath I was walking every hour.
My recovery has been great, I just had my check-up and everything has healed so I was told to return to a normal life, but I think my life is better now then it ever was before.
I wouldnt change a thing.

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Unread 01-24-2002, 04:04 PM

I am glad to hear your doing so well. Where you in the hospital 24 hours? DD told me thats what I should expect. I am having TVh too. Possible ovaries out, it's my decision, and I'm only 95 % sure thats what I wish for. Take it easy and rest!
Unread 01-26-2002, 04:04 PM
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I was in hospital 1 day shy of a week, but I have other health problems. I was placed in and taken off all my med's, as I have been taking Warfarin (blood thinners).
I am glad that I was able to have a TVH, some ladies here even say the recovery is easier then TAH. I was only really in discomfort that first night, after that I didnt need anything for pain.
But what I have read it is only 1 to 2 days in the hospital for those that dont have any problems.

Unread 01-26-2002, 05:02 PM
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I was scheduled for, and would have preferred a LAVH/BSO, but when DR went in with the scope, he discovered that my uterus was too large to remove vaginally and converted to TAH/BSO. My recovery went very well, I was back to work at 6 weeks, and I now feel great. The healing is the same on the inside for both procedures, but with the abdominal, you also have additional healing with the large incision.

Best of luck to you.
Unread 01-26-2002, 06:47 PM
I vote for the TAH

TAHs are cool. I was freaked out when I first decided on one, but there are a lot of good points about them.

My doctor says TAHs are the least risky. It's easier to see what they're doing, and if any little thing does go wrong it's simple to fix it during a TAH. I had asked about having a TLH, or LAVH, because I'd heard recovery was quicker, and he said "What's an extra week or two of recovery compared to the rest of your life?" So I went with the TAH.

There is a scar from the TAH (mine is about 5-1/2"), but it's not at all obvious. My TAH incision is inconspicuous, very low, and would never show with anything I'd want to wear, including bikinis.

For a TVH they position you in what's charmingly called the "frog leg position", which is just what it sounds like. Your legs would be supported by high-tech padded "splints", but I've still heard of sisters having hip or lower back troubles from being in that position for so long. The TAH is a "closed leg procedure". It might be silly, but somehow I found that a less intrusive, more "dignified" idea - you're just laying flat on your back like a normal person.

The TAH doesn't require any fussing around with your personal private parts. I kinda liked that idea. And less risk of discomfort there afterward. The incision for the TAH does take out some nerves, which is handy - things are mostly just numb for the first two weeks, then a little stinging when the nerves starts to hook up again. It sounds pretty scary to have a big cut on your belly, but it's really not so bad.

I had some nerve pain (nerve caught in a stitch) after my TAH. Frankly, a little burning or numbness on my lower belly doesn't bother me, but I'd hate to have the same sensations in any areas that are a little more important to enjoying life, if you get my drift. Of course, you end up with a cut and stitches at the end of the vagina either way, but with the TAH it doesn't involve any stretching, bruising, fussing, or other trauma.

Besides, people around you won't give you any lip about having that kind of hyst that lets you get back to work in under a week. (By the way, my grandma-in-law had a TVH about 30 years ago - still going strong at 89.) I think recovery is really about the same either way, but somehow people think if you don't have an incision that your surgery was done with lasers and spells, and shouldn't really slow you down.
Unread 01-26-2002, 07:29 PM
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Dear Candice,

The type of surgery you have will depend on your symptoms AND your doc's level of surgical skills. Less cutting & pasting can certainly mean less risk & opportunity for complications (and even less pain).

Any of the less-invasive surgeries can turn into abdominal surgery depending on what transpires in the O.R.

Keep reading & posting... get smart about your symptoms and your options, and make the best choice for YOU.

I am sending huge cyberhugs
Unread 01-26-2002, 10:18 PM
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If I had a choice I would vote for none. We are losing so much by having this surgery. Why can't they offer us some easy solution?
Unread 01-26-2002, 10:39 PM
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But we can gain so much, too.

I "lost" an organ I never wanted, never needed, that only caused me pain and worry for most of my life. I "lost" bleeding 2-3 weeks out of the month, being stuck in the house 3-4 days every period. I "lost" having to turn clients away because I could not even make it through a meeting, or drive to their offices. I "lost" a pretty uncomfortable and icky sex life. I "lost" being limited in my choices of careers and other activities. And I "lost" being on BCPs, painkillers, feeling "sick" all the time, the fear that I would just get worse and worse, catching every little illness that came along, being run-down all the time.... Yep, my sense of loss is pretty strong there...

But seriously, I got my life back, I got my health back, I got my work back, I got my future back, and I got freedom to choose what I want to do on any given day. All that in exchange for giving up an annoying little organ about the size of my fist.

Everyone feels different about this. If you have been hoping to have children, for instance, I can see how this could really be heartbreaking. If there someone you can talk to - a pastor or counselor, or just a friend - to help you sort things out? Sometimes it helps to talk to someone you trust, who knows you.

Best of luck. I know it can be tough.

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