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Unread 04-28-2002, 08:50 PM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

As a large woman, I have concerns. I have been diagnosed with fibroids and adenomyosis. I have been bleeding since January even though I am on BC pills nonstop. I was sent to a specialist from my OB-GYN. I had pushed for a balloon ablation but was told that with the size of the uterus and fibroids it was not possible. Several options were addressed but most of them are considered experimental and therefore would not be covered by insurance. The best solution would be hysterectomy which I am all for. Two years ago I saw a female OB as a second opinion who said she would refuse to do a hyst on me because of my weight but would consider an ablation. I am due to see my regular OB/Gyn this week to pursue it. Has anyone had a similar problem?
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Unread 04-28-2002, 08:58 PM
Hyst v. Ablation

As far as the Ablation goes, it is not a 100% thing. Sometimes a Hyst is necessary afterward. I think the rate of success (where no hyst is necessary down the road) is 80%. Also, if there is any possibility that you have cancer, that will be ruled out first or they won't even consider ablation. Have you been able to research this procedure?
As far as a Hyst goes, I had one almost two years ago. I also have a "full figure" and did just fine. My doctor did a "bikini incision" on me, but I don't plan on wearing a bikini any time soon. LOL. I had multiple fibroids and my uterus was the size of a 10-week pregnancy. I already had a Stage Ib uterine cancer, but it was contained within the uterus so it was considered "cured" with the hysterectomy. I also had a borderline case of ovarian cancer, for which I still see my doctor every three months.
Best of luck in whatever surgery you have.
Unread 04-28-2002, 09:12 PM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

I am a large person who had a hysterectomy 5 weeks and 2 days ago. I have had an exceklent recovery and no problems with the surgery (apart from the fact that it took twice as long as anticipated due to endometriosis and adhesions).

I weighed 119kg (about 245lb) prior to surgery. This wasn't an issue for my doc as I was healthy in all other respects. I have since lost more than 20 lb because I have been eating healthily and walking every day. I feel so good now that I am sure that I will be able to lose even more weight.

Good luck with your surgery and recovery.

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Unread 04-28-2002, 10:30 PM
I am a large women

our Dr. is rediculous. I am a large women and I had a complete hysterectomy 6 weeks ago and I am doing fine. You might want to get a 2nd opinion.
Unread 04-29-2002, 05:45 AM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

I am also a large woman, and there was never any hint or discussion that weight might be an issue at all. I also had a bikini incision, and have lost about 25 pounts since the surgery due to better habits and being able to get out walking more. My surgery was about 8 1/2 weeks ago. I had no problems with healing - as a matter of fact, my doctor said that my incision healed much faster than he expected - I like to think part of it was due to my directing the flexible shower head at my incision a couple of times a day and letting very warm water massage it for a while - he agreed that may have helped. I went back to work on 1/2 days at 3 1/2 weeks, and full time at 6 1/2 weeks. I had a TAH and had no complications.
Unread 04-29-2002, 08:58 AM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

Hello ladies!

I am large and lovely as well. The only mention that my doctor made about weight was that I had to be extra careful to keep an eye on my incision to make sure it is healing ok.

Some doctors make everything about weight. You could go to see them for pink eye and they would find a way to make it about the scale.

Listen to your gut (sorry, no pun intended) and do what you think is right for you.

Take care. I hope everything works out well for you.
Unread 04-29-2002, 09:03 AM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

HI, P French,

I am also a woman of size. Two doctors told me that I definitely needed a hysterectomy, and then refused to perform the surgery because of my weight.

I suffered from extremely heavy vaginal bleeding, which lasted for months at a time. After trying various medical and minor surgical treatments, with no success, and visiting the ER for blood transfusions several times, I decided that I needed a new doctor.

I persisted, and found Dr. E. He's younger than the first two docs, and more patient-oriented. He examined me, read my long history, and told me that I definitely needed a hysterectomy. We discussed the details, and he performed my TVH/BSO. My surgery and recovery were uncomplicated, and I feel much better now.

If you need a hysterectomy, it's just a matter of finding the right doctor. Sometimes persistence pays off.

Good luck with your decision, and please don't give up. We are large, beautiful women, and we deserve the best in medical care.

Best wishes,
Unread 04-29-2002, 09:12 AM
Large Lovely Diva Issues

I also am a large women. My wonderful gyn just said to me that my fat is not going to stop her from doing this much needed surgery! She is a wonderful find. I have actually had Dr's tell me that I had sinus infections and flu because I am fat. I used to weigh 335, am down to 251, diabetic, but she is still going to do the surgery. THere are risks for anyone with surgery and she has made certain that I do NOT feel all negative about doing this. I just have a higher risk factor than most. I am so worried about weight gain after surgery, but I think that I work hard enough on diet and exercise that I should be able to control. We will see. THrough research I have come to discover that actually my weight gain since the onset of puberty has to do directly with my PCOS.

I refuse to see the Dr's that wont treat because they are biased about my weight. I pay for their services. If I buy a pair of shoes that doesn't fit, I exchange them.
Am I getting off on a rant?? sorry, it must be a mood swing !!
Unread 04-29-2002, 07:13 PM

I appreciate the kind thoughts. I agree. There is nothing more annoying than this type of prejudice. I was always trying to make sure it never happened in the medical office where I worked. I even had a friend who sews make me 3 king size gowns for my patients. They turned out beautifully. I was proud to be able to offer them to patients who embarrasingly said they couldn't get in the standard gowns. The look of relief was priceless.

The OB/GYN doctor I am seeing has not made any comments about weight. I will have to wait until Friday to see what he has to say. The previous remarks were made by a dr who was to be a second opinion 2 years ago. I think she was not interested and that was her way of getting out of it. When I think of it now, I do get perturbed. I can see now that it smacked of prejudice.
Unread 04-29-2002, 07:18 PM
I'm with Cathy

I agree with Cathy - we're paying them for a service - if they can't provide that service without prejudice, then we can take our business and our bodies elsewhere.

My doctor is very respectful - he is helping me lose weight, but he's never insulting or negative about it. I'd switch doctors otherwise.


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