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Question about our NEW anatomy? Question about our NEW anatomy?

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Unread 08-20-2002, 06:46 PM
Question about our NEW anatomy?

Hello Ladies,

I actually posted these questions within another post that is quite old and didn't get any responses. I thought if I moved up here to the newer posts that someone would come along who could offer some knowledge.

My 1st question is: Before I had my hyst, my DR would use the dreaded speculum to open the vaginal walls to get a clearer look into my cervix and uterus. I no longer have either one of those, so why is he still using the speculum and to look at what? There's nothing there anymore. Is he just partial to this instrument? Because I'm not!

My 2nd question is : Prior to my Hyst. my DR was able to do the dreaded insertion of his fingers and then push around on my tummy in order to feel my ovaries, now.......I went in post hyst because of complications with a cyst and he did the dreaded finger insertion thing and couldn't feel a cyst the size of a tennis ball on my ovary, we had to do an ultrasound in order for him to get ANY info on the cyst. So my question is.......How are we going to know in the future if we are having a problem with our ovaries (cysts, cancer, endo) if our DR's now are unable to palpate them with their fingers and aren't even able to feel them at all.

I might be wrong here and I hope I am, someone please correct me, but it seems to me that the only thing our Dr's (GYN) can tell about our female anatomy now that we've had a hyst is what the tissue inside our vaginas look like. For those of us who kept an ovary or ovaries, do we need to schedule annual ultrasounds to have the health of our ovaries evaluated?

Whew, sorry so long! Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks for all of your input.

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Unread 08-20-2002, 06:58 PM
Question about our NEW anatomy?

I don't have the answer on this one. But I'm really looking forward to hearing from others. I had an ultrasound before my surgery and was told I had a tennis ball sized fibroid and they could not find my ovary at all due to the mass. The fibroid turned out to be 6 inches in diameter and I'm really wondering what they'll be able to tell in the future.
Unread 08-20-2002, 08:56 PM
Question about our NEW anatomy?

Dawn, I believe they use the dreaded speculum post-op to look at your vaginal cuff, to make sure it is healing properly. My Dr. also told me I would still need annual pap smears, to check for vaginal cancer. I assume they use a speculum for that?

As for not being able to feel the cysts on your ovaries, that would worry me. I think that's why so many doctors take them out, especially if you have a history of cysts. My ovaries weren't functioning anyway, so out they went. In your case, I'll bet your Dr. will recommend regular ultrasounds. If he/she doesn't, I would ask.
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Unread 08-20-2002, 09:02 PM
Question about our NEW anatomy?

Well, I can offer an opinion, but that's all it is.

I read on here once that someone described what's left as a empty cardboard paper towel roll that was folded over on one end and sewed off. I know there's so much more to it than that, but that has made sense to me.

When I was about 3 weeks post, I ended up having a cuff infection, which I figured out was the end of the cardboard tube. So when ole Doc puts the spreader in, he can see where it's sewed off, make sure everything looks "normal" (no redness, swelling, etc).

Also, my PCP was talking to me one day about still getting paps. He wanted to know what my Gyn suggested, and I told him she said I still needed them regularly, because of the possibilty of vaginal cancer. He said that you can get vaginal cancer, but most likely, if you did, it wouldn't be found on a pap. He said that normally it needs to be "visualized". They actually have to see it to know it's there.

I didn't keep my ovaries, so can't give any input there.
Unread 08-21-2002, 02:01 PM
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I also had a tennis ball size cyst on my ovary which the dr could not feel in her yearly exam. My mother passed away from ovarian cancer so my dr always spent alot of time feeling my ovaries. My grandmother also had cervical cancer. Because of my family history I decided I wanted an pelvic ultrasound done yearly just to put my mind at ease. Lo and behold two complex cyst were found and two weeks on later on 8/6 I had a TAH/BSO. Luckily everything turned out benign.

My dr said I would need a pap smear every two year to check for
Vaginal cancer and to check the very small cuff of cervix for cancer. Dr says these are very rare cancers but still need to be te
sted. Best of luck to you.

Unread 08-21-2002, 02:03 PM
Question about our NEW anatomy?

That's a good question, one that I'll have to ask my doc when I go for my check-up on 6 Sept. Hopefully, you'll have an answer by then.

Take care!

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