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Unread 01-07-2003, 06:01 PM
Help any info about epidural for LAVH


I have to second Karen's suggestion. If it truly is cancer that you have (not just dysplasia or CIS), it might be a good idea at least to see a gyn/onc for a second opinion--even if you stay with your doc for the surgery. Those gyn/oncs really are up-to-date on the best surgical and treatment procedures. And sometimes, depending on your stage, they like to go in abdominally to kind of look around a little and see what everything looks like. Just to check it out.

A question about your laser treatment. Is it possible to have that done at the same time as your surgery? I also had bad cells on my vaginal wall--posterior wall and right at the entrance. I ended up with an abdominal hysterectomy and a vaginal resection--he took out about a 2 inch width of the vaginal wall and then stitched it back up. It was a tough recovery (having 2 incisions) but at least it was all over at once. Just a thought for you to look into.

I had my surgery under general with an epidural for sedation and pain management, so I can't really offer anything about having just an epidural for the surgery. I know some of the ladies really like it. I hope you found some help with the thread EM linked you to.

Good luck, Nurse! Please let us know how you are getting along.

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Unread 01-07-2003, 07:14 PM
Help any info about epidural for LAVH

the doctor stated it would be too painful to do both at the same time the cells on the outside of vagina were hyperplasia. I know what you are saying about the second opinion and I realized I should but,he believes he can get it all by vaginal hysterectomy! I am only scared because I have always had normal paps and never had one come back til this year and I always go every year!This year he did the thin prep and he did it twice and with colpscopy biospy! Just pray for me and if need be i am sure he will send me to gyn/ong He deals only in high risk cases! SO that does make me feel better. Please just pray for me!
Unread 01-07-2003, 07:22 PM
Help any info about epidural for LAVH

How kind of your doc to keep your pain levels in mind. It was very painful for me to have both done at the same time, but I had only limited time off available to me so I just did it all at once. Tough though!!! A few months after the TAH I had a vulvar biopsy done that showed a benign hyperplasia (it was on my inner labia--ouch). Fortunately, all has been well since that time, and I am hoping for many more years of normal PAPs.

Right now I go back every 3 months for follow-up. He does a ThinPrep with a sample from the vaginal cuff and another ThinPrep with a sample from the vaginal entrata. Then once a year we do a colposcopy examining EVERYTHING down there--inside and out. I feel pretty comfortable that if anything comes back, we'll catch it early.

I will certainly keep you in my 'ers. I hope all goes well for you. Just keep us posted as you feel up to it!

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Unread 01-09-2003, 05:32 PM

ohmygosh, your surgery is tomorrow. I hope you get this! I had a total, complete hysterectomy with an epidural, and it was EASY! Received morphine thru the epidural, so I had no stomach upset. I have problems with general, and was so frightened, and yet the surgery was fine. I was up and walking, with the medline, the next morning.

I remember the night before surgery - I was in the bathroom trying to use the fleet enema, and several friends called to wish me luck - their names - and this is honestly no lie - are Dee, Lee and Bea, all calling in quick succession. If hystersisters had funniest home videos, I'd definately would've have qualified that night!

I'll be thinking about you, and praying for you. The worst part is almost over! PLEASE let me know how you're doing.

Unread 01-09-2003, 07:11 PM
Help any info about epidural for LAVH

MindyLeigh, thanks I would like to know how long you had the epidural did you have it for pain afterwards or what and where your legs numb? How soon did you get up and walk? They didn't say anything about an enema or anything? I can't believe I finally found someone who had this done? THANK GOD Please reply or email me thanks nurse98
Unread 01-10-2003, 11:57 AM
Help any info about epidural for LAVH

I feel so bad that I was unable to email you again, prior to your surgery. I'm sure you're doing fine. Contact me and let me know your experience. I long to recommed this form of anesthesia to everyone, but I know each individual has to make there own decisions.

Walking the morning after surgery. My legs were fine. Anesthesiologist disconnected the numbing meds and then I just had morphine. Continued for almost two days, but I dropped the little med box I was carrying when I was in the bath, and broke the line. It was d/c'd, then pills. Surgery on Monday, home on Friday. Took ibuprofen from Saturday on, and went to a fourth of July event in our downtown area - lots of walking, but not too fast!


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