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Unread 04-08-2003, 09:17 AM

Today I went to my GP, because I still haven't got rid of my cathether induced bladder infection (I'm now 2 weeks post-op). I asked if he had received a report back from the Gynae, and what was in it. He told me that I had had a TOTAL hyst, I no longer have anything. I went into hospital expecting to have my uterus and possibly my cervix removed, and now I discover that they have removed everything, not to mention manhandling my poor bladder - the fibroids had attached themselves to it. There is no point shouting about it, and it is probably better in the long run, but I'm still in shock. Has this happened to anyone else out there? I'm only going back to the Gynae in 4 weeks for my check up and actually I don't want to. Everything went fine with the op, I went in Tuesday morning and was home in bed on Thursday afternoon, so there were no complications or anything but WOW!!
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Unread 04-08-2003, 09:27 AM

I think you need to clarify terminology with your doctor. A "total hysterectomy" IS removal of the uterus and cervix (actually this is one organ, not two). Do you mean your ovaries were removed also? (this is not a hysterectomy; it's an oophorectomy). If your gynecologist removed your ovaries, did he/she say why? If he/she did remove your ovaries, why was there no discussion about hormone replacement?

Bladder infections are fairly common, and when fibroids are attached to yuor bladder, things do get tricky (in my case the gyn called in a urologist for help).

You may want to talk to your gyn before your appointment to clear up any issues you have with him/her.
Unread 04-08-2003, 09:33 AM

Hi Taans
that would be a surprise to find out from your GP and not your gyn. Didn't he come in to your hospital room and talk to you and tell you after surgery or the next day.... or put you on any hormones? It seems odd but not the end of the world. I'm glad you are doing well and hope you shake that bladder infection soon. They can really be a bummer! Karlene

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