Local Couple Makes Push To Ban Morcellation

I had not heard about this procedure as an option. Perhaps, it is more common in the States? It sounds like some hospitals are reconsidering offering it though. Read on for more information.

CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Uterine fibroids are one of the most common health problems women face. The treatment options have usually been considered pretty routine.

Now there are new concerns about a widely used procedure for fibroids known as morcellation. The fear is it can spread cancer.

Amy Reed of Needham is now going through chemotherapy because she has stage 4 leimyosocarcoma. “It was very hard initially,” she said. “The level of anxiety is horrible.”

It is not the outcome she expected to face after going into Brigham and Women’s Hospital last October to have fibroids removed.

Instead of full abdominal surgery, Amy’s doctor used a morcellator, which is a minimally invasive approach. The tumors are shredded into pieces and extracted thru a small tube.

As Amy went into the hospital, she wasn’t worried. “My level of anxiety was relatively low . . . I’ve known people who’ve had fibroids, family…

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I’m a Naughty Little Cheater

I find there are no shortage of horror stories of hysterectomies gone wrong, especially online. However, for me, and many people I have spoken too, this surgery went extremely well for them, with many, including me, feeling so much better after it all. It sounds like the blogger below might also be in that camp, as she says she almost forgot she had the surgery less than 6 weeks after having it. This isn’t to minimize the challenges that some people face of course, but just to remind us that things can and do go well for many hysterectomy patients.

The Eat and Run Mom

I did a potentially bad thing that turned out okay today – I actually ran a little. Just a little. And it didn’t hurt one bit. Well, the ankles got a bit sore but nothing in the abdomen gave me any trouble.

I feel like a bit of a cheater though, because technically I really shouldn’t start running at all until the 6th week is complete, and today is just the beginning of the 6th week so one might say it’s a bit soon. However, I think I am basically healed up. I haven’t even seen so much as a drop of blood in almost 3 weeks, and never anything more than transient pain (gas, I think) for about as long, so I can only think I’m probably close enough to where it’s probably okay.

I started my treadmill workout with 5 minutes of brisk walking, then ran 1 minute…

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Endometrial Ablation – a personal view

I have been happy to see that there are more people blogging about their experiences with hysterectomies. However, there still seems to be so little information on this procedure – endometrial ablation. This was one of the options offered to me when I was dealing with these issues but it was so hard to find any information. Since I did not end up getting this procedure done, I hope others, such as this woman, continue to blog about it so the information gets out there.

Lullingstone Photography

This week I underwent a gynaecological procedure called an endometrial ablation.

Without going into too much detail, it was because I had been having really heavy periods to the point that it was difficult to function and no medication made any difference to the pain or flow.

My gynaecologist advised that this procedure should help with this ( and with the endometriosis that causes the problems) and it was pretty much this or a hysterectomy. At the age of 44, and with only 1 ovary, I thought I should try it.

The procedure itself was straight forward and uncomplicated and you can read more about the procedure here.

I had done a lot of research about this on the internet and most forums seemed to have entries by “super women” who say that they have had the procedure done and been back to work and back to normal the next…

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Storm Before The Calm

It is remember to remember the calm when you’re in the middle of the storm!

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Have you paid much attention to this fact:  There is a calm BEFORE and a calm AFTER the storm. The decision I’m trying to make regarding this is whether I would prefer the storm first and then the calm or the calm first and then the storm. Hmmmm….. Either way, there may be damage done but when you think about it, you really have two calms’ and just one storm (in the middle somewhere).

I think with this hysterectomy thing, I experienced the calm before and now I’m about to experience the calm afterwards. I’m celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary tomorrow.  Although I haven’t been released by my doctor for my six weeks exam, I feel really good about celebrating this year. All I could do before I had the surgery was think about what it would be like after the surgery.  Now that I’ve had the surgery, all I…

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“Well, That Sucks”

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When I was about 34 years old, and yes, I can still remember back that far, I went to the doctor for a check up. I went to, what I like to call, the Slide Down Doctor. That is a gynecologist. I call her this because she always walks in, says hello, and then says, “Slide down”.

For any men, or women for that matter, who are reading this, I should warn you, I am perfectly comfortable with discussing body parts, male or female, and if you are uncomfortable with this, you should stop reading now.

So, those of you who are left to read the rest of this, here we go. I’m lying there butt-naked under a flimsy little paper piece of shit that is supposed to cover me up but would only do the job if I was the size of a normal five year old. She proceeds…

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Resuming Life

Finding Hope In Change

In keeping with the theme of “I’m going to be honest and document my journey through menopause”‘ this post may be TMI for some so please read with that in mind.

At my final (6 week) post-op appointment the nurse told me that we could resume sexual activity – but with a bit of caution. She said that each doctor views the vaginal healing period differently; while some doctors think 6 weeks is a sufficient amount of time for healing, others are more inclined to say 8 weeks. The issue is that the pressure during vaginal intercourse can cause pain if activity occurs too soon after surgery so a longer healing time period is beneficial.

Initially I thought we’d start having sex again within a few days but shortly thereafter all I could think about was the potential pain issue. Who wants to go through when they’re making love to their spouse? Not me. So…

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