What I feared most BEFORE my hysterectomy.

I think she makes a good point here about being careful to avoid the ‘fear arena’ that is online regarding hysterectomies. It is one thing to be informed and prepared. It is a whole other thing to suffer from unnecessary panic due to ‘horror’ stories online. Really, your doctor is likely your best source of accurate information that is specific to you.

da Vinci Total Hysterectomy

I have to write this down now because all the fears of having a hysterectomy never came true and I’m forgetting what I felt prior to my surgery.

I feared … and this is in no particular order …

  • feeling different … I didn’t know how I would feel afterwards, but I feared feeling different.  I knew what monthly dysmenorrhea felt like and I’d been dealing with it for decades.
  • not feeling orgasms … although I was reassured by my GYN surgeon and numerous internet articles that orgasms still happened after hysterectomy, I thought I might be that one who would have problems.  This fear probably came on the heel of reading the HERS site: http://www.hersfoundation.com  I recommend looking and knowing about the site, but I don’t recommend living in the fear arena it can produce.  I also don’t recommend reading the HERS site just before surgery either.  In…

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All You Need To Know About Fibroids

Oh, yes, more on fibroids! I really was not familiar with this term until last year when I discovered that one teeny, tiny 5mm fibroid was the cause of oh, so much drama in my life! I want women everywhere to be familiar with these little buggers and know that there may be options to help you deal with any that decide to take up residence in your uterus!

Talk About Womens Problems

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that originate in the uterus. They are the most common benign (non-cancerous) tumor of a woman’ womb (uterus). They are tumors of the smooth muscle in the uterus and can develop within the walls of the uterus or attach to it. Though they consist of smooth muscle fibers, they are denser than the normal myometrium. They may grow as one tumor or can grow in clusters. They are known to cause excessive menstrual bleeding, frequent urination and pelvic, among several other health problems.


Types of uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are usually described depending on their location in the uterus. Those located under the serosa, lining membrane on the outside of the uterus, is are known as subserosal. Subserosal often appear localized on the surface of the uterus or can attach by a pedicle to the outside surface.

Fibroids located inside the uterine cavity just beneath…

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I think it is so important to realize that there are so many different reactions to having a hysterectomy. This blog post does a great job at showing how all of those reactions can even be felt by one person at any given time!

The Vivacious Hobo

There are many times when you are expected to be happy for someone: when they get married, when they get pregnant, just in general when they are happy. But what if your happiness for them is hampered by crippling jealousy?  It is hard to be super excited for your friends and family, when they are getting something you have wanted more than anything, and you can’t have it.

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The Robotic Surgery Revolution

So, what would you think about having robotic assistance in your next surgery?


So what’s all the hype about robotic surgery? If you would have told me ten years ago that I would be spending my days in the operating room with a robot assisting me, I would have thought you were crazy! But it’s true. When the difficult decision is made to undergo hysterectomy, we are often concerned about the amount of time required for recovery. We’re all too busy to be down for surgery! We want the least invasive option that will meet our needs safely.

 Robotic surgery has distinct advantages over traditional surgery requiring a large incision on the abdomen. Robotic surgery is done through small incisions less than one centimeter. It follows that there is less pain with robotic surgery. Robotic surgery is much more precise than other operations and as a result, there is less blood loss. Operations for women with multiple prior surgeries or a very large uterus can be done with robotic technique. If you are…

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Endometrial Ablation and fibroids

blog pic 19Endometrial ablation was definitely a term I was unfamiliar with until all hell broke lose in my uterus!  It was presented to me as one of the options to try to deal with my ‘issues’ (other options presented included an IUD, changing my birth control, and as a last resort, a hysterectomy).  Even now, I find it challenging to find much information online about what it is exactly.  This article presents this option quite positively though I was told it is not without its risks and drawbacks (one being that it may only be a temporary solution).  Of course, it was a decision I never had to make due to my emergency hysterectomy surgery but for those of you looking into your options, perhaps this will help:

Endometrial ablation is one of the many minimally-invasive methods used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding due to fibroids or other causes.  It  is very effective in treating the bleeding that can accompany uterine fibroids in 40-60% of those treated, causing endometrial ablation to gain popularity, among other options, for the treatment of fibroids.

How It Works

Ablation procedures remove (destroy) the lining of the uterus, thereby eliminating heavy menstrual bleeding, in some cases, or simply decreasing the bleeding in others.  Abnormal bleeding is typically a result of bleeding from the uterine lining , destruction of this lining can lead to decreased bleeding or no menses without having a hysterectomy.  Because the uterus is preserved, this is also called a  uterine -sparing procedure.

There are no incisions and this procedure can be done in as little as five or 10 minutes in the office or in a hospital out-patient setting.   No recovery time is necessary, and,therefore, no time off from work is required except for the day of the procedure.

The amount of anesthesia needed is minimal, and it can even be performed using local numbing medicine placed in the cervix (a small local pain killer similar to what is done in the dentist’s office).

Things To Consider

As the inside lining or nest is essentially destroyed, the procedure should not be considered if there is even a remote chance that you may want children.

Not only will the nest or cavity of the uterus be unable to properly receive the embryo, if a pregnancy successfully attaches to the nest/ lining, the pregnancy could be frought  with potentially life-threatening difficulties such as placenta acreta, a condition where the placenta or afterbirth does not separate/detach after a delivery as it should.  This can lead to extreme bleeding and possibly an emergency hysterectomy under some circumstances.

There are numerous types of endometrial ablation methods. A consultation with your doctor to discuss your family planning wishes, while providing you with options for treatment will be a good time to address these concerns.

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Dr. Evil

I definitely enjoy blogs that infuse humour into the whole situation because seriously, dealing with some of this stuff just sucks – so yay for humour! Anyways, I am loving the humour of this blogger and hope that you will also!

Ditch the Bun

*Warning: we are still talking about lady parts 🙂

Who would have thought that my girl junk would give me posting fodder? You all seemed to enjoy my post from yesterday so I thought I would share with you what happened last night.

Yesterday the issue raised its Hulk-like head again, queue huge sigh from me because I knew I should probably go to the Docs, but I finished work at 6pm and as much as I know it is a natural part of life I really didn’t want to go and talk about my baby cannon with some random person. So I spent some time talking myself into it and off I went armed only with my somewhat rehearsed speech for the Doc and an ebook recommended to me by a really great blogger (I don’t know if she would be happy to be pinged in a post about…

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That vaginal cuff thing …

I have reblogged from this site before but if you are not following this blogger yet, you are definitely missing out! She is quite hilarious yet still provides really useful information. Don’t believe that’s possible? Then just have a read of this post!

da Vinci Total Hysterectomy

OK, if you’ve been following me on this surgery journey blog then obviously you know I’ve already had a hysterectomy … just to refresh … I had a total hysterectomy — meaning the entire uterus and cervix was removed, and I had it performed via the really cool hip method of da Vinci (robot) assisted laparoscopy. And so you also know the uterus avec* cervix (sounds like a tasty French dish, no?) came out through my vagina.

*  The word ‘avec’ is a preposition. Its meaning is with.

I may have never birthed a baby but I can now say I’ve birthed a uterus. 🙂 I kept my ovaries and fallopian tubes — no family history of cancer and I still wanted the hormone function of my ever-so aging, decrepit ovaries. I have a question pending about keeping my fallopian tubes though …


And another tidbit…

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