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Lalagirl posted 6/12/2014 08:05 AM

I had my uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes removed due to severe endometriosis in 1988 when I was 23 years old. My ovaries had endo on them, but since I was so young, my GYN wanted to save them, and he did a damned good job because up until now, they've never given me a problem.

Now it's time to have them removed - getting the surgery mid-September. They've become enlarged, and I have developed lots of cysts (endometriomas and Hemorrhagic)which are not resolving. Since I am 49 years old and in perimenopause, I obviously do not need them. Plus there is a family history of breast/uterine/ovarian cancer.

When I had the hysterectomy - it was the "old fashioned" way - cut from hip to hip, in hospital for 5 days, out of work for 6 weeks. This time, doc says they will do it laproscopically, da Vinci robotic. There is a small chance (depending on scarring, endo, etc.) that I will have a laparotomy (full cut, but not nearly as large as the one from 27 years ago).

I am looking for people who have had this done and their experiences both from a surgical and post-op/recovery/life after oopherectomy perspective. I do not plan to go on HRT (family history of issues with it) - I am currently on Estroven for my perimenopausal symptoms and it works quite well, and I plan to stay on that.

Thanks!!

Lala

[This message edited by Lalagirl at 8:05 AM, June 12th (Thursday)]

tushnurse posted 6/12/2014 09:17 AM

LaLa - The Davinci makes recovery from any surgery about a zillion times easier.
Even if they have to convert to an open, or partial open it won't be nearly as bad as before, they are taking out something much smaller after all.

As far as recovery goes, plan on feeling lousy and in a decent amount of pain for about 4 days, and then back to close to normal for another week or two, and then back to full swing after, however depending on how extensive, and your Dr's preference they may limit your heavy lifting for a full six weeks, so no picking up the grandbabies. This is to allow the muscles to heal, and prevent any hernias from developing, which is a much more painful surgery to recover from, because it is superficial where there are LOTS more nerves. (Many patients that have had colon surgery report hernia surgery is WAYYYY worse).

Lalagirl posted 6/12/2014 11:23 AM

no picking up the grandbabies

This is exactly why I moved the surgery from July 28 to September 15. My DD is expecting her third and (if baby does not come sooner) is scheduled for a c-section on August 15. DH and I will be the one taking care of 5 yo GS and 20 m. GD during the three days she is in the hospital so her DH can help her so she can get some rest while she is in the hospital.

Thanks so much for the info, tushnurse...much appreciated! Another question - if I have the procedure done on a Monday and all goes well (laproscopic) - could I return to work the following Monday? (I am an Executive Assistant so no heavy lifting or strenuous stuff.) Obviously my GYN will tell me this, but thought I'd ask before I see her for my pre-op visit in August.

[This message edited by Lalagirl at 11:24 AM, June 12th (Thursday)]

imagoodwitch posted 6/12/2014 11:41 AM

Lala,

I had my hysterectomy September 2007 and oopherectomy November 2012.

Hysterectomy was vaginally and ooperechtomy was laproscopically.

Dr. was able to correct some scar tissue in my abdomen from my C-Section years ago when he went in to take out my ovaries.

Both surgeries were easy recoveries when you consider that you have had surgery so take it easy.

I don't regret either.

I am on Estradoil as a replacement.

tushnurse posted 6/12/2014 13:09 PM

Can you back to work, sure, will you feel like it? Probably, will it absolutely wipe you out, and slow your healing? DEFINITELY.

Take as much time as you can. If you have several weeks of sick time/vacation take it. Allow yourself some time to heal, and rest up.

I took a month when I had my vag hyst. I was ready to go back to work by week 2. Spent the remainder of time off, doing some closet cleaning, and packing away toddler and baby stuff. Nothing stressful, but needed done. I took a nap most days, and healed. I had my surgery in September too, and here that is one of the most gorgeous months of the year. So I enjoyed it.

lynnm1947 posted 6/12/2014 15:03 PM

I had one ovary removed in 1998. I was back at work in 2 weeks, but I worked from home after about day 5. I heal fast, though. :-)

Hidingmyhurt posted 6/12/2014 22:07 PM

Lala,

I had my hysterectomy in 2008, with both ovaries removed. I did HRT for 3 months simply to allow my body to adjust to the change without having to adjust to both the change and the surgery at the same time (at the advise of my OB/GYN who knew my family history - mom had breast/cervical/ovarian/skin cancer). I've been off the HRT since 2008, and no problems. I cry a little at sad shows, but otherwise, I've been a lot more stable than before! lol. I had a lapro removal which had a great recovery. I was up within a week (had a 2 year old at the time) and walking fine. Lifting was hard, but I was ok after a couple weeks with that.

Lalagirl posted 6/13/2014 05:02 AM

Dr. was able to correct some scar tissue in my abdomen from my C-Section years ago when he went in to take out my ovaries.

That sounds good...I had a c-section with DD30 and the full cut hip to hip when I had the hysterectomy in 1988...so it would be nice to get lessen that scar tissue.

Can you back to work, sure, will you feel like it? Probably, will it absolutely wipe you out, and slow your healing? DEFINITELY.

Rats. I'd better take the time I need then and count on being out 2-3 weeks. I have short-term disability through work (66 2/3% of my salary)after I am out for 5 days (I can use my PTO for that, but don't want to use it for the other week or two as I would like to use it for a "real" vacation. )

I did HRT for 3 months simply to allow my body to adjust to the change without having to adjust to both the change and the surgery at the same time

That is a really good idea, and I will ask my GYN about this.

Thanks so much, everyone, for your input and experiences. I really appreciate it.

LivinginLimbo posted 6/17/2014 06:32 AM

I had this surgery about 4 years ago. They first tried doing it via a laparoscopy but for some reason couldn't. I woke up with a six inch vertical incision. They gave me a small pillow to hold against it whenever I did anything. Fortunately, the tumor that prompted the surgery was benign.

Because it ended up being a much bigger operation than originally thought, recovery took awhile. I know I wasn't allowed to drive for at least a couple of weeks. I couldn't lift anything for quite some time. (I swear I dropped every single thing that I touched.) It took about a month for me to start feeling semi-normal.

I do hope that they're able to perform your procedure with the laparoscopy. Good luck!

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