I had a back problem and had an mri two years ago. I went to my gynocolgist and told him that they picked up a 3 cm ovarian cyst. I told him that I wanted to have an ultra sound done and he said it was unnecessary. Two years have passed and I had another mri and now they picked up a cyst that is seven cm. I went to several other doctors at Duke. It is a septated complex ovarian cyst. They wanted to remove both my ovaries and my uterus. I am praying that this is not a major problem. I have opted for out patient surgery to remove my overies this coming Thursday December 23, 2004. I am also 58 and have been post menopausal for ten years. What do you think that my options are according to your opinions. Also I have a slight cold. Will this be a problem for the operation? They have also kept a Dec 28th date for another surgery just in case there is a problem when they have biopsied the entire ovary. Obivously this is concerning. I am interested in knowing if these cysts of this kind are mostly benign and if you think that I have opted for the correct operation for my body. My pap smears have been totally normal. There has been no ovarian cancer or breast cancer in my immediate family. I would appreciate hearing back from you as soon as possible since the surgery is in two days.
If you have a fever or any congestion in your chest, then call the hospital; it is probable that the surgery will need to be rescheduled if these conditions exist. On the other hand, I was able to have surgery last week although I had minor nasal congestion.
What are your doctors telling you? Have they indicated any great concern that the cyst is cancerous? I have just had a large cyst removed and I am waiting for the report on it. I was told by my doctor that the fact that it is a cyst, as opposed to a solid tumor, does indicate a smaller chance that there will be cancer. Did your doctors have a CA-125 bloodtest performed? Given that you are menopausal, the test would give a somewhat better indication of malignancy. Apparently, the test is not reliable for pre-menopausal women.
How are you feeling? I hope that your recovering quickly. Thank you for posting a comment to me. I did have the ca-125 two time. The first time it was very low and the second time it was I think thirteen. Both times it was low normal. This gives me some hope that I will have a good chance of it being benign.
My cold is not in my chest. I will call the triage nurse in the morning and tell her and see what they say. I will also take my temperature and hopefully I can get this behind me. They messed up my original date for Surgery and now it is Thursday. Ces Le Vie. I will pray that you get a wonderful report.
I to had a complex septated ovarian cyst. Mine was extremly large.
But my doctor sent me to an oncolagist gyno. If there is any chance of ov cancer a specalist in this area should perform surgery. As the doctor should biopsy this cyst immeadiatly during surgery and do debulking if needed. They say this is done best and your chances for a good recovery is to have an onologist gyno do this surgery. As a regular gyno is not always experts in the cancer area. My cyst ended up being borderline ovca. That was two yrs ago and I'm doing great. Best of luck I hope everything turns out good for you.
Thanks; yes, I am recovering much more quickly than I expected because my doctor was able to use the laparascopic procedure. The miracles of modern medicine, eh?!
I got my path report today and my "complex cyst with solid components" was indeed benign. It was nothing more than a grapefruit-sized endometrioma. My CA-125 result was higher than yours, by the way. My result was 23. I suspect that if your doctors truly think that you have cancer then they would be rushing you into surgery. While I was in the hospital, one of my nurses told me that there have been cases when my doctor performed surgery on patients the week the test results came in to the office. Time is "of the essence" when dealing with ovca.
I'm sorry that I haven't written sooner. Yes, I had my surgery on the 23rd of December. I am completely thrilled for you that your results were the ultimate that anyone could hope for. I also had laproscopic Surgery and have felt kind of miserable. Any way you look at it surgery is surgery.. However, they made the operation, which was at Duke absolutely painless and I must tell you that I am as overjoyed as you are. My cyst was the size of a softball and also everything was completely benign. God is good and the Lord provides. My Dr. told me that he "Only performed the surgery he did not perform the outcome" He also said that I have an angel sitting on my shoulder. I am so blessed to be able to continue my life with positivity and good health for the New Year.
I must say that had I not had these miraculous results that I would have fought every step of the way for recovery. I will also be there for any one who is going through the trials of Ovarian problems. Where there is life there is hope. I will pray for each and every being that has the fear of this in their life.
Oh, that is wonderful news indeed!! I have been checking back at the site to see if you would let us know how your surgery went and to know the pathology results. Yes, God is good!
I did not consider myself 'terribly afflicted' by my surgery until I developed a sinus infection with sinus drainage and chest congestion about 9 days after my surgery. My coughing caused terrible abdominal muscle pain and also caused some of my incisions to pull apart, which has slowed my recovery. Of course, I think that part of my problem is that since I did not feel that badly at first, I fooled myself into thinking that I did not have major surgery, and thus I should be back in form in two weeks. Well, that is not happening and I am not dealing with that fact very well. From the time that we became aware of the cyst until the pathology report came back negative, I felt like my life was on hold. Now I am ready to get back to my regular life, and I am frustrated by my physical inability to be just as I was two months ago!
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