It's been almost 2 weeks since my laproscopic surgery, I have learned alot both from experiencing it and talking to ya'll here on the forum. Time to share, because just maybe somebody is about to go through the same thing and has questions or needs help. It would be great if everyone added their two cents and we will have a nice "what to expect when your expecting laproscopic surgery" list...lol
1. Don't be fooled, this is major surgery. You could be having body parts removed. Don't plan on doing much for at LEAST a week or two. If you are lucky like some, you'll be up and at 'em. But if you're not, then you won't be disappointed and frustrated.
2. Make or buy muffins. Especially bran. You will need them. Don't ask me why. Ok...why? Because your meds will constipate you and make your stomach hurt. AND you will be too tired to make food. You can buy stool softeners too, but they don't make for a tasty breakfast...
3. If you can, shop for or prepare food and stick it in the freezer. And be REALLY REALLY nice to your friends and neighbors before your surgery. They may offer to bring you food. Don't be silly, say yes. You will be glad you did!
4. The CO2 gas may bloat you up. It might not happen for a day or two and you will laugh and say "I am SO lucky!!" and then "POP" You are the now the Pilsbury doughgirl. Only not as cute. But it hurts...not just the shoulder, could be all over. WALK, WALK, WALK.. around the house, it will go away. Could take a week or more, but the worst is the first few days. Try beano, mylanta, etc. too. BEST cure: Massage. Takes away all the toxins, pushes out some gas. Can't get one?... be REALLY REALLY nice to your spouse, significant other, children, whoever.... they may take pity on poor ol' bloated you and help you out.
5. Get one of those beanybag things that you put in the microwave. Put it on where it hurts. Warm feels nice and you can't get in the tub for two weeks. Your body might hurt all over. They say they don't drop you off the stretcher while you are unconscious, but I personally don't believe it...
6. Enjoy your downtime. Remember all those busy days you wished you could lie around, play on the computer, read books, organize your photos, google your old boyfriend, write that novel? Well, do it. Or sleep. Or both.
7. Sleep. Sleep some more.
8. Driving sucks. Try and avoid it until your incisions/stomach muscles don't hurt. (and you're not on happypills anymore...) It's illegal in most states to drive lying down, I believe...
9. Drink lots of water. Flushes out all the stuff they pumped into you during surgery. Fluffs out the sleep wrinkles in your face..
10. Get on this forum when you can. You will find wonderful women with supportive notes, messages, laughs, and you can read others stories to know whether you are "normal" or not (in terms of your surgery - if you want deeper analysis, try the psych forum...)
That's MY top ten, I hope you all can add a few of your own! Thanks everyone for ALL your help, info, and especially the friendship and laughter.
Have a great day!
Hi Everyone I am 26 and about to have my third ovarian surgery on left ovary to remove 2 dermoid cysts about 2cm each. First time round they were 10cm and 8cm on right and left ovary, second time 4cm and 6cm. Just wanted to see how women went after multiple surgeries. I have less than half an ovary of left and quarter left on right side so am a bit worried
I am getting a cyst removed on the 25th of this month. It is about the size of a golf ball. I am a full time student and I have to miss class the day of my surgery and I was wondering if it would be possible to go to class the day after my surgery? Keep in mind I will be sitting and doing work in class there is no heavy lifting involved whatsoever. I have never had surgery or any kind of anesthesia before so reading all of these comments are making me feel more comfortable with the surgery.
It's hard to say really cos I have a high pain threshold and I was operated on the 2nd September and left hospital that night although advised to stay in and was re admitted 2 days later with a fever and pain and found I had an infection that showed in bloods. My surgery was my left ovary removed that had a 6cm cyst, an ablation( burning of lining of the womb) for heavy periods and endometriosis and whilst they were operating they noticed a cyst on right ovary which was drained. I was then scanned after leaving second time and cyst had filled back up two days later so got to see surgeon on 1st October instead of 3 months. I am now going back to work on the 20th. I have only just found it comfortable to sit for long periods in past week but prob cos of infection
You mostly need two weeks before returning to work. I would suggest taking it easy, your health comes first! I was out for three weeks to remove a 9.4 cm cyst on my right ovary. It's different for everyone but the estimated recovery is two weeks.
I cannot stress how much this forum helped me with my laparoscopic surgery. For anyone who is anticipating surgery, I hope that my experience can relieve your worries in some way. I'm 28 years old and diagnosed with endometriosis, early May 2014. I've never had painful periods until the last 3 years, these period pains would occur before, during, or after my cycle has ended. The pains are quite excruciating lasting for an hour or more even after taking 500mg Tylenol while using a heating pack! I would keel over in pain and give into a fetal position in bed for hours. I also want to add that I was/am currently on the pill and didn't feel this was normal at all! I've asked my previous Ob/gyn many times and she would assure me that I was fine and to not worry. My bf and I didn't feel this was ok anymore, so I switched doctors demanding an in office ultrasound. At first we thought it was fibroids, but my office scan showed a mass the size of an orange. That's when the hunt for a specialized Ob began.
Following my visit I was able to find a specialized Ob surgeon, from there I had a detailed ultrasound intra and extra where they found a 9.4 cm cyst growing next to my ovary. My doctor decided to act quickly and attack the matter quite aggressively. I had surgery on July 3rd to remove this large mass. I later found out that the cyst was so large it caused my ovaries to kiss. The doctor was able to save my ovaries and put them back in its place.
Everything I read on this thread was 90 percent true for me!
You definitely need plenty of rest, fluids, and stool soften eras. Take pain killers as you need it and ween of it when your body is able. I finished my surgery in 2 hours, I wasn't able to leave the hospital till much later since I was so tired and groggy from surgery. They sent me home with a abdominal brace and a bunch of pain killers.
I wasn't able to eat much the first day and threw up from the smell of food. I took Vicodin the first two days and switched the stronger Advil as the Vicodin made me nauseous and dizzy. The second and third day my shoulder and diaphragm hurt so much from the gas! So remember to walk when you can, to release the gas! By a week I was able to walk around, get up by myself, but walk very slowly.
I suggest having someone help you around, get up/on bed, and use the restroom. Don't push yourself too hard! Take it easy and I cannot stress sleep whenever you feel tired. Drink lots of fluids to flush all the pain killers out of your system and eat a lot of fruit. Take walks everyday, even if it's inside your house. Try to avoid any stairs or anything that will cause repetitive movement on your abdomen. Lastly, wait for your wounds To dry for about 4-5 days before you shower. I had my bf wipe me down with soap and a wet cloth, I wrapped a large shirt around my body to keep my abdomen dry. This will help you recover faster and avoid risks of infection!
I will be on hormone therapy until I want to have kids. Keeping my fingers crossed that my endo can be controlled!
Good luck to you all, be positive, don't over think it or scare yourself from people's bad experiences.
I'm 22 years old and i was recently told i have to remove a 6cm cyst from my left ovary. I'm nervous about my procedure and most importantly the pain i will feel afterwards. What kind of medications were you provided with afterwards? And how long do i actually need for recovery? My doctor says about 5 days, but i have a feeling that might not be enough. I was also diagnosed with PCOS, i'm told this makes it difficult to conceive, has anyone with PCOS been able to get pregnant? if so how, did you need fertility drugs? I'm, not thinking about having a baby soon but i want to make sure i will be able to when the time comes.
I had a 25 cm ovarian cyst and had keyhole surgery but I needed a 3 inch incision to remove the cyst. I was in a lot of pain and stayed in hospital for three days (was not prepared to do so!) and one time I went into shock from the pain and was put on oxygen and they injected a pain killer.
I was prescribed 30 mg Codeine/500 mg Paracetamol combination which is used in relieving severe pain. I was in bed for 10 days - 3 days in hospital and 7 days in bed.
I had severe insulin resistance myself and have reversed it by getting rid of all refined sugar in my diet. I ate too much chocolate (even though I didn't overeat) due to magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency was due to insulin resistance. O_o lol
Here is some info on insulin resistance and PCOS...
Insulin Resistance - The #1 Surprising Reason You Can't Lose Weight...
"What triggers it [insulin resistance] in the first place? Experts believe that for many people, the problem stems mainly from a diet overloaded with simple carbohydrates -- bread, pasta, pizza, pastries, crackers, chips and other processed snack foods, sweetened beverages, corn syrup, and other quickly-digested sugars and starches. In other words: the typical modern Western diet. Faced with constant, quick hits of easily digested energy sources, the pancreas keeps pumping out insulin to help the energy get into the cells, but the overwhelmed cells finally say, "Enough!" and stop paying attention."
PCOS & Insulin Resistance - Mid-Missouri Reproductive Medicine and Surgery..
"In the 1980s, research on the role of insulin resistance in the development of PCOS became widely known in the fertility treatment community. It appears that insulin resistance probably contributes to the development of PCOS in most women. In some of these women, insulin resistance is related to obesity and genetic factors, both of which are also linked to PCOS."
And some info from the website Diet Doctor...
How to Get Pregnant...
"The most common cause of infertility today (before menopause) is PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This is a hormonal disturbance closely related to metabolic syndrome. Women with PCOS often struggle with their weight and may have acne and a tendency towards excess facial hair. They also often have irregular cycles, longer than 28 days.
Not surprisingly eating a low carb high fat diet can work wonders for infertility due to PCOS, like for other similar metabolic conditions (e.g. obesity, type 2 diabetes)."
LCHF Helped Me Get Pregnant!”...
"Isabelle Nelson is another woman who struggled in vain to get pregnant, due to the common hormonal imbalance PCOS. But after adopting a LCHF diet and losing 35 lbs in two months what so often happens happened:
Just for fun, she took a pregnancy test. The test showed that she was pregnant.
- I did not believe it. I ran to show my husband, who did not believe it either. I guess it was at the first midwife appointment that I began to understand. I was in a state of euphoria, says Isabelle Nelson."
I am due to go into hospital in tomorrow morning....I really appreciate reading up on all the different views and results from laparoscopic surgery...this is helping alot in my mental attitude.......really appreciate all the comments that have been posted ...have managed to put together what I feel will help me...I guess the biggest help has been the positive attitude shown by you all....hope to pick up on this site once I've had surgery...go well everyone
New to this board and feel relieved that there is a place to go for advice and tips.
I was just told yesterday that I would need surgery to remove a 10cm cyst on my right ovary. Due to the size of the cyst, the Dr. said that it would be better to remove the entire ovary. She said she would try and do the laparoscopic surgery, but she couldn't guarantee it until she got in there and saw what she was working with.
My question is mainly about recovery time for laparoscopic vs laparotomy. My Dr. told me about 1 week for laparoscopic and about 6 weeks for laparotomy. I asked if she meant bed rest for that long and she said that it would mostly be soreness.
I know everyone heals differently, but what can realistically be expected for both surgeries. The reason I am asking is that I have a few trips planned and want to know if it's realistic to be back to "normal" in one months’ time. Both trips are beachy/pool trips so obviously I would be wearing a swimsuit and would like to get in the water. Is that even possible after only a month of recovery? Would it be wise to wait to set up the surgery until after the New Year since my final trip will be the last week of December?
I had a laparoscopy , removal of a 6cm ovarian cyst and surgery for endometriosis on Wednesday 22nd October. The surgery was more complicated than expected (almost 3 hours) and unfortunately they had to remove my left Fallopian tube as the cyst was stuck solid. They kept the shell of my ovary so that normal ovarian functions can resume. I also had endometriosis attached to my bowel. I spent 2 nights in hospital and now I am at home recovering with tablets and suppositories for pain relief.
The only reason the cyst was discovered was because we had been ttc for 1 year with no joy so I went for a check up 3 weeks ago. Has anyone here conceived with 1 Fallopian tube? Will I only have a chance of conceiving every 2nd month? Although I have been ovulating in my right side my gynae wants to put me on fertility meds in 6 weeks time to help me fall pregnant quickly.
Good luck to everyone who has their laparoscopy coming up.
My mother was sick for almost two years and she went from doctor to doctor for a diagnosis. She finally decided to travel back to where she used to live specifically to see her old doctor and he correctly diagnosed her properly with infected fallopian tubes. One was so damaged it had to be removed and the other tube was scraped out plus she was given antibiotics. She also had an inverted uterus (one cause of infertility). My mother didn't worry about trying to conceive. 6 years later she had me and another 2 1/2 years later she had my sister. :)
Same thing for me. 10 cm cyst...right ovary. Laparoscopic surgery about 2 1/2 weeks ago. How is your recovery? My follow-up is in two days. I am interested to know why I have 3 incisions but none on my right side? And why does it still hurt like crazy if I am up too much or bend on that left side by the incision but no pain on the right side?
What is your recovery like?
I am recovering from having my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last week. I am nearly 60 and quite grateful my cyst turned out to be not cancerous.
As to the belly button question. My is hideous now. My old one seems to be "missing" somehow and I have a super deformed long slit for a belly button. Oh well, at my age no one is going to see it anyway but me and my husband. He's had enough surgeries that we just overlook the changes that take place in each other's bodies and love each other.
I got on this site to try and find out how long before I can ride my stationary bike again. Looks like 6 weeks for a moldy oldy like me from what most people are saying.
Love the DONT BE ALONE suggestion. I am a homeschooling mom of two. ( this means my children don't leave my side. EVER.). My husband works out of state. I am 9 days post op. Cysts removed from both ovaries plus d&c with ablation. Strong pain meds helped. Now Tylenol is my best friend. If I ever have to do this again, I will hire live in help for 2 weeks.SERIOUSLY. Children(7&11) are not able to truly understand. Sometime, love hurts. Especially when it is a spirited hug across those pesky cuts. The emotional toll was enormous. Hubby was home for the first three days. Thank God! Unfortunately being home alone after that was a failed experiment. I just had NO PATIENCE. He is Back home for the holidays and I feel like we need therapy or something from the emotional drain. I think the fatigue and irritability were my greatest challenge. Also, I naively believed I would be back to myself in 4 days. I'm better but not quite back.
I had laparoscopic surgery to remove a 5cm tumor along with my ovaries and tubes. The surgery went well every thing came back benign I was sent home with dilaudid pain pill, I kick them the next day made me feel bad. I used a walker to get around to do things and move the gas. I was good with the pain it was 2 to 0 by the forth day not constant pain, turning in bed or coughing yes. Two weeks later I am starting to feel this sharp pain that comes and go I also feel it lying down. It will be 4 weeks in 2 day we had bad weather so I had to reschedule my appointment,
Hi recovery question, how your follow up? I just got same surgery done last 3 days.i read your post and really want to know how your follow up.i got 3 incisions on my left side and pain on my left but got right ovary removed .my surgeon left before I woke up so I have to wait until next 6 weeks for the follow up appt. to know the answer.
Hello fellow CyST☆RS! I am so happy to have found this forum and this thread in particular.
Today is Monday, March 16, 2015. I went in for two Laproscopic surgeries on Saturday morning, and got home yesterday (Sunday) late afternoon. I currently live in Europe, and the language barrier made it diffucult for me to understand all of the answers to my questions, so I have posted them below, in hopes that any of you can shed some light on them for me. ♡
I had a 34mm cyst removed from the side of my right ovary that had been growing there for seven years, plus two smaller cysts on the same side removed. Endometriosis was found and removed also. At the same time as the gyno surgeon operated, a second breast surgeon Laproscopically removed a fibroedonima from my right breast. I have three incision points on my abdomen and one on my breast.
My surgery experience went like this:
I had a severe reaction to the bladder catheter, and had it removed immediately. It burned and hurt for two hours after only being in for about 4 or 5 minutes. I was very scared that the nurse did something wrong, tore something, or that I had an allergic reaction. I felt like I had to pee every 2 minutes, and when I did it burned like hell. It felt worse then the worst Urinary Tract Infection I had every had. I still am unclear as to why this happened.
*****QUESTION: Has anyone had a similar experience? Do any of you know why this happens?
The surgeries went well. All of my reproductive organs remained in tact, and my breast implant was not damaged at all.
After surgery, my blood pressure began dropping rapidly. from what I recall hearing, it got as low as 60/40. There were at least 10 nurses and doctors in the room by then, and I was terrified and going in and out of consciousness. They gave me something, and my blood pressure gradually got back to a healthy state. They monitored my blood pressure about every 20 minutes the rest of my stay, so I got very little sleep.
*****QUESTION: Has anyone had a similar experience? Do any of you know why this happens?
I am doing okay today. Very tired, achy, pain, bloated, nauseous. I woke up many times from the pain last night. But I am very very happy to have it over with.
I am scheduled to have combined laparoscopic surgery in 2 1/2 week's time .The first procedure is to remove 3 cysts of varying size ranging from 3-5cm ,one cyst inside the left ovary, the second cyst inside the right ovary and the third (the largest of the 3 cysts) near the area of the left ovary pelvic/uterus region and the second procedure is to remove a cyst found in the bladder The two procedures will be coordinated at the same time with a urologist and gynaecologist oncologist .
I'm not sure whether any ovaries, fallopian tubes or other will also need to be removed as I have my first gynaecologist appt. in a few days time.
I was wondering whether anyone has had surgeries coordinated together as I'm guessing recovery will be slightly longer .Are sutures 'glued' or typical suture type?
I will require a catheter for aprox a week and plan to stay in hospital for as long as I need .:)
Thank you for all your comments and wishing everyone speedy recoveries:)
Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'm scheduled to have an ovarian cyst removed from my left ovary tomorrow afternoon. I have LOVED reading all your stories and words of advice and overall am feeling a lot calmer about things now than I was last night before I read this thread. What I'm wondering is if anyone was like me and how their surgery went because I am really scared about it now, mainly due to my weight and the anaesthetic.
I am 21, am 5 foot 3 (160 cm) and weigh 124kg (not healthy, I know :/).
When I went for my consultation and pre-op exam they said that I really have to try to get my weight down because it will be healthier but despite my attempts since then (consult was in February) I haven't been able to shift the weight. I am still working hard because sometimes these things take more time for different people but what I"m wondering is if anyone was my size/height when they went for surgery and how it went.
Any general words of advice/comfort would also be incredibly welcome as you guys helped me so much last night and I would be an emotional wreck without your help already!
Hope everyone is having a great day and thanks again girls for all the calming words of comfort and thanks in advance for any advice specifically about my question.
Welcome to the community. I am sorry you are going through this. I had surgery for an ovarian cyst but I was not overweight. At least you are young which is a plus. Hopefully, your surgeon plans to remove just the cyst (cystectomy) since removing an ovary can disrupt normal hormone production. The other ovary typically takes over for the one removed but not always.
I hope your surgery goes well. Please be sure to follow your doctor's instructions during recovery for proper healing. And then after that you can work on the weight loss. Let us know how your surgery goes.
I had a laparoscopic cyctectomy last week. I just want to say I had no gas pain at all, I was very scared of that but nothing, so that means not eveybody has to have a gas pain after this type of surgery.
Aloha, I'm 65 and scheduled for laparoscopic surgery this Friday to remove a 5.3cc cyst on my right ovary. Non cancerous. She wants to remove both ovaries 'since she's there' and am concerned. Not liking the stories I've been reading and freaks me out w/ the recovery time and bloating. I'm in good shape and active but yikes! didn't think post surgery would be so painful. I'm debating if I should have the surgery. Has anyone had hormone issues since their surgery?
PS I've never had any kind of surgery before!
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Welcome to the community. I am so sorry you are faced with this decision!
Since my unwarranted organ removal 9 years ago at age 49, I wish I had done things VERY differently and not allowed any organs to be removed (except MAYBE the one ovary). I have since been shocked and appalled by the gross overuse of female organ removal surgeries - hysterectomy and oophorectomy. Only about 2% are done for a cancer diagnosis and a very small percentage are done prophylactically for inherited risks (BRCA1+ and BRCA2+ being the most prevalent ones).
The ovaries of intact women produce hormones until at least age 80 for every aspect of health. During a woman's 70's, her testosterone level reaches that of a young woman and this testosterone can be converted into estrogen as the body needs. No hormone "replacement" can replicate what is lost when the ovaries are removed. Plus being part of the endocrine system, it puts added stress on the other endocrine glands (e.g., thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, hypothalamus) and you become a lifelong patient trying to fix the iatrogenic (doctor caused) damage and feel / look normal again. I am still chasing that elusive normalcy!
Do you know how long this cyst has been there? And how fast it has grown? I have read that until they get to be AT LEAST 7cm, they can be monitored via periodic ultrasounds. Someone here was all ready to go into surgery for an ovarian cyst and they were going to remove all her female sex organs. She insisted on another ultrasound right before surgery (about which her surgeon was not happy) and, lo and behold, the cyst was completely gone! She was very angry that she was almost needlessly de-sexed.
So do your research and advocate for your health since you are the one who has to live with the consequences. And be sure to protect yourself via the surgical consent form if you do end up having surgery. Unfortunately, gynecologic consent forms are usually pretty open-ended leaving it up to the surgeon what can be removed once you are put under.
Thanks so much for this post! I am 42 and fairly overweight after having my 9 lbs son at 37 weeks. I have laparoscopic surgery scheduled for the 12th/Friday to remove an 8.4cm, clear, and nearly PAINLESS cyst from my right ovary. The surgeon has barely had any time to discuss the procedure with me except to say where and how big the incisions would be, and that I would need a ride home that afternoon. Nothing was said about potential organ removal or any need take time off from work. (!!!)
I plan to use the pre-op chat with him to spell out the importance of keeping my ovaries (I want to give my 15 month old son a sibling!) and to make sure he has seen and signed the modified consent form that I plan to do between now and when I am admitted. I am also giving my manager a heads up about my potential time away from the office. *groan*
I am interested to know if anyone else had post-op issues with the appearance of their navel? Mine is a decided innie and I like it. Probably the least of the things to worry about, but I was off the pain meds within 48 hours of my c-section, so I'm optimistic =)
Finally, I'd be grateful if any readers like you would say a prayer, send me positive energy from 10AMEST-4pm EST this Friday!
Welcome to the community. I am also glad you found this discussion so you know to modify the consent form to protect your organs. Did your surgeon not say if he planned to remove JUST the cyst or the whole ovary? Some surgeons do not have good cystectomy (cyst removal) skills.
I hope all goes well with your surgery! Please post back and let us know how it went. Sending positive thoughts and prayers....
I am 47 yrs. old, and I had my right ovary removed two years ago due to a 9cm. cyst. I had been in terrible pain for years because of it, and something happened and I was in unbearable pain one night and had to go to the ER. An ultrasound discovered the 9cm. cyst. When my surgeon came in to talk to me I was on pain meds, and when you are in as much pain as I was, you just want the pain to stop. I wish that I had taken the time to educate myself before going into a surgery that would change my life. My surgeon told me that my other ovary would take over in producing hormones, and it has, somewhat, but not completely. After surgery I had terrible night sweats and many symptoms of surgical menopause. I wish I had asked the surgeon to keep my ovary, or even a piece of my ovary, in the hopes that it would begin producing hormones, because I have heard cases of even partial ovaries working. This is why I am writing this post! If you are heading into surgery, I strongly agree with the other women on this forum who are saying to make a clause in your consent agreement that states that your organs cannot be removed unless certain conditions are proven. Since my surgery I feel ten years older; I have gained 30 pounds, even though I am fighting it on a daily basis; I feel fatigued and tired more than I used to; some of my joints ache terribly at times; my digestion is off and I struggle with constipation or diarrhea; I have to sleep with a bottle of Tums by my bed because my stomach acids aren't producing enough; I have started taking ox bile to aid in digestion, which reduces the need for tums; I have experienced the "crazy" feelings and extreme depression and sadness that many women express from lack of proper hormone production; my periods are sporadic and I have had heavy bleeding and spotting at times; and my skin and hair are more oily with more hair growing where it is not wanted! I took natural progesterone cream when I started having symptoms of estrogen dominance, but now I have been off of them for two months and feel so much better that I am thinking the cream made my symptoms worse. Anyway, I think my doctor thinks I'm a little crazy because it is hard to explain to him how I feel and the consequences of having one teensy, tiny ovary removed. Please, please, listen to the women who say to proceed with caution in removing an organ. Some women may be fine to have something removed, but your chemical system might be radically different than other women! I feel like other organs were damaged during my surgery, like maybe my gallbladder? I have so many symptoms of gallbladder issues that only started happening after my surgery. The one silver lining is that I am not in the terrible pain I was in with my cyst, but, and I am being completely honest, I would take that pain and cyst back to lose 30 pounds and be younger again. So, if you are contemplating surgery, tread carefully and cautiously! Your female organs have more purpose than just having babies! Hormones control everything that happens in your body. They are the chemical messengers! Like others have said, your hormones work into your 80s, even after menopause, so don't just think you are going to go through menopause anyway so you don't need your ovaries! I hope my story will help prevent someone from blindly having female organs removed. Also, if you are considering a hysterectomy: Wow! I am so thankful I still have my uterus. Don't do it! Do your research! You don't want the terrible symptoms that some women have expressed after a hysterectomy: back pain, no sex drive, four inch vagina, constant joint pain, aging over night, multiple surgeries to fix collapsing organs, bladder problems, digestion problems, anger and emotional problems, bonding with children problems, personality change, divorce, and on and on. I am so thankful I still have my uterus! May God be with you as you make your decisions!
I am SO very sorry that you were also over-treated and harmed! Thank you for sharing your story.
Like you, I experienced symptoms of gallbladder disease after my organs (uterus and ovaries) were needlessly removed. I had fairly severe diarrhea for at least 9 months. Over time, it settled down for the most part but I still have episodes and it has been 9 years since my surgery that changed every thing about me :(
Have you considered trying birth control pills or hormone "replacement" (in quotes because nothing can replace our ovaries) for your symptoms?
Thanks for sharing ladies. I had my right ovary and tube removed due to large ovarian cyst and several small ones. A medium size was also removed from my left ovary. I was in the hospital for three nights and four days. Recovery has not been a walk in the park. I couldn't eat for days due to the medications to control the level of pain I felt. And already anemic prior to surgery, I got even more so. Now I'm on an iron supplement as well.
It's been exactly two weeks. Here's my experience and advice: Because you may not be able to lay or sleep on anything but your back, your hips will be in pain. Walk a lot, like everyone else says. I'm still not able to walk much. And one short block takes me ten mins. I used to be super active prior to surgery.
Another thing is, there will be ups and downs. Some days you'll have to decide between a shower or a short walk. Be kind to yourself and be patient because it gets frustrating.
Another acidic food. It can burn your stomach and make you not feel well.
Seriously, when your body say go to sleep. Go to sleep.
Your stomach will feel really sensative to touch. Like I said, it's been two weeks and that hasn't changed much. I wonder how normal that is?
Avoid stairs. Trust me. And be prepared to constantly be parnoid you tore your internal stitches.
Welcome to the community. Thank you for posting your experience. I hope your recovery goes well! Watch for menopausal type symptoms since removal of one ovary can disrupt natural ovarian hormone production. Hopefully, your other ovary will take over but that does not always happen.
I wanted to share some information with you in case it could help your situation. I am getting my ovary removed soon because of the demoid cyst that is growing on my left side. Demoid cysts are a solid mass and will not go away on there own. Regular cysts are usually fluid filled sacs that will most likely burst on their own. I feel your pain of being young and with only one ovary left so if any of my experiences can help you make your decision of how to proceed...well I hope they can. My cyst has taken up almost the whole space of my ovary, this is mostly why the ovary cannot be saved. I encourage you to get an ultrasound as soon as possible so they can determine if your cyst on your remaining ovary is more of a solid mass or a fluid filled one. If it is a solid mass then your best hope to save the ovary is to get the surgery done as soon as possible! You may be able to save it if the mass has not grown too large. I believe that there has to be a different type of surgery in order for this to happen (laparatomy instead of what most people are referring to here - laprascopy) a laparatomy is when they have to cut into your abdominal wall so it is going to be a much more 'agressive' feeling surgery. Some doctors might think that there is a large chance the solid mass might grow back so it is not the right choice but I totally understand the feeling of wanting to save it if you can. I also do not have children, I'm not sure I want them but I would rather that choice not be taken away from my husband or I if we decide to go that way. My sympathies are with you and I hope you are able to figure this out with the best possible outcome happening. If the cyst is fluid filled then they might be able to shrink it with birth control. Sorry if you already know this information but like I said, I was hoping to help share some of the information I received when going through this.
I have read of surgeons removing large cysts and still being able to save some ovarian tissue. The ovary is resilient (like the liver) and can regenerate if some tissue is left. According to Dr. William Parker, author or "A Gynecologist's Second Opinion" only in rare instances is all ovarian tissue destroyed by an ovarian cyst - http://ovaryresearch.com/ovarian_cysts.htm.
It seems that many gynecologists do not have the delicate surgical skills to remove large cysts and save ovarian tissue or they choose not to take the extra time to do so. Removing the entire ovary is an easier and less time consuming surgery.
I hear you, sister. I cannot understand why surgeons recommend surgery which may be unnecessary and has life long consequences for the patient. I had a cyst removed last December. On my insistence the surgeon retained the ovary. The hospital are now recommending removal of one or both ovaries (and my appendix)???, as precaution!!. I cannot understand this. All follow-up tests are clear. What is going on?
Don't feel bad! I am at 7 days today and now I am actually starting to feel worse! I was up and walking feeling good like, heck yeah! I got this! Iam a tough cookie. Now I am bleeding heavier and really nauseous and I can stop shaking. We had almost the same surgery too! Except mine was less abrasive. I had cysts in my fulopian tubes and my ovaries.
Don't feel bad! I am at 7 days today and now I am actually starting to feel worse! I was up and walking feeling good like, heck yeah! I got this! Iam a tough cookie. Now I am bleeding heavier and really nauseous and I can stop shaking. We had almost the same surgery too! Except mine was less abrasive. I had cysts in my fulopian tubes and my ovaries.
I am 31yo, and 17 weeks pregnant. I had laproscopic surgery 3 days ago. I went in for an ultrasound because I was having bleeding. They found a large mass on the ultrasound near my left ovary, and recommended immediate surgery because they thought it was a 6cm hemmoragic cyst that could harm the baby if it ruptured or causr ovarian torsion. When I asked if it could be a benign fibroid, I was told "No because we did not see this on any of your earlier scans and fibroids don't grow that fast." So, I went under general anesthesia while pregnant because "the risks of leaving it were greater than the risk of anesthesia to the baby", only to find out it was just a fibroid. They went in, but didn't do a thing other than look at it and decide to wait to remove it until the baby is born. I feel that I had an an unnessesary surgery. Now I've been out of work and in pain for the last few days, sitting here just waiting and worrying for my follow up ultrasound tomorrow to see if the baby is ok. I was given pain meds, but don't want to take them for the baby's sake. I wasn't showing before the surgery and now I look like I'm 7 months pregnant because of the swelling and bloating. It took me 3 years to get pregnant and I'm going to be so angry if I miscarry as a result of this surgery, and always wonder if it was a bad call by the doctor, and an bad idea for me to follow his advice without getting a 2nd opinion.
Im having mine done in 2 days I havent told my doctor about me smoking weed, should I? Im so scared and nervous that I might wake up during the surgery, I just dont like being out of control with it, help me!!!! What do I do??? How do I not be nervous?
I am scheduled for a laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy in 8 days to remove an 8 cm complex cyst from my right ovary. This forum has helped me a lot. In addition to the pain I've been experiencing over the last 6 months I have also been noticing dramatic hormonal symptoms....like EXTREME PMS symptoms. I'm 35 years old and have never had PMS so severely until recently. Could this be a symptom of the cyst that is giving me problems or do I have an additional problem? I forgot to mention that to the dr. when I last saw her and thought maybe some of you have experienced something similar. If removing this cyst cures the pain AND the PMS I'm all for it!
Ovarian cysts can affect hormones so it would seem reasonable that your cyst could be the cause of your PMS. It's good your doctor is only going to remove the cyst itself and not your ovary since we need our ovaries our whole lives for good health.
I hope the surgery goes well and your hormones settle down! Please post back after surgery and let us know how you're doing.
Hello well tomorrow would make me 2 weeks post-op after removing an 7cm solid cyst from my left ovary. I feel better now than last week. But I was wondering can u have sex. I'm in die need of my boyfriend right now I know they said 2 weeks but what would be the difference to do it a day before your 2 weeks. Please help
i would want to know what type of cyst u had? was it hemorrhage cyst? i am diagnosed with hemorrhage cyst, and doctors have told me to remove it. now can u plz inform me did it damage your ovary or not? i have not conceived yet, i am worried about my ovary life?
Thank you for this post! It helped me out greatly! The doctor removed a 6 cm simple cyst from the right ovary. Thankfully she saved my ovary but no one prepared me for the emotional side of the recovery. I was ready for all the physical recovery. The first week I felt like a crazy lady, my ovary was healing, hormones all over the place, crying, angry, happy, sad, and just a hot mess. I took 1 week off but emotionally I feel like I needed 2 weeks. I"m on my 3rd week of recovery and finally feeling emotionally normal. I hope this helps and those that are preparing for surgery also prepare for the emotional recovery too. :)
I'm scheduled to have a 6cm (or larger) dermoid removed on June 3rd. It was first discovered 2 months ago and it grew 1.5cms over a week and a half...that was 3 weeks ago. I've been in horrendous pain for the past two weeks in my abdomen and lower back, leg and thigh.I feel as though I can physically feel the tumor/cyst growing in size.
I'm so over the pain and hormonal issues that I cannot wait to have the surgery. I used to be 125lbs and have since gained 15lbs in less than 8 months. I eat healthy and run constantly, i'm hoping that the surgery will fix my hormone issues as well. Has anyone noticed a weight loss after having the surgery?
Also, is it common for the hospital to provide a brace/band after surgery or should I go ahead and buy one? I don't have my pre-op appointment until the 27th and want to be prepared.
Final note (I promise) is it possible to be "too prepared?" My other half is great but thinks im crazy because I need to know every single detail of what to expect and what is going to happen. I seem to think that Im less nervous when I know all of the details and can be prepared when the time comes.
I'm sorry you are dealing with this! You should get as much information as you can. I don't think you need a brace (abdominal binder?) though. Are they going to remove just the cyst (cystectomy) so you still have your ovary or enough ovarian tissue for normal hormone production? We need our ovaries our whole lives. Removal of even one of them can cause permanent problems that predispose us to health problems since the ovaries produce health promoting hormones our whole lives (they don't shut down at menopause).
I hope your surgery goes well! Keep us posted on how you are doing.
Hi all, I had my surgery yesterday (may 21st 2016) and I honestly cannot tell you how much this site helped me. I got a shopping list based on the comments here and feel pretty much set! I had keyhole and have 3 incision sites, one in my belly button (belly button it looks normal) and one on the left and right side near my hips. I had a 5cm ( could have grown in the 3 months since my last scan) dermoid cyst on my left ovary (or Fallopian tube ?) I had been having sharp pains in my vaginal/ cervix area for as long as I remember and used to double me over sometimes so I'm guessing this is the reason why. Before my surgery I watched YouTube videos and read this thread over and over.
I went with my boyfriend for the surgery and I think it went well. I don't remember anything except the room for the anesthetic to be given to me was freezing cold, he told me it might hurt but as I was saying I didn't feel any pain at all I think I was out before I finished my sentence.
I didn't get any shoulder pain (touch wood) but I have been walking around a lot, I went into surgery at 10am and was back out at 1pm and discharged at 5pm. I couldn't pee straight away (whilst in hospital) maybe because of the bed pan and the lying down position but by the 3rd visit to the bathroom I was shuffling along and going bathroom myself (I was only slightly embarrassed when the nurse yanked down my mesh knickers they give you for surgery.) I am peeing blood though which I'm told is normal, I don't know if my urine is blood or if it's like a period because I can't bend over to check but there's definitely blood. I am using the toilet by myself no need for a grabber haha.
The anesthetic made me throw up on the floor because there was no nurse around or vomit pots. I didn't feel like my sandwich but I took one bite and gulped instead of sipped some water and threw up so much liquid (don't know where it came from). I ended up having crackers (was like eating saw dust it was so dry) and sips of water. The lozenges were a god send because my throat is bruised from the tube, it still hurts and makes your throat scratchy and sore and makes you cough.
the pillow for your belly is a godsend aswell, I have a little heart shaped one which is currently under my jumper but on top of my dress so not touching my stitches
I am home now, I was fine pain wise the first day ( I think the hospital has the good s***) but cried because I felt so sorry for myself, my first few naps felt like deeeep sleeps as if I was being dragged under but I suspect that's because I had anaesthetic in me still. In the evening the good stuff has worn off and I was only using ibuprofen as pain relief so cried again in bed because lying flat back makes your chest hurt (anaesthetic gas?) and gave me a headache, I couldn't get comfortable and my stitches hurt so I took some more pain relief.
I'm slightly annoyed because I bought laxative instead of stool softener (dulcolax instead of dulcoease) which is probably why my belly has been killing me today! I'm so gassing today (day 2 morning ) so I've taken some rennie deflatine which has helped. I haven't used my heat pad because my shoulders are fine but I laid it on my belly for abit, it seemed to make my belly hurt though so took it off. I'm hungry but don't have an appetite for anything but crackers and butter, I'm scared to eat more because I heard having a poo hurts and I don't want to overload my system.
I'm like that too, I want to know everything! I asked so many questions my anaesthetic guy threatened to leave! I even wanted to see the tube going down my throat. He put me to slee extra quick just to shut me up haha
Day 2 (of no BM/ day 3 post surgery) and just had a poo! :) never thought I would be so relieved to say that haha. My boyfriend bought me aloe Vera colon clense which is supposed to be gentle, I took one yesterday and today had a poo pain free :) I'm so happy. I've been tryna eat light because all the stories I read on here about first poo being painful. I had a BM just before my surgery then nothing day 2 then day 3 I had a poo. I ate crackers and butter and a banana after my surgery, on day 1 then day two I had a pear, crackers and butter and 2.5 slices of pizza.
I would say be careful of gassy foods because having trapped wind HURTS, I've been taking deflatine for it.
I had laparoscopic surgery for a 24 cm cyst in my right ovary in February and this list is spot on! I wish I had read it before/during my surgery. Question: after your surgery (like 3-4 months) did you still have some belly bloat? It is obviously not as bad at my hard, distended tummy with the football cyst in me but it is still kind of bloated, but softer. Just curious if any one has had similar experience. Maybe my abdominal walls are all stretchy from a year of a large cyst in me haha.
GAS: drink a couple sips of soda, I always try and get soda as quickly as they will let me post-op to help relieve some of the gas pressure, and I take a couple sips or so after meals because I seem to have more of a problem with that post-op.
BIG POTTY: cantaloupe makes me go, so whatever triggered you pre-op, try it. BE CAREFUL! When they finally let me have solids (like 3 or 4 days post op...I had extensive surgery) I had 3 servings of fruit in one day because they were asking if I had gone yet, and I hadn't. That backfired! I went four or five times, which kept me up until just after midnight.
BLOATING: I'm only 8 days post-op, but I can tell my binder is looser. I've made sure to empty my drain a lot, more than they did at the hospital and I had more fluid come out in a day than they did when I was in the hospital! Not sure if this accounts for why it has gone down some. I still have my drain in, and wearing my binder, so I can't say how my old jeans fit. I had bought stretchy waist jeans prior to surgery when my girth felt like it was either expanding or just uncomfortable to wear regular jeans. So the stretchy ones fit fine over the binder. I may need a size smaller in a month.
WEIGHT LOSS: I wish. Between fluids (IV) and fluids from the drain, I may be lucky to be down 5 pounds. We'll see as time goes. It is hard to tell weighing fully dressed and with the binder, time of day, if I've eaten, etc. I can't just bend over and grab the scale myself to put in the bathroom to weigh in the morning either, so that all affects my weight.
I had my surgery June 3rd at 7:30am. This post did help a lot but after everything that happened, I dont think I would have ever been fully prepared. My pre-op went fine but i made sure to get the nausea patch before surgery to help with any sickness (this was bs).
I feel like i remember heading back and them having me move to a table but who knows. I woke up in recovery shaking horribly and just feeling like c.r.a.p. all over. My alarm went off a few times because of my inability to take a deep breath (thanks gas) and they moved me to a chair within 15 minutes which made me absolutely miserable. I can handle pain normally but the nausea and 200lb weight on my lungs made it unbearable. I thankfully had an amazing preop nurse who took over my care when the young dumb male nurse couldn't help me or even try to just walked away. She got me oxygen and pain/nausea meds after she saw tears rolling down my face. The reason i said the nausea patch is bs is because within 20 minutes of getting home i was puking my guts out and that lasted 2 days along with the inability to catch my breath and the horrible chest pain. My pain never moved to my shoulder but i think i would have preferred that to not being able to breathe.
I took it easy for a week before walking down our stairs which took me about 10 mins to go down a flight. I knew it would take at least a week and a half to start feeling better but i still have my days even now 3 weeks later of feeling horrible which I planned on happening so Im okay with being a little slower.
I found out later on that my tumor was larger about 6.5cm and it ruptured while they operated which due to it being a dermoid they had to flush me out with "gallons of fluid" and because of that Id probably be in more pain than normal.
Overall, if the dermoid comes back..ill cry. The pain from the gas and the vomiting made the whole experience miserable. But i do see the effects of having the dermoid out. Before the surgery i was told my dermoid could not cause the issues i had i.e. weight gain, nausea, sciatic pain, just an overall crappy feeling. The first week and a half i lost 10lbs and have still kept it off. I had the swelling on and off and still do a little at 3 weeks out but it's not horrible like I thought it would be. The pain in my sciatic has gone down and enormous about and my abdominal pain has significantly been lowered.
A few things ill add: im currently dealing with my first menstrual cycle after surgery. It hurts like hell and I truly think the ovarian pain is worse than the surgery pain so be prepared and maybe plan to have off work the first day. Also, dont rush it. I see people say they're okay after a few days but thats not always the case. 3 weeks out im still slow and walking is still uncomfortable. Finally, Make sure you have someone to help you after surgery. My boyfriend helped me with everything the first week including sitting up and walking and I definitely needed him. Dont be afraid to ask for help.
Stay strong ladies. The experience may be unpleasant but it was comforting to know I wasnt alone during everything. Xo
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