I consider myself extremely lucky to have had a skilled and experienced surgeon and to have managed to avoid the open operation. I did have to sign the consent forms in case they needed to change over from laparoscopy to laparotomy, but luckily it was not needed. Apparently it was the size of a babies head and full of bone, fat, hair etc - yuk! Best news of all it was benign. Please feel free to contact me again if you want to ask me anything else. This site has been a huge support for me and I still read it most days.