Aug 11, 2012
Friday afternoon, oddly enough just as I was feeling very down about my upcoming surgery (to remove a benign mass, actually a large uterine fibroid ~13 cm and some smaller ones as well), and the expected 6 week recovery time for the abdominal incision, I got a call from one of the surgical team members.
They want to attempt to do the surgery laparoscopically! Originally I was told this would not be possible due to the size of the mass, but there was apparently a difference of opinions on the team and so the plan now is they will first attempt a laparoscopic removal and only need to make an abdominal incision if that fails. Apparently, they think they can take it out piece by piece using the scope method, or that is what they want to try. The surgeon who called said they think this may be possible based on some aspects of the tumor, how it's attached to other tissue, etc.
If they succeed, I could be back to work in 2 weeks instead of 6. Not to mention that by avoiding the abdominal cut I will be at lower risk for infection and have less scarring, and the laparoscopic approach also means less negative implications on my fertility, which is important to me as I haven't had children yet but do want to keep that as an option.
I'm scheduled to go in for surgery on Wednesday and I won't know until I wake up which route was necessary. Regardless of what they ultimately need to do, I'm excited that they looked at my case closely and considered this alternative.