My Upcoming Surgery
by, 02.20.2009 at 06.20 AM (639 Views)
December 22, 2008 was my post-op appointment with my surgeon to discuss the outcome of my surgery. There was good news and bad news.
The bad news is I have a uterine fibroid slightly smaller than Montana. I will need an abdominal myomectomy which has been scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2009.
I was perturbed that the two ultrasounds I had in the 60 days prior to my 12/2/08 surgery didn't show this fibroid. I was concerned that the doctor had mixed up OR reports, especially since he told my mom I needed a hysterectomy when I was in recovery, but didn't say diddly squat to me.
Well, it turns out that because I have a retroverted (tipped) uterus and the location & size of the fibroid when they did the transvaginal pelvic ultrasounds they missed the fibroid. It is located at the back of my uterus and takes up a little over 50% of my uterus. This fibroid is so big that the ultrasound thought it was part of my uterus!
Now for the good news. I was given two options. Hysterectomy or abdominal myomectomy to remove the fibroid but leave the uterus in tact and able to carry a baby to term. I chose the abdominal myomectomy. Yup, that's right even with this meteor in my abdomen I can retain my fertility.
Recent research shows that even if a woman is past child bearing age the uterus serves a purpose. Taking it out often causes more problems than it solves.
My doctor informed me that this is major surgery and will require an overnight stay in the hospital. Recovery will take 4-6 weeks. After this he said I need to be prepared to conceive a child within 6 months. He also mentioned that I will need to schedule a c-section when I do conceive. That's fine by me as episiotomys scare the hell out of me. Also, I get to retain the tightness of my va-jay-jay.