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Vaginal Hysterectomy due to Cancer

Posted by @inlaca in Cancer, Nov 21, 2012

Greetings. I am looking for people who have either gone through or are going through the process of being diagnosed with Cervical Cancer.

I am relatively young, in my 40's, in good health and physically active. I have had no symptoms of any sort. I received this diagnosis after having an irregular pap smear, followed by another test by my gynecologist.

I was then referred to a gynecological oncologist who did a Cone Biopsy Procedure which I am still recovering from. This test showed that there were cancer cells as well as pre-cancer cells, and it has been recommended for me to have a Vaginal Hysterectomy, leaving the ovaries in tact so that I wont have menopausal symptoms. I am looking for people who are either going through this or have gone through the same situation; I think it well help me emotionally deal with the situation better.

If anyone is out there, I would appreciate your input!

Thanks for listening.


Tags: womens health, Preventive Medicine, cervical cancer, Pap Smears, Cone Biopsy Procedure


Posted by @bt, Nov 22, 2012

I am 58 years old. I had a vaginal hysterectomy when I was 32 due to cancer. The vaginal method was very easy to recovery from, however during my surgery they discovered I had a cyst on one of my ovaries, that broke. I lost that ovary. I had been having severe cramps every month and they had done several ultra-sounds, but the monthly cyst I was having was never seen. Because of my history of cramping they should have done an ultra-sound immediately before surgery. I don't want to sound negative. I still had one ovary and did not go on any kind of hormone therapy for many years. I did not miss my uterus. My sex drive was the same. I did not feel somehow less feminine. I feel the best way to get rid of cancer cells is to remove them.


Posted by @inlaca, Dec 2, 2012

Dear BT,

Thanks very much for taking the time to write back to me and telling me your story. Both my gynecologist and my surgeon are optimistic in my recovery, but I also understand that there is a wide range of reactions that people can have from this surgery. Although my Drs believe that having this procedure done will "cure" the diagnosis, I also recognize that while they are in there they will inspect the area for any other issues so I will only have some piece of mind after the surgery is done and they tell me everything else looked good and all tests were negative. I will be having the surgery next week; they said I will be in the hospital one night, most likely and can go home the next day. I do have concerns about how I will function once I get home since I live alone. If you would be willing to share any more of your experience with me, things like, how long you were in the hospital, how long you needed pain meds, could you walk up and down stairs, how long did you stay home before you went out on your own, how much bleeding, etc... these little details will help me gauge my expectations a little.... and I will gain comfort in that.
Thanks again!



Posted by @bt, Dec 3, 2012

I stayed in the hospital one night. I did not need pain meds, just tylenol. I walked stairs. I had very little bleeding. I don't think I was suppose to lift anything over 5-10 pounds for a week or so. After three weeks I was ready to go back to work. Like any surgery, give yourself time to heal. Don't drive if you are heavily medicated. Following your after-surgery instructions. I wish you well.


Posted by @inlaca, Dec 3, 2012

Thanks again for your response. I might get back in touch with other Qs when I'm going through it all, but I really really appreciate you sharing your experience with me. have a great holiday season!
; )



Posted by @inlaca, Dec 19, 2012

Dear BT,

Well, I had my surgery a week and a half ago and all went well. 12 hours after surgery I was up and walking and I was out of the hospital the next morning. I was on pain meds straight for maybe 2-3 days and then I change to only at night. I have been doing really well, as you described and I am very thankful for that. I did stop taking pain meds all together until last night- when I had some small abdominal pains and then again this morning. I know I should be ovulating around now, and my "period" would be due at the end of the month... My question for you is about that... if you remember.... do you remember after the surgery, did you have any pains around your ovulation time or period time?

I hope you are doing well; have a great holiday season!!!



Posted by @bt, Dec 20, 2012

I am happy your surgery went well. I did not have more than an occasional twinge when I was ovulating after surgery. It is actually pretty awesome not to have to deal with your period every month. After awhile you forget you ever had one. Take care. Merry Christmas and have a great new year!

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