11-13cm dermoid cyst removal.

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I was diagnosed with a 11-13cm dermoid cyst on my left ovary in July. After 2 MR scans, and an ultra sound they've decided today open surgery is the best option. To remove the left ovary and tube. I'm booked in for Sept 7th or if there is an earlier cancellation appointment then I'm in before. They've said they will try to save the right ovary but it's pushed out by the cyst and damage can't be fully accessed until after surgery. I'm hopeful that it can be saved though as me and my partner don't have a child yet and we would love to have one in the future! Has anyone else had any good news stories about going on to conceive with one ovary... Or had a similar procedure? If my remaining ovary is damaged will they take some of my eggs incase of IVF? I'm so scared... My mum is on holiday abroad... (The only person I want right now!) And I don't want to worry or upset her while she's away... But could do with a mum chat and some reassurance please guys... Thanks in advance!x

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    Ask, everything and more. Don't go into this blind.

    Tell your consultant and anyone else who will listen that you want children in the future. It's too big a thing not to be sure about, don't feel as though you're being a pest, it's too late afterwards, find out everything you can.

    Hopefully they won't need to take both your ovaries ( I had my right one removed due to a cyst four months ago, the adhesions from a previous hysterectomy made it difficult and it was a longer surgery than expected, but getting there now )

    But one ovary is enough to get pregnant, and if not, IVF is a lot more common and successful nowadays, so they should harvest enough eggs for several babies.

    Try not to worry too much, the cyst needs to go. Wishing you luck, and a speedy recovery.x.

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      aww thankyou Laura, hope you're feeling better after your operation! I'm going to try and get a number for the consultant on Monday, so I can these questions... Should of asked today, but it's a lot to take in, and I'm the worst at the best of times for asking the right questions, my partner bought me a little recorder but felt rude when it came to it to ask to record the visit... Should of in hindsight! Lesson learnt eh! Thanks again Laura much appreciated xx

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      Make a list, they're used to patients forgetting to ask things. I think you are so stressed you only take in half of what they say anyway.

      I'm the worst in the world, have all these questions whizzing round in my head, and go totally blank, when I get the customary" Is there anything you would like to ask?"

      Don't feel rude about recording it, you'll also forget what he's said as well.

      Goodbluck on Monday.x.

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    on july 2015 i had a 17cm dermoid cyst removed along with my ovary. it was open laparotomy due to its size. To my surprise i got pregnant on september. its not a hindrance to conceive with one ovary as long as your menses are still regular. goodluck!
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    You poor girl, it sucks went you need mom's hug and can't get it. Sending one from across the pond. I'm sure she's distraught not being there for you. Just finished reading a good story of a great Dr. saving ovaries. Please seek a second opinion if you don't think the surgeon is vested in saving your fertility. There's a difference between preparing you for the worse versus taking the easiest path.

    Also, harvesting eggs for future IVF is an involved process. Massive hormones are used to mature multiple eggs at once. The treatment would likely complicate your current situation so I doubt that is an option but you should discuss the possiblity with your Dr.

    Since the cyst is on the left ovary your right ovary normally wouldn't be an issue so be sure to ask why they are concerned about it.

    Don't be afraid to record or take notes or both. Take someone you trust with you if that helps (your partner?). I come from a medical family and know the lingo but was forgetful and scared to death when I was going through mine. A dear friend offered to go and I accepted. Just having her there relaxed me enough to be able to hear what I was being told instead of panicking.

    You must stress and protect your desire to have children and seek a specialist if you are not comfortable with the explanation you receive. It may not be feasible but you need to be sure.

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