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I decided to make a new thread because the other one was a lot of chit chat about post surgery and I wanted fo share my experience. I am 24 and was diagnosed with a 26cm x 13.5cm x 29cm about 2 and a half weeks ago after a routine exam.
To start, I got a call yesterday to let me know that I was to arrive at 6:15am, and surgery was at 8:00am. The hospital is about an hour and 20 minutes from where we live so we got up at 3am and arrived early at 5:40am and they proceeded to check me in. After waiting for maybe 5 minites, they called me into the back to prep for surgery without my spouse. They said once I was all prepped, she could come and wait with me.
First thing I did was strip down and take out my piercings. They collected a urine sample to test for pregnancy. They proceeded to start an IV on me. Started on the hand, but too much movement caused her to lose the vein. So they did it in the middle of my under arm. Surprisinfly, they injected me with a numbing agent before both, which barely hurt and the only thing that I felt was pressure! With that being said, I opted to NOT have having the epidural catheter that was offered for pain management and went with extra pain control intervenously despite any side affects that may occur.
So because I was feeling anxious before surgery so they have me Versed(?) and wow, I was on cloud nine! I also was given oral pain medicine as well, some as big as a horse pill but I had take it.
I met with a bunch of pre op nurses, resident doctors, my surgeon and my anesthesia team. They asked me some questions and I asked a lot of questions. The resident doctor said my right ovary and tube would likely have to be removwd due to extrextremely large cyst.
I eventually get wheeled off into surgery which i
remember. The last thing I remember is lying in surgery and being told to breathe into a mask 10 times.
Next thing I remember is waking up in recovery ansolutelty freezing! They gave me more blankets and checked my vitals. The pain wasn't awful but definitely 8/10. I was so anxious I felt like I was going to have a panic attack so they tried to finish up and get me to my hospital room asap.., I was in recovery for an hour and a half and surgery was 2 hours. AND they were able to keep my ovaries intact! The resident doctor said it couldn't have gone any better. I'm on my period so they let me keep a tampon in during pre-opt and then they took it out in the surgery room for me.
Wnen I went to my room I had a lot of people ask how I was doing and how they were in the surgery room and already met me but I had no idea who they were LOL In my room they added morphine into my IV and gave me Clomipen(?) to calm me down. I also have some fancy socks and my lega are in padded devices (like the ones you use to check blood pressure). My catheter was still in up unti 4 hours ago. I've had to make my way to the bathoom with assistance and it was painfull. Whenever I was in there, I felt like dizzy, nauseous, panicking and like I was freezing and about to pass out. I make my way back to the bed as fast as I can. I'm in pain but not being to stand is an issue and my vitals are fine so maybe I shoud ask for an anti-anxiety medication. However, they are currentlh rotating me on morphine in the IV and oral Purcasets(?).
I have a good appetite and they said if I'm doing well, I could possibly leave tomorrow however I plan on requesting an extra day regardless. Although I had a laparotomy, and they originally thought it would have vertical from my bellybutt down, they ended up doing a horizontal bikini cut.
They drained 6 litres of liquid, so abour 13-14 pounds of weight loss I will be getting! They will be sending a biopsy as well for cancer screening and they think its highlt unlikely. And just note for anyone who hasn't followed my last thead, the CT scan results indicate it is most likely a serous cystadenoma, a benign cyst. They suggested l go on birth control to decrease the risk of them reoccuring.
Anyway, I think that's. And yes, I am high as a kite while writing this, it's taken me an hour to type this out on my phone... Haha!
All and all the pain is alright, and I'm getting more comfortable with the medical procedures. It is not as scary as you think it will be, everyone was right. If anyone has any queations, or wants to add anything, please do!!
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