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Hi there, I'm new to the board. I was told yesterday that I needed a TAH BOS - this after an incidental finding of a 9.3 cm mass in my pelvis after a spinal MRI for leg discomfort. Ultrasound confirmed the mass on my right ovary. They are querying dermoid cyst but until it's removed and histology done, they can't offer definitive diagnosis. So, after the Ultrasound I was referred to gynae under 2 week rule and was seen yesterday. Because of the size of it I was told it had to be removed via open surgery, not laparoscopically. Also because of my age (47) and the fact that I would be going through menopause in a few years probably, they didn't feel they wanted to leave the other ovary as it may have led to complicatios further down the line, meaning more surgery. The upshot is I've been listed for TAH BOS. This will be done in next few weeks. So no time to think about it, no time to digest it all and I'm petrified. I've never had surgery of any kind. Instant surgical menopause - HRT - increased risk of breast cancer? No risk of cervical cancer as they're taking the cervix - taking the lot. I don't know how I feel - I feel as though I'm on a high speed train rushing through every station at 100mph and I can't stop and think. It's gone from leg ache to mass on MRI to ultrasound to 2 week rule appt to listing for surgery. I'm on my own with my 15 year old son. I hate the thought of being so reliant for however long, not being able to drive, having to have several months off work - the recovery is daunting - surgery is terrifying. I think I just need reassurance about the op, recovery, advice on what I can't do? Many thanks for your help and advice.
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