Bartholin Gland Removal

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Hello ladies,

I'm looking for feedback on recovery time from the complete removal of the Bartholin Gland. I think I'm going to go with this option rather than the marsupulization.

My doctor told me it would be outpatient. How long before you were able to return to work? Will I feel like taking care of my two year old? How long before you felt like having sex?

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    I had my gland taken out 7/7/15.  It was done as an outpatient.  Give yourself at least a week off from work.  Everyone is different in terms of healing.  I could have returned to a desk job after a week, but my excision was very straightforward because my gland/cyst was walnut size and did not have any scarring or issues.  Some patients who have had many abscesses/marsupializations etc. sometimes will have trickier excisions.  Ideally, give yourself 2 weeks of rest so that you heal quickly.  I did have moderate bleeding for a full week.  My doctor prescribed estrogen cream (Estrace) to use for 2 weeks to reduce hardness in the area.  I still have twinges and discomfort.  It's about 9 weeks now.  It's not back to normal, but I am guessing this will just take time.  
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      So it sounds like you decided to just get rid of the gland without going through any other proceedures? I've had mine drained once and it came back within a month. I think I just want to do away with it and be done. It sounds like some women who have the marsupulization still have problems with it coming back.
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    I am 50 years old.  My first and only abscess was when I was 24.  That was drained and I never had a reoccurrence.  About 2 years ago I noticed the same gland seemed enlarged.  There was no pain.  After the age of 40, some doctors think the gland must come out if there is enlargement, due to the risk of cancer.  
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    I wrote a whole discussion on this if you want to check it out. I work from home, but 2 weeks was about right. I don't have children, so I can't provide much insight about that. I was ready for sex about 8 weeks after my surgery.
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