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Well...I am 6 days post-op bilat bartholin gland removal. It's been a long process! Over a year. I had the right drained once and marsuplialized once. Both times in office....nohing more than local lidocaine. The cyst remained gone most of the summer. I however was disappointed as I was told I could no longer ride my road bike. I tried to ride a couple times over the summer and sure enough...it irritated my glands....which I had by then developed a small cyst on the left. I even was able to summit mount Whitney (the highest peak in the continental USA) in August. But by September I developed right hip pain....which had been happening on and off for a couple years. Strangely enough....when the cyst was drained the hip pain totally disappeared. I had not realized how much pain I was in until it was gone. I went to two gynos and each was only willing to take the right side out. I continuued to research and look for someone to remove both glands ...as the cyst on the right side was causing hip pain. I finally found an awesome gyno who also had a gyno/oncologist scrub in....and I am recovering now (6 days post op bilat gland removal). I had a miserable few days but worked today (I am a nurse and work in the OR and ER)....it was uncomfortable but nothing that ibuprofen and Tylenol couldn't handle! My husband has been awesome thru it all along with my friends and co-workers whom I m sure have heard enough about my vagina. I am looking forward to riding my bike and being active again. I felt I needed to share as while it's been a long process I was definately disappointed in the lack of info out there about bartholin cysts/gland issues. Even as a nurse....I had a hard time finding info!!! And the info provided by the 7 doctors I have seen over the past year all was different by each doctor. My hip pain was gone for 2 days...but is back...I m hoping it's just swelling in the tissues. My doctor that removed them said that the cyst on the right was so deep that it was up against the prudental nerves...thus causing the hip pain. I will update in a few weeks!
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