first gynaecology appointment re complex ovarian cyst what to expect?

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hi everyone, I previously posted about my complex (solid and fluid) complex cyst and tomorrow is my appointment with a specialist. 

The appointment letter says they may do this or that but I just wanted to ask what your experiences were... did you have another ultrasound or other scans? 

The only times I've been to see a gynaecologist was just for routine exams, i just wanted to know what to generally expect.... of course i'm hoping for some peace of mind smile 

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    My Gp had already sent me for a diagnostic ultrasound so when I saw the consultant he had that already, but still did a short ultrasound himself, at the time and confirmed the need for surgery.I was also referred for a CT scan of pelvis and abdomen. My Gp had already done this after the ultrasound so I didn't have to wait for the consultant to do it and it was a week later.  The consultant scheduled surgery as soon as he had the CT. my appointment was much like any other I had, just remember to ask any questions you have, even write them down before. 

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    Hi i was sent for CT scan then gynae specialists looked at scan mine's is complex cyst on left ovary and they also discovered one on right ovary they said there is nothing sinister but I am 54 and due to still having heavy periods im having a hysterectomy in January so dont worry about further investigation its normal xx

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    I had an ultrasound which was totally painless and was also referred for a CT scan a week later. It showed the size of my cyst and also that I had clots on my lungs due to the pressure the cyst was placing on my blood vessels running down my back. The pressure also made my left leg swell to twice its normal size which terrified me.

    I had the cyst removed along with a TAH on 27 November. My legs are back to normal now and I have just been told there was no cancer present on the cyst material which was a fluid one - he drained 5.5 litres.

    Try not to worry, none of the tests I got were bad, the womb biopsy was a bit sore but I got a local anaesthetic which helped. I hope you got on alright today tar and you have a date for surgery. You will feel so much better without the thing trust me!! xx

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      Hi Susannah, I am going in on Monday for TAH and laporotomy to remove a 20x30cm cyst. Can I ask how soon you were back on your feet? I've 3 children so surgery the week before Christmas isn't ideal and I'm a bit anxious about open abdominal surgery. Any tips?

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      Hi veebee, yes I can understand your concerns with three children and Christmas literally around the corner. I am making excellent progress, three weeks on Monday since my op, and I am able to move around freely, started to iron, vacuum and lift things (you forget you aren't supposed to!! ) and generally speaking I feel great. I did start a sort of watery bloody type discharge last Sunday  8  days post op and I asked my GP about it when I saw her on Thursday. She said it is just part of healing, so I am reassured. Positive mental attitude is vital veebee but you sound like you have that. If it helps I am 69 - ok no kids running about but we see our son and grandson a lot, the 10 year old grandson is pretty active and although I feel tired I am by no means out of it!!

      Sending huge healing vibes and a HUGE hug too, good luck on Monday x

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    thank you everyone for your comments! are you all based in the UK? my appointment was at East Surrey hospital and it went quite well. Saw a nice lady consultant, she did an ultrasound, swab of my cervix, asked me some questions about my medical / gyn history and she said she's not worried as there isn't any vascularity and it looks like my mass/zyst has shrunk a little, from 48mm to 38mm. She also said my ovary looks enlarged so she thinks I may have an infection. So everything fairly positive. I was given augmentin to take for a week and she did some blood tests for hcg, alpha fetoprotein and testosterone levels I'm back there for another ultrasound in a month's time.

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      I think this is what they call "watch and wait" isn't it? They monitor the size of the cyst by ultrasound and see if it goes on its own. Good luck with that Tar, it all sounds pretty positive. Yes I am UK based, Scotland in fact and my op was at the RAH in Paisley. Amazing treatment and care, could not fault it in any way at all.

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