Hysterectomy success stories

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Does anyone have a hysterectomy success story? I'm booked in next week and am having serious doubts about whether I should go ahead with it. 

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    Hi Sarah

    It’s the best thing I ever did health wise.

    no more pain or periods.

    i was 42, didn’t need my bits anymore, had a full hysterectomy and as I see it, 

    3 less things to go wrong with my body, womb, ovarian and cervical cancer.

    I’m on HRT have been for 15 years and have no plans on stopping at the moment.

    im sure you will be fine. 

    Good Luck with whatever you decide 

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      Hi Dee.

      Weight gain can be one of the side effect of HRT I’m afraid. I’m always up and down on the scale. Always have been so I Carnt really blame it on the hrt.  But some may say on here that they haven’t put on weight think it depends of the individual and what HRT they are on. 

      Sorry for not being of any help 

      Read up on which one has least side effects, but I’m happy and settled on tiberlone 

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    It would be helpful to know why you're having one, and what type you're having.  Its not that simple.  Many women have hysterectomies because they have no choice--such as in cancer.  That's why I had mine.  

    Some women who've had hysterectomies have had bad experiences, but I think that women whose go well and recover easily aren't apt to visit sites like this, where you're somewhat more likely not  to see success stories, unfortunately. Those women are more likely to respond negatively to questions like yours. 

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    Also I would like to add that I had ovarian cysts on both ovaries and endermetrosis which had attached to my bowel, cervix and making its way up to my kidneys.

    I was operated on 2 weeks after being seen by the consultant, because they didn’t no what they where dealing with.

    i am one of those success stories and hope you are to. 

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    Why are you having a hysterectomy Sarah, can you give more info such as are they keeping your cervix and fallopian tubes, how old are you etc, thanks.
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    I'm 46 with a 7cm fibroid that has caused an umbilical hernia. I am keeping my cervix and ovaries (hopefully) but don't know if these reasons justify such major surgery. Am I just having a nervous wobble? 

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    Keeping the cervix and ovaries would, to me, be better than removing them, just wondering if there is any way they can take the fibroid out without the hysterectomy.  For the record, I take on board all the comments about hysterectomy for some women, being the best thing that every happened to them.  Also appreciate that success stories are not written about as, presumably, these lucky women just go about their lives with a happy outcome and don't post online, However, for me, if I had the choice again I would not have had a hysterectomy.  Wish someone had, in fact, been negative about their outcome as I wouldn't have gone ahead.  It's a lottery, I think, on the skills of the surgeon as to how you end up afterwards, what they take out and what major nerves are cut.  So at the expense of some ladies on this forum hating me, no one can guarantee their experience with what could happen with someone else's experience.  Are you in the UK Sarah?  If you can go to the expense of getting another opinion from a private surgeon, I would recommend it.  All the best to you in your decision.  

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      Hello

      I'm sorry to hear about your negative experiences.  I had a very positive experience (see my reply to Sarah).  I've stayed on this site so that I can contribute so that there are balanced views.  Of course the ultimate decision has to be made by the individual but my advice would be to read and be well informed plus choose a surgeon with an excellent reputation.  I paid privately for mine as I wish only to be operated on by consultants.  I also had the benefit of having gone to this gynaecologist for three years for HRT so had built a good rapport and relationship with him.  He was young and up with the latest knowledge.  He said "if you were my mother, I'd want you to have a hysterectomy".  That was sufficient for me as sons love their Mums and want the best for them.  (I don't have a son!).  

      Kind regards

      Lyn

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    I think every opinion is valid as everyone's experience is unique. I have been backwards and forwards to the consultants and sought lots of opinions from women who have had the op. I'm totally on the fence and scared stiff to be honest. So worried about regretting it and there will be no going back 

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      Sarah, you are quite correct.  No one's physiology is the same, and no one's body reacts to surgical procedures similarly. Despite what many physicians believe.  The  skill of the surgeon is important, too.

      Is your doctor concerned that your body will still form fibroids in your uterus, unless your uterus is removed?    

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    Yes I had a TCRE to remove my endometrial lining 3 years ago and the fibroids continued to grow within the lining of the uterus. I'm just not sure whether I should hang on for a few years until they begin to shrink naturally during menopause

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      I'm sure that could be hoped for...but perhaps your doctor is concerned about more abnormal types of growths.  Your fibroids seem to have caused you some major difficulty already.  And menopause doesn't always mean fibroids shrink, you still retain some estrogen.  I know.  Enough estrogen to cause endometrial cancer, for instance.  

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    Hello Sarah

    As has been said by a number of people already, everyone has a different experience.  It is natural to be apprehensive about any surgery.  My own experience was an extremely positive one.  I had a total hysterectomy in May because a biopsy had shown some changes that my gynaecologist was concerned about so I elected to have a hysterectomy on his advice.  A week after the op I felt as though I had not had surgery, other than feeling tired.  The histology showed complex hyperplasia so no cancer but with the hysterectomy I've eliminated four possible cancers - endometrial, cervical, tubal, and ovarian.  I was on HRT previously and I'm still on oestrogen.  I feel absolutely marvellous.  I've had 6 surgeries in 4 years for other non-related conditions and I'm categorised as "awkward to intubate" so the anaesthetic has always been my concern rather than surgery.  Having confidence in your surgeon is very important.  I went privately so knew the consultant who was operating on me.  My care was excellent and I stayed in hospital for 3 nights.  

    All the best Sarah - do let us know how things go for you.  

    Re positive experiences, I've stayed on this site because I think that it's important to contribute and support others who might be apprehensive.  Lyn

     

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