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I am 25 years old, mother of 2. I have gotten recurring Bartholin's Cysts since I was 18. I have had a total of 11 of them. I've gone to an ER to have them drained / lanced 5 times, 3 of those times I have had a word catheter inserted, 2 of those 3 times the catheter fell out the next day. I have drained this sucker on my own 5 times (from the incision made from the ER visits), and this last time it popped up, I decided I'd had enough! Usually at the ER, they lance it, give me some antibiotics, it goes away and I'm fine for a few months to a year. This time I made an appointment with my Gyno & I expressed that I would like to have the whole gland removed. I've done a lot of research on this thing in the 7 years of having them. I researched causes, symptoms, home remedies, everything. My doctor told me he'd rather not remove the entire gland for 2 reasons. First he told me that it is a HUGE surgery. I asked him what makes it so "huge" & he explained to me that it's because of the amount of blood loss, the 'cavity' it leaves, & sometimes disfiguration!? So he urged that I get a Marsupialization. I was upset at first because I was tired of the damn thing and just wanted it completely gone!!! I agreed to it, after it, it was better than nothing. I went in for pre-op a week later & surgery a week after that (which was yesterday) He did put me under to do the surgery & it was about a 15-20 minute operation with a 30 minute recovery. He said that I still had a lot of liquid inside of the cyst so he drained that before suturing. This morning I woke up sore & still swollen. I still feel a lump. So I called my doctor and he says that it is normal. And that it could take up to 2-3 weeks for swelling to go completely away!! I do feel a bit discouraged, as I was hoping it would be back flat again, and my lady area would look like a normal one again, but I am trying to stay positive and will update in about a month on how things are going.
I hope anyone else that has gone thru this has had success with it. I would truly like to hear anyone's experience. Especially if it's a recent one.
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