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I have had five bartholins cysts over a period of about four years. Three times I've had it lanced, fourth it ruptured on it's own, and rcently I finally had it removed (the cyst, not gland) and marsupialized. I just want to share with you all my experience and what I was told my my doctor.
My surgery was done under general anesethic, which I would recommend anyone having it done insist on having. There's no reason for it to be done only with local, in fact my doctor used both. My surgery only took 30 minutes, and I was in the hospital for six hours. Afterwards, I had pain for only about a day and bleeding for a couple of days. It's only been two weeks but I am so happy with this experince and hope to never have to deal this problem again!
Advice and info I've gathered mostly for my doctor: I was lucky to find an OBGYN who is also a practicing surgeon (she was the 4th Dr. I'd been to about this) and she did an AMAZING job.
1. Alternate between ice and wet heat on area (mostly ice though) prior to procedure.
2. DO NOT have in lanced more than once. It will only keep coming back and build up scar tissue, making surgery more difficult. (lancing recurrence rate is 30% and marsup is 3%)
3. Don't take sitz baths or any other type of bath after surgery as it could reinfect the area.
4. If you shave, that likely contributes to the problem.
5. Again, don't have it marsup'ed under only local anesethic, if your Dr. suggests that, find another one! it is cruel and unnecessarily painful.
I'd recommed my doctor to anyone dealing with this horrible problem, so if anyone around south eastern/central PA happens tos read this, let me know and I'll give you her name!
I'd really love to start a website for info on this issue as well as doctor reviews because that seems to make a world of difference.
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