Post-surgery update - completely unexpected results!

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Hello Ladies... just got home a little while ago after a 10-hour day at the hospital.  For anyone new to my situation, I was supposed to have an ovary removed that appeared to contain some type of mass, in addition to having a couple of small uterine polyps removed.  My doctor ordered lab work on hormone levels and cancer markers that was all normal.  She said that the mass was contained within the ovary and appeared to be solid.  So this is everything we knew going into surgery.

Well, I had the surgery today, and guess what... there was nothing in the ovary!!!!!!!!!  I was awake in the recovery room, and extremely dizzy, when my doctor came in with a big smile to tell me.  She explained that I have a benign "floating" fibroid outside of my uterus that has been positioned in such a way that it has been pressing on the ovary.  The ovary itself was a yellowish color, not the whitish color that it should be, but she said it was not the color that it would be if cancer was present. However, to be sure, she removed it and a frozen section was done on it that confirmed no cancer.

She also removed the two uterine polyps, in addition to a cervical polyp that also turned up, and these are all expected to be benign.  The other ovary has a functional cyst present that she said will be gone in a few weeks.  She also did a D & C as expected.  The pathology results will be back on Monday or Tuesday.

I am still in total shock about the ovary.  Since I was so dizzy when she told me, I couldn't process what the doctor told me at all.  After they put me back in my day surgery room with my mom (I was allowed one person with me there), she explained it all to me.  They gave me a pain pill and I slept for about 2 hours and then a nurse with really cold hands came in to wake me up.  I had some juice and crackers, and a couple of cups of water, and after a while they made sure that I could urinate and sent me home.  I'm staying with my family while I recover and they are a huge help.

So that is everything for now!  I learned a lot today.  It has been crazy and the outpatient day surgery unit was very noisy, so I am grateful to be home.  I will have a follow-up appointment with the doctor on May 4, assuming that no emergencies or complications arise.

Time to rest more now, feeling sore and a bit yucky.  Thanks again for all your support!

Elizabeth 💕

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    Wow! That's a lot to take in! So happy that everything looks good at this point! Yes, rest as much as you can, bodies way of healing. Hope you are feeling better each day, keep us updated! Thoughts and prayers to you🙏🏼🙏🏼
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    Good to hear your update Elizabeth. Hope all your doubts get sorted out and in a positive way soon. Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts !
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    Wow !!!!!!!!! Bloody fantastic Elizabeth amazing but fantastic outcome so very pleased😊😊😊did you read mine too ? Wow amazing too a very sinister looking cyst turned out to be an endometrioma 😊😊😊😊😊
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      WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!  😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 No, I didn't see that, but I will certainly find it!  Michelle, I am so happy for you.  It is wonderful that we both got good news!  Do you feel as I do that we have learned a lot from all this?????  What a ride.  
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      I know Elizabeth wowwwwwww!!!!!!paige has been my saving grace we have very similar cyst and mine actually has worse features and Mri showed endometriosis in ovary bladder and ligaments !! I always thought i could have this but never got diagnosed.we have all learnt life is too very short and it can change like switching on a light just like that.we need now to enjoy life to the full Elizabeth and you're so right what a ride !!!!! 😊😊😊😊😊
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      YES - that is exactly it - life is short and everything can change in an instant. I went from seeing a GP in early January for what I thought was a UTI to having a CT scan and Cystoscopy with a urologist in February to taking the CT scan report advising about the "enlarged ovary" to a gynecologist, then scheduling surgery in March and now having had it done in April and concluding with this floating fibroid, removal of the ovary and three polyps... WHEW.  I look back at it all and can't believe how many appointments, tests, scans, lab samples, and calls about results, scheduling, prescriptions, etc have been involved.  I've had Crohn's disease for 20 years, too, and am due to have a colonoscopy this year.  It has really been crazy, but what I am learning gradually is that we do have to take life a day at a time, sometimes a moment at a time, and appreciate as much as we can the good times.  I found out about these forums by searching online for information about enlarged ovaries and cysts, and in the end didn't have that issue at all, but I'm thankful to have joined this community and to learn to start dealing with my peri and anxiety issues while also getting through this surgery, and I could not have done it without you wonderful ladies.  💕
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    So thankful no cancer and all went well with the surgery. I pray that no cancer is present in my case as well. Stay hydrated and get some rest smile 
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