Questions about Open Surgery for a Cyst

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Hello all.

I need some advice from ladies who have had surgery to remove a large cyst.

I am having a Laporatomy to remove the 7cm cyst and poss the ovary and tube. Yes I am scared for the surgery but this i cannot control.

I do have questions that I am sure ladies who have been through the same, can advise.

I am a forward thinking and planner and want to ensure my recovery is as best as possible.

So I apologise for the questions.

When I return from the hospital will I be able to do basics like making a easy lunch and a cuppa?

Did you ladies find it best to rest on the sofa or in bed?

Did you find a decrease in appetite?

I need to prepare my hubby as he useless at normal stuff so need a plan in place for him. Including maybe getting him to book a week off or so if I need him to help me ie getting my lunch

Sorry if I sound dumb but I have never had this and I have so many queries.

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    Hello

    Firstly, are you having a bikini line cut or vertical?

    I had the vertical cut from my belly button down past the pubic line.

    The operation and recovery really were not as bad as I first thought. The toughest thing you will do will be the first day getting out of bed after the op. But it gets better every time after that smile

    I was in hospital for 3 nights, against peoes adivce, I did make myself a light lunch and get myself drinks when I got home (I hate relying on people). I just had to have everything at my level as bending was a no go.

    I found resting on the sofa was comfortable. I had a pillow to sit on, and two pillows behind me for support. And a stool to rest my feet on. During the day, resting on the sofa was easier as getting out of bed was quite a task. Just make sure you have things to push yourself up from.

    For the first couple of weeks I had decreased appetite, but I think a lot of that was down to the fact I was so tired all the time.

    I think you hear a lot of horror story recoveries, but I can honestly say mine was no where near as bad as I was expecting.

    I hope it goes well for you and don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions x

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    My daughter was taken to hospital on 27/12 with what they thought was appendicitis after an ultrasound she was found to have a 32x30x20 cm cyst she was taken to theatre cut from belly button down the cyst was drained of 12 litres of fluid and the cyst and her ovary was removed. Up until that day she had no symptoms. She had pain after for a couple of days and had to give her self clexane injections twice a day for 10 days.Her wound got a slight infection but antibiotics cleared that up. 2 weeks after she was pretty much back to normal. Now apart from a scar you would never know she had it
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    I had a 7.5 cm cyst removed, both ovaries, both tubes and a d&c done on August 20. It was laparoscopic. I rolled into surgery at 11:15 and was left the hospital at 1:30. I woke feeling fine, no pain except a little burning from the cathider. I had surgery on a Thursday so my husband took Friday off and stayed home with me for the weekend. I rested in bed the first day and just took it easy on the couch for a couple of days. I could do any thing I wanted that day when I got home but it was nice having my husband home so I didn't have to. If your surgery is laparoscopic, you can expect very very minimal discomfort. I took the pain meds the dr gave me but only half the dose that they said I could take for 4 days. I did lose a few pounds as the pain meds made me not hungry. Hope this helps and good luck on your surgery! You will be just fine.
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    Hi i had dermoid tumor removed and both ovaries ,bikini line staples,i came home next day ,just rest it will get better very fast ,but dont overdo it,wish you all the best magssmilex
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      Where are you all from that they actually still cut you open. Here you get three small incisions. No bandages, just some glue over the tiny incision and stitches that go away on their own.
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      I'm in England and they had to cut me open because my biggest cyst (26x20x16) was actually an almost solid tumour which turned out to be borderline cancer so they couldn't risk it splitting open or anything
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      I'm in the US, in Missouri.. and due to the size of the cyst and the uncertainty of it being cancerous they are going to do an open surgery on me as well.  The laproscopic surgery isn't an option for me as it is for some others, especially if you have a smaller cyst with no questions
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    Thanks for the help everyone.

    Great tips Megg1234

    Its gonna be a vertical with a hospital stay of about 3-4 days.

    I am way too proactive and already planning my stay and my recovery.

    Is that silly?

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      Just try to get out of bed the morning after your op and stay in your chair for a while smile the more you can move the quicker you will heal.

      You will probably sleep for the majority of the hospital stay. I wasn't bored once because i either had visitors or was sleeping smile

      Best wishes with your surgery

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      Why such a big incision for a small cyst? I have never heard of such a thing. Here they pull everything out of a tiny hole. They took my tubes ovaries and cyst out of a hole that was less than 1/2 inch. 
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    Hi,

    i had had a vertical laparotomy 4 months ago to remove a 20cm cyst. Like the others have said getting up and moving around will be good for you. I was able to do the basic things around the house like making a cuppa, breakfast etc. when I got out and was able to sit on the sofa with a couple of big cushions propped behind me. I found it was more effort to get up and out the sofa without cushions, so see what works for you. 

    I didn't have any decrease in appetite with this surgery, but had to then have a TAH (cyst turned out to be borderline mucinous tumor) 7 weeks later-I really suffered from nausea and no appetite for a good 10 days. It then slowly returned, not sure if the general anaesthetic was to blame, or my innards moving around to fill the space left behind!

    My partner took a week off both times and I was really glad as I would have struggled with things. Bending and reaching was pretty painful, and still can be. You have to listen to your body, you'll know when you've done too much by the end of the day that's for sure. 

    its perfectly normal to be anxious, but it's not as bad as your mind imagines. 

    Wishing you all the best, you'll be fine :-)

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    I had two cysts removed one 12cm the other 10cm in Jan 2015.

    To start decrease in appetite yes, I could only eat like clear liquids,soup etc. I didnt get my appetite back for like 3 weeks after.Food tasted starnge to me, I was nauseuos from the anesthesia afterwards. Doctor prescrtibed zofran and oxycodone for pain. When I first got home couldnt do much but bed rest hard to walk around,every day gets better though.Had to get help dressing and putting on shoes. My bed was up to high I have a queen size bed so I had to sleep on a lower bed, You will need six weeks off I know I did! Please feel free to email me if you have any other concerns

    Dawn

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    Can you look for a surgeon who will do it laparascopically?  I had a 10 cm csyt and a smaller cyst, with both ovaries, done laparascopically -- but I had to do a bit of hunting around to find a surgeon who would try with one so big.  That said...it was well worth the search.  It will be four weeks since my surgery tomorrow and I am 99% back to normal, was back to work in a week.  Sending lots of good mojo!
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