Scheduled for prolapse surgery

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and have concerns about removal of uterus at 72 yrs old.  Will this affect my general health in the years ahead. 

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    There is NOTHING else they can do?

    Im not a health professional...but my eyes popped open when I read this.

    Because when I was younger, I'm 52...My mother is a Nurse...and I heard all the time how much a hysterectomy takes out of a person.  So, I can't imagine a surgeon or Dr. wanting to do this at 72 years old.

    I don't want to scare you...and see what others think.  BUT..YOU already have a concern...because you are typing here.

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      Interesting that I cannot seem to find any "long term" affects of uterus removal anywhere.  My health and vitality are VERY good at almost 73 and do not want to hurry my aging body in the wrong direction...LOL!

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      No, I don't think there are long term effects.

      I think it is the recovery time...because of the hormone disruption...and removing an organ from your body.

       

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      Hysterectomy is a very simple straightforward operation these days performed either vaginally or by keyhole surgery. Recovery doesn't take as long as it does for prolapse repair surgery and women are usually back to work after 6 weeks these days. There are many reasons a surgeon would perform this on a 72 year old. 72 isn't old and it's likely to improve a woman's health. I've nursed many over 70's and they recover remarkably well, as well as a 45year old.

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      My concern is NOT the surgery itself.  It is IF the removal of my uterus will have effects on my general health in the years ahead.....bone density, heart health, etc. My general health right now is super!   So far the only reason I have come up with for uterus removal during bladder propase surgery is "it is easier for the surgeon".  Would love to hear better reasons then that!

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      It won't be easier for the surgeon at all and I don't know what makes you think that. If you want better reasons ask him, I don't know anything about you or what made the consultant who I presume is a Urogynaecologist (if he isn't walk away and ask to be referred to one) decide you need a hysterectomy. I've worked in gynaecology for more years than I care to mention and it won't be easier at all. Regarding your bone density and heart well that's all down to the oestrogen that's produced in women who menstruate. I presume you are past the menopause so the risks will remain the same whether you have a uterus or not. Just to add if you don't want a hysterectomy, don't consent to it, it's your body and your decision.

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      I understand her concern however, this used to be considered a "big" surgery.....but the alternative of having a prolapsed uterus can not be comfortable.

       

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      Thanks for  your input.  It gives me more info  in making an informed decision about surgery and what it will entail.  Yes, it is a very fine  urogynocolgist  doing my surgery.  I do have an appt scheduled with him coming up before surgery.  I will go to it with my questions as an informed patient.  Thank again!!!
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      Obviously you need the bladder repair but if you have no other problems ask your Urogynaecologist to leave your uterus where it is. Good luck with your appointment.
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    It will probably improve your health. There is a hysterectomy forum that you may find really helpful if you're concerned.

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