Upcoming massive ovarian cyst vertical laparotomy

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Hi! For months, I’ve had abnormal weight gain in my stomach. I’m 26 years old and have always been a little overweight so I didn’t think anything of it at first. My stomach started to protrude so much that I was constantly being asked if I was pregnant. I also had some issues going to the bathroom that I thought it was just bloating. I had a CT scan done which showed an extremely large ovarian cyst! Definitely not what I was expecting. Because of the size, I was referred to a specialist. After meeting with her last week, I was informed I will have a vertical laparotomy as they will have to take the cyst out whole. This thing is big y’all, like size of a basketball! 

Anyways, I’m scheduled for surgery in 2 weeks and I’m pretty nervous. As I’ve never had any type of surgery or medical procedure.  I wanted to reach out to hear if any of y’all have any advice on the recovery part. I was told I can’t drive for a month but could go back to work (office job sitting all day) within 3-6. I’m scared about the recovery, pain, hospital (including catheter lol) and just looking for any advice on what to expect, besides what the doctor told me. Thank you so much! 

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    Hi I have just come out of hospital from having a 32 cm cyst removed including my right ovary and 24 pints of the Fluild. I had a lower transerve cut .. open surgery. The surgery for me took two hours but it felt like seconds to me. Straighr I felt on top of the world and the only pain was just like bad period pain. They manage your pain control and I found it's not bad whilst the anesthitic wears off... I have a catheter for two weeks from the operation because they had to make a cut in my bladder ... But this may well not be the case for you though. But it's not that bad just getting used to it but I get through it by reminding myself it's not for long. I am home now and tired but I think that's cause I did not sleep much at the hospital or before the operation so prob soon I am just going to crash for s long sleep but just listen to you body. Keep some movement but listerh to you r body it will tell you when it wants to rest or sleep. You may get emotional like me from the after the surgery but that hopefully will pass. Good luck and ask me anything you want xxxx

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    Also don't worry about the anesthitic part of the surgery I was really nervous and emotional about having the surgery but anesthitic these days are amazing they just told me I was going give me something to releax me and the next minute I was waking up in recovery .. it woke up thinking aboutthey had not done the surgery lol you will have no memory of anything about it as you will be so out of it like I was xxx

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    I had the same operation for a similar sized cyst. I recommend big knickers and a cushion for car journeys. It’ll be more like at least 6 weeks I think before you should go back. Take it easy, some light walks but don’t do too much or you will feel it. Eleanor is right as well, there’s definitely an emotional period for a while after surgery while all your hormones right themselves.

    I found the surgery fine, they give plenty of painkillers to make it manageable. If you want to know anything specific ask away. Good luck x

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    Your story sounds similar to mine. I am also pretty scared. But it's not like I have a choice, it has to come out.  I hope you feel better soon.  I still haven't met my surgeon yet or know anything otherwise I'd be more help.

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