Waiting times for hysterectomy

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Hi there,

I suffer from large fibroids and after trying various treatment options I feel a hysterectomy is my best option now.

Can anybody give me an idea what the waiting time for a hysterectomy due to fibroids on the NHS is?

Thanks for your help.

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    Hi Trish, not sure where in the country you are as waiting times vary but in my area, the Midlands, waitin times are on average 4 months.

    I underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingoophrectomy on 16th December, like you after trying many other treatments. Although my operation was more complicated than first expected due to the actual position of the fibroids, I can honestly say that it is without doubt, the best decision I have ever made.

    Good Luck x

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    Hey Trish,

    What treatments have you tried?

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    Hi there,

    thank you very much for your replies. I live in the Midlands at the Welsh border and have the option to go to Shrewsbury or Wrexham. 4 month doesn't sound to bad, I really have made my mind up about having a hysterectomy, it seems that the consultants feel they have to try everything else first before offering a hysterectomy.

    I have tried transexamic acid to help with the bleeding, which didn't work. I had a D and C to help with the bleeding, that didn,t help, and I have tried Esmya to help to shrink them, which also didn't work.

    My stomach looks huge, I have got pain all the time, need to urinate constantly and the bleeding is just horrendous. I am 43 and don't want any children, so I am hoping a hysterectomy would allow me to live a normal life again.

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    Hey Trish,

    I was diagnosed with fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis in early January 2014. I'm 34 and I've never had children. My periods have been very heavy and pretty bad cramps. My doctor recommended either a robotic myomectomy or robotic hysterectomy. He leaned more toward a hysterectomy since I'm not really planning to have children. They would remove everything but the left ovary. I was terrified but eventually decided on the hysterectomy scheduled 2/14/14. In the weeks since the diagnosis I've been on a roller coaster ride if emotions about this decision. I started googling about other options besides surgery and happened upon a post that has proved to be extremely helpful. I started the regime that she describes and have noticed a significant change. I have been doing this pretty religiously since roughly 1/18/14. I have decided to take a break for a few days from the molasses/Apple cider vinegar but I've continued with everything else. I can still feel the fibroids but they definitely feel like they've been shrinking and my last period was awesome! Only 3 days of semi heavy bleeding and it was done. I'm not saying I know yet whether or not this is going to work but I'm very hopeful. I think one of the main keys is cutting out dairy. In the meantime I've cancelled my surgery so I can see how this plays out. I know your fibroid is quite large but it couldn't hurt to give this a try. I wish you all the best Trish. Before is the post I have been discussing: For myself, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Blackstrap Molasses worked, along with castor oil rubbed on my belly each night after a warm shower. 2 tbsp ACV mixed with 2tbsp BSM. It doesn't taste all that wonderful but you get used to it. Some people like it. Some people can't handle them together and have them separately which is fine too. Some people get bloated when they have them together. I did a few times but it got better. I did this routine religiously for a few months... can't remember exactly how long and then I eased off it. I didn't even have it every day. I would have the full doses about a week before my periods would start (I'd be reminded because I used to get cramps), and continued for the duration of my period. Some months later my period became more regular. At first I bleeded heavy for three days, even clotted but apparently, it was just the fibroids breaking down. After the three days, my period would stop which surprised me. After a few more months my period was regular as clock work, light and completely painless... apart from the odd slight discomfort to remind me it was there, I was doing great. After six months of begging this routine, I did another ultrasound and my fibroid and cysts were gone from both ovaries. Actually one of my ovaries had shrunk so small they couldn't even find it... which was a first lol.

    The ACV broke down my fiber completely and the BMS stopped the bleeding and replenished a lot of nutrients I lost. It also got rid of a few cysts as well as the fibroids. The castor oil will aide with circulation, breaking down the fibroids and removing the toxins by supporting the liver. It's also anti-inflammatory.

    Also read up on xenoestrogens and try and cut them out of your life as much as you can. Eat foods that block estrogen production such as pears, apples, berries, melons etc. Avoid estrogen producing foods such as dairy, caffeine and alcohol. You can search there net for more foods to have and avoid.

    Eat more greens... they're also anti estrogens plus they're high in iron. If you're not a vegan/vegetarian, whenever you eat red meat, have some greens with a bit of lemon juice. It's been found that heme iron (from meat sources) help the absorption of non-heme iron and the vitamin c from the lemon juice will help it along even more.

    I also took magnesium (chelated magnesium) and potassium, both from supplements and from food. If you crave chocolate, try switching to cocoa nibs which are one of the richest and yummiest sources of magnesium... and other important minerals.

    I used to suffer with endometriosis, fibroids, cysts and adhesions. My periods used to be irregular and heavy for about eight days and I was severely anemic.

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    I live in South Wales. My GP sent three requests for me to be seen my a consultant from Sept. 2013, Dec. 2013 and the last in Jan. 2014. I received my appointment on Feb. 4 saw a great consultant. I told him I could see no other solution for my fibroids and heavy periods but hysterectomy. He examined me looked at a scan done in Sept and said I agree. He said I was probably looking at May 2014 for the surgery. Feb. 8th I got an appointment for a pre operation assessment for Feb. 12, 2014. So at this point not sure if the surgery has been moved up or I just got lucky. I will find out on Wed when the surgery will be. I am American and have lived here for 18 year now. I went in with I don't want to mess with hoops I know what I want and could he help. The answer was YES. So I cant say how long but for it was pretty quick. Good luck I hope they get you in soon. I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THIS SURGERY
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    Hi Trish1971. I have just joined this website and noticed that you have a choice between Wrexham and Shrewsbury. I dont know about Shrewsbury waiting times, but want to let you know that I too have very large fibroids and signed the consent form for a hysterectomy in August 2013. I was told by my consultant it would be approx 5 to 6 months, but when I rang the hospital a few weeks ago, the booking clerk said the earliest it would be was June/July.
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    After three months of the GP sending urgent requests for me to be seen by GYNO saw him in Feb. 2014 he told me he would do surgery in May. I expected a letter but didn't get one. I had to call the consultants secretary every week for him to set a date. Finally after calling so much I have a date for June 6th. But I was told its about 6 months if not urgent. I would not let the consultant forget me so I kept calling. Once you know your consultants name call his sec and tell her your problems are bad and you need a date and don't let up until you have your date. Best of luck
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