Patient Comments: Hysterectomy - Treatments

What tests or treatments were performed before your hysterectomy?

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I had a total abdominal hysterectomy after just over a year of treatment with a Mirena for heavy periods and anemia. After one year with the Mirena I was diagnosed with a large fibroid and due to the other side effects of the Mirena I opted for the hysterectomy. The Mirena helped with the heavy periods but I still lived with constant bloating and pressure. I can't prove it but I believe the fibroid developed because of the Mirena. I had an ultrasound 1 year ago and there was nothing. Then, after having the Mirena for a year the fibroid was the size of a lemon. I am just happy now to have it all gone.

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Comment from: Karen, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I have good health insurance. November 2013 I had a malignant stage 0 breast lumpectomy and was prescribed tamoxifen for 5 years to prevent a recurrence of the breast cancer. In July 2015 I reported vaginal spotting to my oncologist. She reassured me that this was a side effect of the tamoxifen. In September 2015 I reported the spotting to my primary, he said if your oncologist is not concerned I should not be either. I said no way a 75 year old should be spotting and I detected an odor. As I insisted, he put in an order and on November 4 I saw the gynecologist. She did a vaginal exam, found a polyp and removed it and also did a biopsy. She felt that may have been the source of the bleeding and was surprised when the results on November 11 showed cancer of the uterus. She ordered a CT scan which also showed very small spots in the bottom of my lung. I was referred to a surgeon for a hysterectomy. He notified my oncologist of the diagnosis, she called and had an MRI ordered and set up an appointment for me to go to her office. The surgeon ordered PET scan from head to toe to see if there was any other cancer. Thank goodness nothing else lit up in the scan. The surgeon did a laparoscopic hysterectomy removing tubes, ovaries and lymph nodes. The surgery took under 3 hours. I was walking in 20 hours. I was home the next evening after surgery. I was sleeping a lot the first three days with some nausea and gas pains, feeling pressure when bladder fills up but able to relieve that. On fourth day I was feeling more clear-headed. I am walking 5 minutes 6 times a day and will try to increase that tomorrow. Great to know I have concerned friends calling and sending cards. Husband is a saint.

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Comment from: Daniela, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I've been treated with birth control, endometrial ablation, ultrasounds and now anti-inflammatory pain pills. Every woman in my family has had to have a hysterectomy and I know it's probably time for me to have one also. I can't take the pain anymore. I've had to call of work twice this year due to the pain. Nothing I try to relieve the pain helps. I feel bad because other women would like to have a functioning uterus but mine is slowly affecting every age of my life negatively.

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Comment from: Grandmother Linda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

Well I went to my OBGYN doctor today and last week. I had two biopsies and ouch, they hurt. I had not been to a doctor in 15 years. Reason being that I had no insurance at all. I couldn't afford it. I know I was not going to get good news this morning. She wants to do a hysterectomy. So I have been reading on the web all about bad pap smears. I asked how bad my pap smear was and she said it was really bad.

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Comment from: notamom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I had a hysterectomy at 25 due to endometriosis after years of testing and surgeries. I had laparoscopic surgeries to make sure they knew what they were looking at and had scar tissue removed a few times. Make sure you are certain that you want it done before you say ok. Depending on your issues of what's going on. See if they can leave an ovary so you do not go into menopause too early. But if you are sure and do not want children, it great not to have a period and pain anymore but not so great to take hormones.

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