Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Uter-less

I am writing this so I can have a record and also so that when Mia asks me why I had a hysterectomy when I was only 37 years old, I can remember.

For several years (6) I have been having problems with heavy, abnormal, bleeding.  When I went to the doctor 6 years ago, I was told that I should have an Endometrial ablation.  At the time, I wasn't sure I was done having children and I didn't want to commit to something so permanent.  I decided that I could just deal with the bleeding.

Fast forward to this year.  The bleeding got out of control (I was bleeding for more than half of the month) and I had had enough. Add to the bleeding pain and cramping and it was time to do something.  I went in to the doctor to see what my options were.  He did a quick exam and suggested that I have the ablation that was recommended to me several years ago.  After having an ultrasound that measured my uterus and checked for polyps, it was discovered that I had an enlarged uterus.  It was too big for the ablation.  My other options were to try to send my body into menopause (no thank you) on the off chance that it would shrink it, have an IUD placed to try to shrink the uterus, and maybe control the bleeding, (the doctor was pretty skeptical of this option because of how big my uterus was), or to have a hysterectomy.

I chose hysterectomy, which had a 100% success rate.  It would take care of the pain and the bleeding. I scheduled the hysterectomy in December and avoided telling anyone.  I think this was because I didn't want to admit that I was having one. 

There were a few surprises during the surgery. Because I have had 3 C-sections, there was a lot of scar tissue. (My doctor told me this much scar tissue only happens in 1 in 500 women.)  My doctor must have been pretty impressed with all of the scar tissue because he took pictures of it and showed them to me. My left ovary had been moved from the left side to the front and attached to my abdominal wall scar tissue. There was scar tissue all over my bladder, connecting my bladder and uterus.  As the doctor was cleaning up the scar tissue, he nicked my bladder in a few spots.  As a result, I got to be on a catheter for a week. I was so happy when they took that thing out!

I went in to my follow up appointment and Dr. Clark told me that they had done some biopsies of my uterus and they found Endometrial Hyperplasia which was the precancer, Endometriosis, and Adenomyosis. Turns out that it was a good thing my uterus was enlarged (the size of a 5 month pregnant uterus) or I probably would have gone with the ablation.  If I had, I would still be in pain and I suspect, ultimately would have had to have a hysterectomy at a later date. 

I had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. I kept my ovaries so that I wouldn't go into menopause.  I am six weeks post operation and I am basically back to normal.  I am pretty happy with the outcome.  At this time I am happy that I had the operation. 

2 comments:

mommaquincy said...

It sounds like things went well! I hope the pain and bleeding are gone for good!

ellisgomez said...

I'm glad you are feeling better... I had a similar adventure - not fun - but I count my blessings (8) that everything worked well when it was supposed to. And I'm thankful the bleeding and cramping are over for good. For you and me !!