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Old 08-06-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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Removal of ovaries - Decision tomorrow!

Hi ladies,

Have any of you had your ovaries removed as treatment for endo and fibroids?
Did it work for your endo and what was surgery and side effects afterwards like?

Seeing my consultant tomorrow so would really appreciate your advise.Thanks.

 
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:18 AM   #2
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Re: Removal of ovaries-Decision tomorrow!

Has nobody here had ovaries removed as treatment for endo and fibroids??

 
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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Re: Removal of ovaries-Decision tomorrow!

Let me start by saying I have no experience with fibroids, so cannot speak to that. Also you don't mention your specific reason for considering the surgery. For me, it was overwhelming pain.

Also, I had a total hysterectomy (removal of everything except my cervix). I had so much endo in my uterus and within my pelvic cavity, I decided oophorectomy alone wasn't enough to help me.

Recovery from surgery depends on how it is performed. I had a laparotomy because my endo was extensive. I was mobile and out of the hospital in 2 days, Full recovery took about 2 months. It is likely your doctor will choose a less invasive approach with a quicker recovery time.

Do keep in mind that ovary removal will instantly put your body into menopause and that can come with its own set of possible problems. I used a very low dose estrogen patch for several months after surgery to ease hot flashes and depression. Talk to your doctor about this before surgery. I suggest having a treatment plan in place.

As I'm sure you know, there is no cure for endo and to have a good chance of long-term relief, your doctor really needs to excise every bit of endo along with removing your ovaries.

If you are unsure what to do, I suggest you not only talk further with your doctor, but get a second (and if needed, a third) opinion. Many insurance companies will cover that. I believe major (or minor) surgery demands major research. You should be absolutely comfortable with whatever decision you make.

 
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
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Re: Removal of ovaries-Decision tomorrow!

Hi,

I had my hysterectomy when I was 32 years old based on the severity of the endometriosis I had. To date, 'touch wood' I have not suffered again and the freedom from that Hell is fantastic.

I hope all goes well for you.
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Re: Removal of ovaries-Decision tomorrow!

Our stories are very similar. I am beginning to search for perhaps long term pain management, as surgery never brought me any relief. I have pelvic pain, along with bone loss in knees, and sciatica. Meds that have the potential to suppress my constant pain often cause intolerable digestive issues. I've recently seen 2 specialists in 2 states with no solutions for my suffering. They say that the endo is "inactive"...that I'm experiencing chronic pelvic pain. I've been r-e-a-l-l-y discouraged and depressed by all the rejection of last several weeks, on all fronts.
I'm seeking sources for my DAILY STRENGTH, as I have grown weary.

 
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Re: Removal of ovaries-Decision tomorrow!

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Our stories are very similar. I am beginning to search for perhaps long term pain management, as surgery never brought me any relief. I have pelvic pain, along with bone loss in knees, and sciatica. Meds that have the potential to suppress my constant pain often cause intolerable digestive issues. I've recently seen 2 specialists in 2 states with no solutions for my suffering. They say that the endo is "inactive"...that I'm experiencing chronic pelvic pain. I've been r-e-a-l-l-y discouraged and depressed by all the rejection of last several weeks, on all fronts.
I'm seeking sources for my DAILY STRENGTH, as I have grown weary.
I think I hit the wrong reply button...sorry...I'm having a really pain-filled day.

 
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Re: Removal of ovaries-Decision tomorrow!

Doll,

I don't see a recent post. I'm wondering if you made your decision? Hope you're having a good day.

 
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Re: Removal of ovaries - Decision tomorrow!

Hi Whistledixie,

Decision made...I'm having my ovaries removed in 2 days and more endo excised. I wish I didn't have to do this but I've tried everything else, injections,mirena, medication and nothing works. The injections put me into short term menopause and it was the first time in years that I didn't have pain so as removing my ovaries will put me in menopause, I'm hoping the same thing will happen.

I just can't keep holding on for natural menopause to help me (Im almost 47).My quality of life has been terrible. Already had 2 surgeries to remove endo cysts.I'm scared about this surgery but nothing left to do!

 
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Re: Removal of ovaries - Decision tomorrow!

I'm so very sorry for your suffering. I looked for additional posts, as I'm new here, but didn't see any from you. Thanks for the update. I know your decision was not easy. Believe me when I tell you I feel your pain. Is your surgery on Tuesday? I am here if you need to talk about the endometriosis, the surgery....whatever. Best
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Yes, my surgery is tomorrow-Tuesday. Thank you for your support, will you say a prayer for me? I hope to be able to be back on here in a couple of days, with my laptop in bed! I will update you then.

 
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Re: Removal of ovaries - Decision tomorrow!

Doll,

Done and done again. My heartfelt support and prayers are with you. Please do update post-surgery.

 
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Re: Removal of ovaries - Decision tomorrow!

Hey Doll,

I'm anxious to hear how your surgery went, and how you're doing. I KNOW those first 3 days can be brutal, but know I'm here for your and sending sunshine amongst the clouds for you=)

 
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