Re: Do I really need Hysterectomy?
Hi Kate, I'm a Kiwi living in Australia and had total abdominal hysterectomy 3 weeks ago. I had a 16cm x 12cm cyst on my right ovary. I am 48 years old and before op was menopausal with hot flushes and 6 months between periods. While waiting for my surgery date I was worried the cyst could be malignant and was glad the surgeon was going to cut me from navel to pubic area so he would have heaps of room to have a good look around and remove the cyst in tact. Just before surgery my surgeon said if I wanted he would try to remove just the cyst and not remove my other bits but as ovarian cancer is a major silent killer of women I opted for him to take cervix, uterus, and both ovaries. Fortunately everything taken out was benign but my surgeon found my left ovary also had a small cyst on it, so if it had been left to grow I may have needed further surgery in the future. Your periods are now infrequent and you've already suffered through hot flushes etc, you may find you are almost through menopause and surgery may not make these symptoms reappear. Good luck with whatever you decide.