Thought I would introduce myself..I am currently waiting for a Hysterectomy although my specialist won't put me on the waiting list until I lose another 3 stone.
I have needed the op now for around 8 years..things started going from bad to worse in 2002 when I was sterilised at the age of 26. My periods started to become heavier and heavier,and the pain was horrendous,over the years it is awful now.
In 2006 after harassing my GP near enough every month they finally ran some tests,and they told me I had several very large fibroids and slight endometreosis,but they would not give me a hysterectomy because of my age.So at the time I was willing to try anything to ease the pain and flooding,and on 14 Feb 2007 I had a balloon ablation done hoping that would be the end of it..how wrong could I be..
The pain became so severe every month that without fail I was having to have time off every single month from work,some days I would just lie in the foetus position crying in pain,yet still the GP would not do anything else for me..Since 2007 I have been taking mefenamic acid and tranexamic acid evrey month without fail,I moved to staffordshire in 2007 and asked my GP if I could be reffered to the Gynae Dept here.I was seen very quickly and the specialist agreed straight away that I needed the hysterectomy 100%,however I needed to lose weight first then she would put me on the waiting list.Feeling a little disheartened I went home and started losing weight and went back to see her to be told by 1 of her registrars (NOT EVEN HER) that she WOULDN'T do the op because of how many operations I have had..even though she knew this all along!!
So after coming home and breaking my heart literally I demanded a second opinion and went to see a different specialist,who also agreed that I needed a hysterectomy but the weight was a problem but once I lost 3 stone they would put me on the waiting list..bearing in mind that on some days I have to wear 6 sanitary towels at a time and can quite easily go through 40 towels a day,and recently I am back to having 2 or some months 3 periods a month and flood maybe 3 or 4 times a day for the first few days of my period.
Unfortunately I now have a new medical condition called Costo-Chondritis which meant that I have been unable to work since March this year,and the medication piled the pounds back on but I am now getting it under control,I have been back to my specialist who was pleased I have lost over 1 stone in the last 7 weeks but they will not put me on the waiting list until I lose another 3 stone at least..which I find really frustrating as there are women much bigger than myself having the operation.
So I am now on a mission to get this 3 stone lost then I have been told that I will be waiting a maximum of 18 weeks..so please everybody keep your fingers crossed for me.
I would love to hear from anyone else in a similar situation to myself.
Wow and I thought my insurance program was difficult. I can't believe how much you are being jerked around. I hope you get the surgery soon. You must be miserable.
I had lost weight over the last 6 months because I was 30 pounds overweight. Since my surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago I have lost another 2 pounds. It is a relief to so far not have any pain.
Hang in there, we're here for you.
Thank you..yeh I do feel like I am being totally messed about and my other health condition goes beserk with the tiniest bit of stress..so I try not to worry and get upset but unfortunately I am a born worrier lol.
Don't get me wrong I am looking forward to being 4 stone lighter because I haven't been that size since before I had my 16 yr old daughter..but I feel like I'm being blackmailed into it.
Hyesterectomy is a pretty risky procedure. I believe the mortality rate is around 1 in 500. He wants to make sure you take all precautions necessary. There is an insurance product out there that covers catastrophic surgical results. It's called Complication Insurance. I am trying to buy coverage for my surgery but it isn't available in Florida. I think it's a great idea, that's why I'm writing about it.
wow Florida has a high mortality rate 1 in 500? I know things can go wrong, but if the mortality rate were that high here in California, I would think the doctors would hesitate to do the surgeries because of their malpractice insurance rates.
I was more concerned of complications and dying when I had jaw surgery because the major artery in the roof of the mouth was cut through when they disengage the jaw and back surgery because of possible paralysis.
Where did you get the information? I would like to see what our mortality rate is here.
I got the information from a friend of mine who is an OB/GYN. That 1 out of 500 mortality rate is national, not only Florida. They said a big concern is bleeding out from the procedure. Check out that insurance product, it is very interesting. Just google Complication Insurance and it should be the first one that comes up.
I am laid up in bed right now waiting for my surgery tomorrow. I'm pretty nervous but reading and responding to posts is taking my mind off of it. God bless.
I didn't look up the site you suggested yet, but in just searching I found it to be 1000. I am still amazed at the numbers.
You are having back surgery tomorrow (guessing by your screen name) been there done that. Just use your arms when you get up after you roll on your side. Good luck.