Originally Posted by Reneeh13
Thanks so much for your response. My first doctor told me that if birth control stopped the spotting (which it did) than it couldn't be caused by polyps because that wouldn't work. Have you heard this? Do you have spotting while on birth control?
That is true. The reasons for spotting while on birth control are different than when you're not. When you're on birth control, spotting is caused by the pill because the dose isn't high enough to regulate your hormones to prevent it. When you're not on the pill, spotting can be due to polyps. That's why I said whenever I'm not on the pill and have spotting, I know it's because of the polyps.
I'm a big baby too, I had a four hour thyroidectomy this summer and when they put the IV in my arm my heart started beating so fast it set of the alarm....lol....the nurse couldn't get it to alarm turn off and ended up ripping it from the wall....it was actually really funny!
For me it's always the IV that is the scariest part of any surgery, followed by getting sick from anesthesia. So, what I do is tell them to put in the IV as soon as possible after I get to the hospital so I can stop worrying about it and then I'm not nervous. Once I go into pre-op and talk to the anesthesiologist, I tell them that I'd better not wake up puking my guts out from the anesthesia or else they're in big trouble, so they load me up with a ton of anti-nausea stuff and it works.
What should I expect the ultrasound to show? Does a polyp look like a growth on the u/s? How do they differentiate between a polyp and cancer? Did your spotting occur at the same time each month? Do they do the D&C at the hospital or Dr's office?
The ultrasound will show the polyp. I have looked at the screen while they were doing it and I can't really tell what they're looking at so I can't tell you exactly what it looks like. It all just looks like black and white shadows to me and I have no idea when they're pointing it out.
They do a pathology test on the polyp after they remove it to check for cancerous cells. But if you're under 50 and pre-menopausal, your chances of a polyp being cancerous are very slim to none, so I wouldn't worry about it. I used to be scared but I'm 35 and I am hopefully nowhere near menopause, so I don't worry about that anymore.
I honestly don't remember if the spotting happened at the same time every month. Sometimes I wouldn't have spotting but I'd have extremely heavy bleeding at my period which would also lead me to believe a polyp had grown back and I was right. So, it just depends.
The D&C and polypectomy are done in the hospital as a day surgery. You go home the same day. It's rare that this type of procedure causes any complications so it's highly unlikely they would keep you overnight. It's one of the easiest procedures to do and you're in and out pretty quick. Although I was pretty surprised when I had my gall bladder out, I arrived at 6am at the hospital and they were kicking me out before noon! I was still coming out of the anesthesia at the time! I was like, what? But whatever. I slept the rest of the day.
Anyway, for this procedure, the anesthesia is just a twilight sleep where you're still breathing on your own but not aware of anything going on. You still fall asleep and wake up gradually in the recovery unit. But because it's such a mild anesthesia, you're literally feeling fine the next day. For me, when I've had general anesthesia with the tube down my throat, it takes me like 4 days to get back to normal because my body gets really traumatized from being put in such a deep sleep. That's why I like the twilight better because I bounce back a lot faster.
The last time I had this done, the only thing I felt during the surgery was kind of like a sensation of being rocked back and forth, like in a hammock. I didn't feel anything else, just that weird rocking feeling. I think it must have been when they were done and trying to put me back on the gurney or something. But other than that, I was fine.