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Good day everyone. I am currently schedules to have my left and right fallopian tubes being removed as well as left ovary. I had my tubes tied after my second child. I CANT handle narcotics of any kind even with anti nausea meds. I vomit when i take any of them. After both of my c sections i just took ibuprofen and walked to get the gas out of my body. Is a laprascopic surgery worse than a c section? I was reading on one blog on here and they said it was 4 - 6 weeks for the keyhole procedure( assuming this is laparoscopic but my doctor said only two wounds not three so maybe not) recovery. Thats the same as a c section well technically 8 for a c sections but i was back to normal in 3- 4 weeks. Any insight would be great. Your experiencewith recovery and procedure. Would you do it again if in the same situation? Why or why not? How did you heal and compkications fromnthe procedure itself? Thanks yall have a blessed day. There is a little info about me below to help you. :)

I am 25 184 lbs (trying to get backbdown to my pre baby weight. But she just turned 1 and i have another child that has many health issues) 5 foot 3inches. I have already had the leep procedure, multiple abnormal paps(more abnormal ones than normal.). I have a 5.4 cyst that will not go away after 7-9 months of hormone therapy (birth control) plus they are afraid it may be a borderline tumor as it has a nodel. My doctor is afraid that if we continue to wait it will become a cancer form of cancer but did give me the option to wait and watch. I just want to talk to other people and get informed.

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I've no experience of laparoscopic surgery as mine was open surgery however I'm sure you will have many replies.

Just a thought - before my hysterectomy I visited theHysterSisters Site which was very useful.

It's for ladies having all types of surgery keyhole, fill etc etc

They group you into 2 week slots and everyone having surgery in that time can talk to each other or a moderator, ask questions such as This is happening, is anyone else having that? Etc etc.

There are previous Q and A too. May be worth a look to compliment this great site.

Main thing is to ensure your team know about your reaction to pain meds too.

take care

Clare xx

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Clare, you are my hero! You know something about EVERYTHING! Or so it seems to me. No wonder you now have the cape to go with the big knickers.

Jenny

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Thanks clare

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Kshoney, I have now had both breast and ovarian cancer which have profoundly changed my life. When it comes to "watching and waiting" to see if something IS cancer or turns into cancer is bad advice. I would aggressively remove the "potential" cancer before it has a chance to kill me. Just me. I would not gamble with my life. FYI, I had genetic testing and I do not have any known cancer mutations.

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That's my thoughts as well but i told my dad i would truly look into all aspects of the surgery before going to have it done since its scheduled pretty soon.

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Hi there- you ask so many good questions. I'm just able to zoom in on the pain/ allergy to meds. I discovered that I was allergic to morphine after my hysterectomy. The epidural for my daughter 5 years previous had been a nightmare (it hadn't worked and I was sick all through labour). I just didn't put it together and went a similar route for this op. Big mistake. I was in great pain from when I came round and for 2 days solid I constantly vomited. I called a halt to pain meds on day 3 and began to feel better within a day. At that point I just took paracetamol (ibruprphen doesn't agree with me either).

Afterwards the Drs told me there are plenty of alternatives- so please ask when you speak with the hospital. I found that I could cope with the pain far better than I could deal with the vomiting.

Speak to the anaesthetists and Drs. There are plenty of us out there who can't tolerate certain painkillers and they can help.

Good luck, T. X

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Yes pain over vomitting any day lol. Thank you

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Hey KSHONEY!

I had 2 laparoscopic surgeries. One to remove a 16cm cyst that turned out to be OC and the other to remove everything else (other ovary, uterus, cervix, tubes and omentum). I recovered well from both surgeries. I cannot compare I am afraid as this was the first surgery I ever had, I was 45. I found the process fine and would definately do it again if I had to. I was mobile the next day and driving after 3 weeks. I didn't need strong pain Meds afterwards and am allergic to Ibuprofen so could only take paracetamol and that worked fine when I did need it which wasn't often! It took a couple of days for my digestive system to kick back into action but I think that's normal for any abdominal surgery. I have one scar that's about 1.5 inches and barely noticeable now and three others that I can now barely see ( I had my surgeries in Sept and Nov of 2015). I was lucky to have a very skilled surgeon, the nurses in the hospital told me he was obsessed with laparoscopic surgery!!!

That's my story with laparoscopic surgery it was a good experience for me or as good as surgery can be as far as my experience goes!

Hope this helps!

Best of luck with your surgery and I have my fingers crossed that it's just a nasty old cyst and nothing else!

Good luck!

Dx

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Hi Dx, this is outstanding. An inch and a half is more like a small scar. Kudos to your obsessed Surgeon on Womans Day.......

Naimish

PS - Womans Day is being celebrated today in India and my best ever wishes to ALL you brave and lovely women. Keep the Faith

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Yes Naimish it is a very small scar and I am very grateful for that!

I read your recent message where you said your lovely wife had clear scans and tests that is great news and I hope she continues on her road to full and complete recovery!

Happy Women's Day to all the women of India and indeed all over the world!

Take Care

Dx

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Thank you this helps even though i know everyone is different.

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Hi, i haven't had a c- section so can't compare but I was in 1 night and walked out the day after surgery ( very slowly) not that much pain just uncomfortable hardly took pain relief, within a week I was feeling great , found out it was cancer after 3 weeks then had full hysterectomy, it was the easiest of everything I've been though 👍🏻

Hope this helps and good luck

Diane

Xx

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I cannot comment on laparoscopic surgery but I would counsel that you do not go down the "watch and wait" route. I assume from the fact that you have had your tubes tied, you have completed your family so I think you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking action that will potentially avoid a cancer diagnosis in the future.

All the best!

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Thank you. I already have my surgery date. I am looking into all options because i told my dad i would.he just wants me to be informed.

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Hello,

Sorry to hear about your worries. Laparoscopy surgery is mainly 'going to have a look around'. It also means they insert a small camera through a tiny incision or two and can do small procedures through those small holes. My surgery was the big vertical incision but I know about yours too. Firstly, you will be fine. And you will recover very fast, as they are not cutting through major muscle tissues. This incision will not be like a c section so please do not worry. Saying all that, it depends on what surgery they do inside. You have mentioned the removal of your ovary and this can be done through a small hole if no major tumour is present. They do not sound overly worried so try and relax, and wait until your operation is over to find out more. Easier said than done I know as you are probably very scared.

Be careful what you read on websites as they can sometimes be wrong. If they are removing your ovary, then yes you will require a few weeks rest with this. Be careful not to lift too much and listen to your team. So, you will perhaps recover quickly from the incision hole fast as you will have no real scar but your internal work will need to recover more.

I had alternative pain meds so trust yourself to be confident to ask for these as they may not offer them initially. Better still, if you know your pain med situation, let them know BEFORE you have the op! You will most likely have a separate meeting with the anaesthetist so tell him before you go in!

You will be absolutely fine and ask nurses as they are so clued up too.

Your body will amaze you at how fast it recovers I promise!

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

Much love, Nicky xx

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Thanks so much!

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I have had two laporascopic surgeries and one open surgery (vertical incision from belly button down).

Laparoscopic was by far easier to recover from. When I had a mass removed from my left ovary, it was done as day surgery and I was home for dinner. I had a couple of days that I took stronger pain meds but otherwise Tylenol worked well.

I agree with all the others, do NOT wait. Run, don't walk, to get your surgery.

Wishing you an easy recovery.

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Thank you.!

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If there is any chance that your condition is borderline tumor... please ask them if it is possible for them to remove it surgically and not use a morcellator which is a tool that grinds up the cysts/tumors.. if there should be cancerous cells, you most likely wouldn't want them being disbursed in your pelvic area. I only recently learned about this type of procedure and often wonder if it had been done on me several years back with several of my laparoscopic procedures. reflectionsofmyworld.com/bl...

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Thank you for the advice. My doctor told me they would remove it and then place it in a bag. Then they will crush the cyst once out of my body and in a bag.

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I am so happy to here this.. Sounds like a good plan.

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:)

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Mine was "Robotic" Da Vinci Laparoscopic Hyst., with three "punctures".. I was released the next day- with no pain, seemed so amazing, June 2015. Hope yours is great too! Hope this helps! Seems so amazing what they can do. I also was able to watch similar procedure on the You-Tube- and blew me away. I'm doing really, quite well now, too- so far : ) No tumors were found in the pathology report, all praise to GOD!

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That is amazing!!! So glad to hear that you recieved a good report. God is good all the time!!

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Yes, yes! Hoping for the very best for you too!

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Thanks.

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Hi, I had laparoscopic seven years ago, it was alot easier then a c-section, was in hospital one day, I alternated with motrin and loritab but the zofrin worked for me, I was at my sons football game three days later, but I had to take it easy, it still takes couple of months to recovery fully, no stairs for a week or very few and no heavy lifted, things may have changed over seven years, best wishes, God Bless, Rosalie

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Thanks.

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UPDATE:

Surgery went well. The unofficial results did not show that the cyst i had was cancerous but we are waiting on the final results to be sent back from the pathologist. The laparoscopic surgery is not as bad as a csection. I honestly just feel like i worked out to hard during an ab workout. I did have some blurry vision problems with the motion sickness patch they put behind my ear. However after i took the patch off my vision returned and is now back to normal. Thank you for the prayers, positive vibes and guidance. I did end up having surgery at 7:30 am not 3:00pm like they told me(incase you read my other posts) Thanks yall.

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