I am 66 and underwent a laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (ovaries also removed) and extended vaginal cuff procedure due to VAIN and several dodgy smear results which colposcopy didn’t sort out. All did not quite go according to plan as I ended up with a wound infection and I hope my story will help anyone who feels unfit to leave hospital have the strength to argue their case better than I did. I feel that being discharged too early on 2 occasions caused my problems to be worse than they could have been and therefore made my recovery time longer.
At 47, for eighteen months I’d been suffering excruciating pain every time I went to the loo. Sometimes, the pain was so horrendous that I would find myself subconsciously stopping myself midflow. Other things began to happen too; my constipation that I had suffered for many years at the time of my period became a permanent problem and I had a constant pain in my left groin that seemed to worsen when I sat for any length of time.
After months of excruciating pain every time I peed, worsening constipation and a continuous stabbing pain in the lower left hand side of my pelvic region, a diagnostic laparoscopy eventually uncovered the root of my problems. I had developed severe adenomyosis as a result of two previous CSs. I needed a hysterectomy.
I remember sitting on the kitchen floor of my Mum and Dad’s house when I was 11 and I said to my mum my tummy hurt – she said perhaps it was my period due to start. Sure enough it started a week later, as did 22 years of constant pain.
Hi Ladies, I joined the site back in November but this is my first time posting. I’m 39 and a single Mum to my 5 year old son. I have suffered with Endometriosis since my mid-twenties and subsequently had 3 operations to remove the growth, after which I felt much improved until it returned and I began the same repeat of surgery!
4 days ago I was filled with dread and in the preceding week considered cancelling my appointment hourly. I was going to have a Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH). Partial leaving the ovaries. It all happened so quickly in the end from a 1st appointment end of September to confirmed surgery a little over a month later.
Thirteen years ago (when I was 39) I was diagnosed with having a 11 cm in diameter fibroid. I did not have any of the symptoms the rest of you have written about. All of the gynaecologists I saw at the time found it remarkable that I was not having any symptoms at the time, but still said it would be advisable to have removed, but at the time my life was quite busy and I felt I could not afford to take the time off to recover from a major surgery.