Myomectomy for Fibroids, no Hysterectomy Needed
|I feel so lucky
to have connected with HERS Foundation and with the talented surgeon
they recommended. The first surgeon that my ob-gyn had referred me
to had earned the nickname "Butcher" because he did hysterectomies
by the dozens, and wasn't a very good surgeon.
I had the unusual experience of continued growth of fibroids into menopause.
One was almost as large as a small basketball. I worked with naturopathic,
allopathic and homeopathic physicians to try to shrink or prevent further
growth. After three years I bit the bullet and went in for surgery because
the stress on my bladder and excretory system was getting worse.
I had done my homework, got second opinions and could find no physician
in the Greater Seattle area who had anything else but total hysterectomy
on his mind. I had no other problems with my reproductive system; no bleeding,
no cramps. My ovaries were healthy.
I contacted HERS Foundation first online and then by phone. They recommended
a surgeon in Spokane. He said he could do a myomectomy
because the fibroid was subserosal and on the outer wall of the uterus
the size did not intimidate him. He went in and carved it out. He found
one other small one and did the same to it. It's two years later and there
has been no regrowth. As he predicted.
I later found out that the first surgeon that my ob-gyn had referred
me to was new in the community and had soon earned the nickname "Butcher"
from the operating room nurses because he did hysterectomies by the dozens,
and wasn't a very good surgeon. He left our rural community within a couple
years and is now in Alaska. I feel so lucky to have connected with HERS
and with the talented surgeon they recommended.
For more information about hysterectomy:
- HERS Foundation (Hysterectomy Educational Resources
& Services) is an independent, nonprofit women's health education
organization providing accurate information about hysterectomy, its
adverse effects and alternative treatments.
Awareness, a website dedicated to raising awareness about hysterectomy
as well as providing support and resources about the subject.
Uteri, a forum for the discussion of the physical and emotional
challenges that can be caused by hysterectomy.
- Hystersisters, a woman
to woman support website for hysterectomy recovery. This group offers
resources and kindness so that visitors can discover options and make
decisions for themselves.