I just wanted to say that I had my laparoscopy yesterday. Last Wednesday they found that my ovarian cyst had grown to 10cm x 14cm x 5cm. My surgery was already scheduled, so there was nothing else to be done ahead of time.
Thank you to everyone who posted in reply to my various questions over the last while. I think I was much better prepared due to your thoughtfulness than I would have been otherwise, and as a result I had good results and am having a fairly easy recovery so far.
The cyst was NOT cancerous, just really flippin’ huge, and they did three incisions along my belly line instead of two (so I have four total since there was the usual one in my belly button, too).
The anaesthetic really knocked me for a loop and I slept a lot yesterday – basically stayed at the hospital three hours longer than they’d expected because I was completely incapable of getting myself dressed or anything. My husband was great and took good care of me. .Hhe stayed by my side all day except during the operation itself, and he helped me with whatever I needed help with. He also took today off work (good since I had to have someone with me for 24 hours post-surgery) and has brought me food and water and meds.
I’ve been independently mobile since early this morning, when I woke up in the night and had to pee. It hurts, but not too much. Mostly the incisions are kind of itchy, and I have a little pain in my belly now and again. I have Tylenol 3’s and I’m taking two every four hours; tomorrow I’m going to try taking one instead of two. My mom might be coming to spend the day with me tomorrow, but it depends on the roads (she’s an hour and a half away and the weather’s been a bit stormy lately).
I’ve taken some stool softeners, but haven’t had any luck with that yet. Anything that involves my abdominal muscles hurts. Any tips on that count would be lovely. 😛
Here’s a timeline, for the curious (note that I was completely asymptomatic regarding the cyst for the entire time; no pain, nothing):
January 2011 – GP discovers uterine fibroid during physical, sends me for ultrasound
March 2011 – 9cm cyst is discovered on left ovary during ultrasound, decision to wait and see
September 2011 – cyst is still there, still the same size, I am referred to gynecologist
October 2011 – I have cervical polyp removed during physical exam by gynecologist, decision to wait a little longer before deciding about surgery
December 2011 – cyst is still there, about 10cm now, decision to refer me for surgery, which could take up to six months to get in
February 2012 – surgery date is set
March 2012 – final pre-op ultrasound and appointment with gynecologist, cyst has grown to 14cm, gynecologist says he may have to make the removal incision larger and that may require overnight hospitalization; a week later, I have surgery and am recovering
I am to see the gynecologist again in about six weeks but will be seeing my GP in a couple of weeks to renew my birth control.
I am in Canada – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Thanks to our health care system, I did not have to worry about the cost of anything at the hospital, and thanks to my husband’s work insurance, the prescription cost us $15 and if I’d had to stay overnight that would have been fully covered as well. I also did not have to pay for any of the ultrasounds or doctor’s appointments I had leading up to this surgery. I am extremely thankful for our health care system. [I am not meaning for this to be a political statement or to start a political debate, just to give my perspective on my health care system because I know there are some people who are very confused about the Canadian health care system and how it works. Basically, we pay taxes and those taxes help to fund the health care system.]