Crystal’s Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Age at Surgery 39
Location: Portland, OR USA
I had a total hysterectomy with ovaries removed because I was diagnosed with endometriosis and chocolate cysts. I suffered from my first period at age 15 with the worst most painful cramps.
I did not see a dr about the possibility of having endo until I was 39. The pain started to grow outside of my period window, that is when I knew something was severely wrong. I went to a gyno, she said she cant diagnose endo and gave me birth control. The 2nd doctor visit was to get an ultrasound. The 3rd doctor visit was to go over the ultrasound. Because my ultrasound was so complicated I was sent to a specialist, and that specialist is who recommended a hysterectomy. I accepted.
I went to a womens surgical center, where the specialist worked. She gave me the option of having the surgery there or at a hospital. I chose the center because it was small and quiet and we were in the beginning of a pandemic.
I was under general anesthesia, fully put under. I got there at 9am and went home the same day around 6pm.
Most important, to rest. I felt really good so it was difficult to rest. My recovery was easier and quicker than I had expected. I didnt use any pain meds, not even over the counter.
I was released at 6 weeks to live normal again but was told to wait for sex for 8 weeks and then 6 months is when I will be 100% healed. I resumed working fully (i work for myself) and shipping furniture and lifting heavy things at 8 weeks. I was afraid to have sex because of my cuff but that turned out fine. No issues. I was worried about bladder prolapse but my surgeon said I do not have to worry about that. Currently, I have no worries, I am free of pain and worries.
My health has improved 100%! I have never been so happy and so pain free. I am so happy I had the surgery, it was the best decision of my life. Recovery was was painful than the disease. I would do it again and again if I had to.
If you have endometriosis, this is not a cure but it is a life saver! If you have endometriosis, please try to seek out a specialist to perform your surgery. If the surgeon can remove all of the endo, your chances of being endo free for the rest of your life is much greater. An endo specialist knows the disease and knows how to give you the best future possible.