This is a collection of posts I wrote about my partial hysterectomy and salpingectomy (removal of fallopian tubes). My surgery was all done through my belly-button using a DaVinci Robot. I still give thanks for this surgery and for Dr. Garg who is, hands down, one of the best medical professionals a person could ever hope for. He changed my life. As women it is our responsibility to educate and advocate for ourselves when it comes to our medical care. We have so many options. Gone are the days of being ripped open with six months to a year of recovery. I was up walking the next day and I was off painkillers in two days. This is MY journey. I hope it inspires others to be aware, NOT afraid.
|Waiting at hospital, my husband’s care plan and all good after surgery!|
|Photo courtesy of KUSI News|
Acupuncture and periods
NBC News Story -San Diego Channel 7 (also posted below)
Scripps Press Release
UT San Diego article and my reply
KUSI News Good Morning San Diego (also posted below)
The Daily Beast article and my comments
Six weeks later – Post-Op
For the better part of almost three decades (or is that the worst?), I suffered from horrible periods. It especially became worse after having an Essure (a type of tubal ligation) placement at the age of thirty. For a long time, I searched for answers to my pain. Then on March 14, 2014 my life changed when I underwent a partial hysterectomy using the daVinci Robotic method, with just one incision to my belly button. My procedure was the first of its kind performed in San Diego.
After years of trying everything I could think of: birth control pills, injections, hormone treatments, endometrial ablation, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, drinking vats of raw apple cider vinegar and chamomile tea and just about every other home remedy, I was ready for a change.
After much consideration, research and discussion with my physician, I decided to have my uterus and fallopian tubes removed, keeping my ovaries and cervix.
I want to be clear that I don’t think all women should have this procedure. If you have cramps and it’s merely a nuisance, this isn’t for you. As women; as human beings, it is our responsibility to educate and advocate for ourselves as patients. Seek second and third opinions. Know your options.
The links above are the story of my journey. Please feel free to ask questions or share your own story here by posting in the comments below.