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Complications with C-Section and Ovary Removal

By February 27, 2011 - 11:49pm
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I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and since the beginning of this pregnancy i have and the doctors have been aware of a large complex ovarian cyst. Currently the cyst measures 13.8mmm x 9mm. until 3 weeks ago doctors where happy to just watch this cyst but it has grown.

Now the doctor would like to perform a c-section at 37 weeks and also take the cyst and more than likely my right ovary with it.. I had my first child naturally and the thought of a normal c-section scares me let alone someone taking out part of my ovaries. I am just wondering what sort of recovery time i am looking at and what sort of c-section will be used weather i will be awake for it or not. And any other relevant information on this topic.

Please help if you have been in this situation or if you are a medical professional and can give me some sort of information.

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Hi kvanalphen,
Thank you for your question and for joining EmpowHER. I personally can tell you after having had two c-sections that you can be aware if you want to, but you won't feel a thing, except for a little pressure. For me, the worst part was getting the spinal block. If you have had an epidural, you basically know what a spinal block is like. The only difference in my view is that you get a spinal block cold, with no prior medication, whereas if you are in labor you may have had medication already. I also have friends who have had ovaries removed because of ovarian cysts. I believe a cyst normally might be removed via laparoscopic surgery through a few tiny incisions, but since you are pregnant and having a c-section, you will be open already and the doctors can easily remove your cyst and ovary at that time. The recovery from c-section and ovary removal was pretty similar from talking with friends--it's about 2 weeks until you really are feeling better and stronger. The scar you get from a c-section is from an incision made just above your pubic hairline. My scar doesn't bother me at all, and it's actually kind of nice to be able to show it to my children and say, "That's where the doctor pulled you out of my tummy when you were just born." They think it's cool, and they like to touch it.
If you want a professional opinion in addition to links provided below, I can contact one associated with the website to ask them also.
Let me know if this is helping, and what other information you would like.
Here is a link about c-section, and ovary removal:
EmpowHER: My C-Section and Recovery, C-Section: What's Involved (Dr. Grayson), and Ovarian Cyst Removal.
Good luck, and let us know how you're doing.

February 28, 2011 - 7:49am
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