Remember these little angels...my 3 P's? Well,they were none to easy to get here, let me tell you. Nevertheless, they are each all the more precious because of it.
Throughout the process, I experienced many different gynecological procedures, treatments and surgeries between Endometriosis, PCOS and Infertility treatments. Then on top of that there were the exams and finally various obstetric procedures. Thankfully, I lived to tell about it all too.:)I was blessed to have an excellent Reproductive Endocrinologist and the man I personally consider to be the best OB-GYN on the face of this earth.:D
These were super intelligent men who had trained and studied and were well versed in what they were doing. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such awesome professionals available.
Once we had reached a point where I was no longer able to tolerate the Infertility treatments nor the effects of the PCOS and the Endometriosis (the heavy periods, the intense PMS, etc.) my OB/GYN and I settled on a hysterectomy. While I was sad due thinking it meant the end of expanding our family, I was actually excited at the prospect of feeling immensely better post-op.
I grew up with a Mom who had had a Hysterectomy with extremely positive results and thus had no qualms about the surgery itself. I expected it to leave me with a scar not unlike that from my c-section and with a lengthy and somewhat painful recovery.Imagine my surprise and pleasure when I learned from Dr. Gebert that now days many, many hysterectomies as well as Gynecological procedures period are available in a minimally invasive manner!
What did that mean for me?Well, many things. It meant a reduced risk of infection, less blood loss, smaller scars, less pain post-op, and generally quicker recovery time. It meant I spent less time in the hospital period.How are these minimally invasive procedures accomplished?
Instead of having to create a 6" plus incision, Dr. Gebert used endoscopy – the use of a miniaturized telescopic device to see inside the abdomen and female organs just like is used in many orthopedic injuries. The use of endoscopic surgery is really unparalleled in its ability to allow the doctor the ability to see the organs and areas involved, work quickly and many times diagnose and treat additional problems before they get out of control.
I really could not have been happier with the results. I have a couple of tiny scars where the endoscope and it parephenalia were inserted, allowing Dr. Gebert to do his job and I have had no other problems since. I healed just as he had hoped and I cannot imagine doing the surgery any other way.
Minimally invasive surgery is an option all women should consider before committing to any gynecologic procedure. It is your body and it is your choice. US News & World recently reported that, out of the one in four women who receive hysterectomies, approximately 85% are still treated with traditional open abdominal surgical methods, despite the perfection of a decades old laparoscopic procedure that leaves the ovaries and cervix in place. 85%!
Educate yourself. Use the resources available to help you learn and understand your options and to make an informed decision. You will be glad you did.