My Myomectomy ExperienceA Myomectomy is a procedure done on a woman's uterus to remove fibroids or benign, non-cancerous tumors, which may be causing her to have any number of problems, like excessive cramping during menstruation, or excessive bleeding during menstruation, without entirely removing her uterus. I had one in 1984.
African-American women are especially prone to get fibroid tumors, according to recent medical statistics. I suppose these statistics are ba
I was around 24 when I started having excessive cramping and bleeding during menstruation. Previously, I had had no problems with my menses at all. I had recently made friends with a woman who had had menstrual problems with all her menstrual periods since she started them. She was a Caribbean black woman and it turned out she had fibroids, too.
She had had a myomectomy before me and raved about her doctor. When I talked to her about my problems, she thought that I might be a "fellow" sufferer and that the procedure she'd had could help me. She introduced me to her doctor and I went to see him.
As she'd said he was very good. He was very considerate of women and seemed almost worshipful of them. He examined my uterus from the outside through my abdomenal wall, as well as doing a pelvic exam, and he told me that I had a large fibroid and that he would be glad to remove it for me. He also told me that he rarely did a hysterectomy on a woman who was still of child-bearing age, especially if she had no children yet, both of which were the case with me.
I had many adventures in the hospital, which I won't go into here, as they are irrelevant to the procedure. However, the doctor did a thorough examination on me, especially attending to my kidneys. He gave me some kind of radioactive dye, although after all these years I don't recall what it was, which makes the kidneys visible for inspection on whatever type of machine they used then to look at them inside the body. It made me sneeze and shiver because I was probably allergic to it. However, that didn't last long, although this procedure took about a half hour to an hour. The doctor then pronounced my kidneys perfectly fine.
The doctor took out the fibroid, which he did not save for me to see, even though I wanted to see it, saying that they did not do that. He had cut me lengthwise from my navel to my pubic mound. I had stitches (not staples), which needed to be removed after several days, the anesthetic gave me the dry heaves the first night while it was wearing off, and they made me get up and walk the next day. To my surprise, it didn't hurt, only burned a bit. I was afraid to move my bowels the next stay because of the straining, but again, all went well. I was in the hospital for seven days, which I think would be unheard of today, unless there were some complications. I also wasn't sure the doctor had kept his word and not removed my uterus, because my first menstrual period after the operation was late. However, it did finally come and the ones following it.
When the doctor talked to me after the operation, he told me that my ovaries were perfect: pink and healthy. He also told me that I'd lost a lot of blood, but that since the blood supply might still be tainted because of the new HIV epidemic (remember, this was the early '80s), and since I was young and healthy, that he would not give me a blood transfusion, but would give me iron pills to build up my blood (as I said, he was a very good and careful doctor; mindful of all details).
Although I have had some problems with my menses after this procedure, I am convinced that it wasn't because OF the procedure, as I have had several other problems which caused those. See my write-up on "Living With and treating dysmenhorria."