Every once and a while a stranger begins to have this incredible impact on your life. That stranger brings you inspiration, faith, hope and causes you to pause in life and think about something bigger than you to do list. This is exactly the impact that Denis is having on me…..a stranger to me just a short time ago…..but with each of her posts creating a special bond, a special place in my heart, and a big impact on my life! I hope her personal story series is having the same wonderful impact on you!

Denise looks back to the day of her Myomectomy…

MYOMECTOMY! It has been 8 1/2 months since that momentous day in September. The day I could have died. Yet, the day my hope of having a baby was renewed. It was the day of my Myomectomy. Even now, a part of me cringes at the mere mention of that word. But another part of me says, “Thank you God. Thank you for giving me hope.”

“What’s the big deal?”, you might ask, “What could be so horrible, yet so hopeful, about one simple word?” Well, I will tell you. An abdominal myomectomy is a painful and intense surgery used to remove non-cancerous growths called fibroids from a woman’s uterus. See, in order to conceive my little Jaydon, I needed this surgery because there were fibroids blocking both of my fallopian tubes. Many women in my position, who no longer desire children, would opt for a hysterectomy, a surgery which removes a woman’s uterus and any chance she has of having a baby. However, the purpose of a myomectomy is to preserve the woman’s uterus and her chances of conceiving a child. Thank God for modern science providing the ability to preserve my uterus. But, for me, this surgery was more intense than for most.

The hospital staff put me under general anesthesia and everything went black. The surgeon, whom I will refer to by code name as Dr. Mike, thought there were only about 7 or 8 of these pesky fibroids to remove. But, once he got in there, he discovered there were 27 fibroids. I should point out that the number and size of the fibroids determine how pervasive the surgery will be. The sizes of my fibroids ranged from tiny to huge. My poor uterus! No wonder it was the size of a 16-week pregnancy. To find and remove these 27 fibroids, Dr. Mike made an incision in my bikini line, almost hip to hip (similar to the incision used for a C-section). He invaded my body with his tools and removed the fibroids, cutting them out the old fashioned-way, with a scalpel. Dr. Mike did his best to restructure my uterus to maximize my chances of getting pregnant.

Let’s not forget the emergency blood transfusion. Fibroids, by nature, tend to bleed. I lost way more blood than expected. I woke up to find that I had low blood pressure and the whole time I was in the hospital they had to keep a watch on it. In fact the day I was released, they had originally decided to hold me because my blood pressure was too low. Then there was the danger of nicking other organs, like my bladder. He didn’t nick my bladder, but God knows it felt like it. I was not comfortable urinating for at least 3 1/2 weeks after the surgery. Each time I went to the bathroom, I thought my insides were dropping out.

Once the surgery is done and they stitch you up, you are forced to get out of bed within 12 to 24 hours. I cannot express the pain. Your internal organs have been massacred! You’re doped up on drugs for the pain, and you have to walk around. It’s not fun at all!!!! I was out of work for a total of six weeks and still was not 100% ready to go back. But, I needed to get back to work as soon as I could. I would say it was another 3 or 4 weeks before I felt totally back to my old self again.

Six weeks after the surgery Dr. Mike performed a follow-up SIS to check my uterus and then a follow-up HSG to check my fallopian tubes and outer uterus. Praise God! Good News!!! The surgery worked. There was NO scar tissue and both my fallopian tubes were OPEN!! No blockage. The surgery was a raving success! I could try to conceive six weeks from the date of these tests!! I left there on cloud 9. My hope of conceiving was renewed. So, I guess a part of me doesn’t cringe at the word. MYOMECTOMY, as it will allow me to conceive my little Jaydon, I admit that I’m now happy to say, “Myomectomy.” I will shout it from the highest rooftop!!! And Yes, I will do it again in a heartbeat. My little Jaydon is worth it!!!!

Denise
“With God All Things Are Possible”

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

leslie July 29, 2011 at 9:42 am

Hi
My name is Leslie and reading this story has brought me hope. You see Im about to have a myomectomy on September 2011 and I scared to death. But due both my fallopian tubes being blocked and my desire for more children I have to get the surgery. I have 3 fibroids the largest one being about 9cm which is an a intramural on my anterior wall. My fear is me waking up with no uterus , no fallopian tubes or not waking up at all. Im 43 with a fsh score of 8.53 which means I could still get pregnant ,but this darn fibroid is in the way , or at least I hope for this is my second myomectomy , had my first one 2001, which means it could also be scar tissue also. So Im also having another operation to repair any other problems with my uterus.My Dr. told me he will make my uterus look like new. I dont want to do IVF for thats my last option.

leslie December 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

HEY well this is Leslie and I survived the operation and im back at work.
Doctors have even given me the ok to try for a baby. But my partner who I assumed wanted a girl , found out through my beautiful doctors( talk about privacy issues) now refuses to have a baby with me.So not only did I risk my life , I had the surgery for nothing, nothing at all. Im 43 and if I dont try soon it wont happen.

laugirl February 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Leslie, my heart goes out to you for what you went through. I have a similar story. Me and my husband had been trying to conceive for the past 2 years. We did clomid and iui’s for several cycles. Finally my RE referred me to one of his ob/gyn docs. They recommended a myomectomy. I had one very large fibroid. My husband and I decided to go through with the surgery. My surgery was October 5th, 2011. He decided to divorce October 21st, yes…DIVORCE! I couldn’t believe it! After dealing with the shock and wide range of emotions, I now realize he did me the biggest favor! And he just made it easier for the next guy;). Life hands you lemons, better make some damn good lemonade! I wish the best for you…good will come from this:)

Rose March 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I am having a myomectomy next week and after reading what u went tru, i am so scared and dreading thr moment….. Happy u are now well xxx

Erica October 31, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Hi
My name is Erica. I too exprienced a myomectomy had to after i found out it contributed to my miscarriage.yes!!! It was scary and recovery was painful. Im kindda concernedr that I havnt gotten pregnant yet. Im 34 and my clock is ticking! Im a firm believer of god so maybe its not my time. But after having a disappointing miscarriage i do want a baby!!!! i have no children but i know the most high will bless me with one.

Flory Tettey November 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thank you all for giving me hope…..l was totaly discouraged but now am encouraged.

May December 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I had a myomectomy in June and now trying to conceive. It was a big deal for me but thank God for safety.

I know God will perfect it all!

bri December 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I am confuse..need suggestions and prayer..had a late pregnancy loss the doctors are not sure why..one said it’s a possibility the fibroids played a part and another said they are not the cause..they are two experienced obgyn and I dont know who to believe or what to do..
..should I go through with the myomectomy. .I am scared either which way keep the fibroids and risk the chance of another loss or go through the operation and risk the chance of never having children…I’m trying to be positive believe me I am… can someone please reply

Joanne December 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Hi Joy,

I’m so sorry to hear what you are going through. We are not doctors here at Circle+Bloom so I can’t offer you any medical advice. Just know that my best thoughts and prayers are with you. Your resilience in trying to stay positive is truly inspiring and I really believe that is one of the best thinks you can do for yourself. Just know you have an entire community out here ready to support you :)

ENGINEER GREAT December 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

My girlfriend has fibroud and the Dr says its the size of 5months pregnancy, pls what does that mean? myomectomy is scheduled to be performed on her less than a month from now, she has not given birth before, just had one abortion and i know she has to get pregnant after this to avoid the growth of the fibroud.. pls what are the risk after the surgery and what is the duration to get pregnant after the surgery?? pls ur reply will be highly appreciated….

ENGINEER GREAT December 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

Your reply will be highly appreciated……..

ScaredAndHappy December 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

Hi, I had a myomectomy in october 2013 and my surgery was a success, I had to wait 4 six weeks before having sex now its december 2013 and I just discovered that I’m pregnant 3 days ago but I’m scared cause its too ealry, pls pls if anyone know the complications related to pregnancy two months after a myomectomy pls respond to me on my email address tmagoro1@gmail.com thank u

Joanne December 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

Hello,

Sorry to hear about what you and your girlfriend are going through. We are not doctors so I can’t answer your medical questions. The best thing would be to go to the Dr with these questions, they will be much better able to answer your concerns and explain the details of her case. My best wishes are with you and your girlfriend.

Angie January 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Hello everyone my name is Angie I just had a myomectomy in Nov 2013 also. All of your comments have helped me tremendously. When I was operated md had seen in the ultrasound 5 big fibriods when I was opened he found 14! I was really scared before the operation but it is worth it. Because all of my heavy painful bleeding every month have decreased tremendously. Now hubby and I are planning to work on concieving after 3 months since I had an ectopic pregnancy before. I wish we could staet earlier but MD said 3months. So we are praying and hoping for the BEST! GOD IS ABLE! I will keep everyone in my prayers.

Angie January 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I forgot to mention I was out of work for 7weeks. It is important that you heal properly. I want to know if anyone has gotten pregnant. before 3 months after myomectomy.. thanks

EMILY January 21, 2014 at 5:01 am

Hie

i too had a myomectomy surgery on the 20th of october 2013.I was afraid.My doctor removed 8 of those fibroids.After about 6 weeks i went for my review.The doctor told me that my right tube was totally blocked and there was no hope that it was going to function.He gave me 6 months of trying to have a baby and if that fails he was going to give me some fertility tablets.I tried and within some weeks of trying,i found out i was pregnant.I am so happy guys

DIANNE EBEIGBE January 22, 2014 at 7:59 am

Hello everyone my name is Dianne going in for my myomectomy surgery on the 13th of feb really scared but my faith tells me all will be well i believe God will perfect everything in Jesus name amen.. i plan to start trying for a baby as soon as the Dr gives me the all clear… Denise your story has really giving me hope that all will be well in time… wish me luck guys……and good luck to everyone else going for it we wud all have great testimonies Amen

konyana February 18, 2014 at 3:33 am

Hi

I had myomectomy last week. Last year semptember I lost my son after giving birth. Doctors told me I have 3 fibroids. Last week I found out I have 8 fibroids. They could only take out 6. Doctor said I can try to have a bby again. Its scary to know the fibroids might grow again.

konyana February 20, 2014 at 1:41 am

Dianne Ebeigbe. I will like to know how your myomectomy surgery went as me and you did it on the same day. Hope u r doing well. Am still vomiting and having pains now and again but everything went well.

Akosua February 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

Hello everyone, I found out almost four years ago that I had fibroid at the age of 24. I was so scared that it took me three years to decide to do the myomectomy. I only made that bold decision due to the excessive menstrual bleeding and most importantly the fear of never having children. I had a successful surgery on 29th Oct. 2013 thanks to my gynaecologist. He is such an artist coz the incision/scar just below my abdomen isn’t very visible. Recovery was fine except for a rise in temperature due to a fever which lasted for a little over a week. I rushed back to work on the 25th Nov, 2013 becos my boss was resigning from work and needed me to take over from him. It wasn’t easy going back to work just about 3 weeks after the surgery but I thank God and my family for taking care of me during these had times; mum thanks for bathing me for two weeks. Now my only problem is finding the right man and husband to have kids with.
20th Feb, 2014

Daija March 6, 2014 at 5:01 am

Hi Denice, Your story is very encouraging. I have a
myomectomy scheduled for April 2014. I am a lil nervous
but excited too. I have multiple fibroids blocking me
from conceiving. But God is Good this I know an he will
prevail!! Looking forward to weathering this procedure
An becoming a Mom one day soon
.

Jennifer March 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

I have several fibroids. I found out today that one of them is the size of an orange, and is at the top of my uterus. The other is a size of a lemon in the lower part. The concerning one is the one at the top, as it could stop me from conceiving. I want to have a baby so bad and am so scared. The nurse said she wasn’t sure if they could operate on them depending on where they were. Does anyone know about this? Do you think they could operate on the one on top of my uterus that is the size of an orange? I can’t see the doctor until next Thursday and this is killing me. :(

pearl March 21, 2014 at 1:26 am

I also had a myomectomy done in November 21st. I have six fibriods removed. Now onces in a while i do experience pain. I have being trying to get pregnant now. I did have a follow up in three works after the procedure, and the doctor said everything looks good. I didnt have any HSG done. After reading Denize story i wounder whether i should call and make an appiontment for HSG to make sure everything is okay like he said. Do you think i should make another appiontment to the doctor.? I also want to know how long does it take to get pregnant after having myomectomy.?

Audrey March 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

Hello everyone..

I just got back from seeing a specialist and they confirmed that I have a fibroid that is 17cm big (approx.5-6 inches). I have never been pregnant before and would love to have a child of my own one day . The specialist had informed me that if I went ahead with an abdominal myomectomy and they couldn’t stop the bleeding then they would have to do a hysterectomy. I am so scared to wake up after surgery knowing that my dreams of having a child would come to an end. I read all of the above postings although very few of you included your age. The reason I am saying that is this specialist made it sound as though I am asking for the impossible. I am 43yrs old and she made it seem as though hysterectomy was the better option since it is less stress on a 43 yr old body. Are there any women in here in their 40s, who have never been pregnant and had a myomectomy and got pregnant afterwards??? or am I truly asking for the imposible??? :( (

Feel free to email me if you want my email is onyxaustin@gmail.com

Thanks….

Linda April 12, 2014 at 5:56 am

I’m 34 had myo on 3wks ago,27fibroids were removed.saw my doc yester and he said i can start trying for a baby immediately.No pain,had normal periods 10days after op never had a child and this is my 2nd myo.The 1st myo was 5yrs ago the largest 18 cm,My friends don,t wait they will again in less than 2yrs

nina April 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I have had two myomectomys and now I’m going to have a third. I have never been pregnant and i am 40 years old. The first surgery was in 2000 and everything was good, but no man in site for me at that time, so the fibroids grew back, and so in 2010 I have a second myomectomy, but this time I had a fiancé. So that surgery went well and my doctors said I could try and get pregnant. So I tried and tried, with fertility care because my doctor told me that I didn’t need that because I was producing eggs and all my levels were normal. My fiancé had a semen analysis done and everything was great with him and me as well now, that I have had my second myomectomy. So as the years went on and we kept trying, nothing. So I went back to the doctors and it 2014 and the told me that I have several fibroids again, but one big one inside the uterus called a sub mucus fibroid, which is blocking the sperm from getting were it needed to be. So now I’m going to be having my third myomectomy at my age and my husband and I want children. So anyone out there around my age having a third myomectomy and got pregnant and a safe delivery and healthy baby? Please let me know..
Nina. Here is me email address for replys. katrinaflowers66@yahoo.com

finsie April 28, 2014 at 10:40 am

Thanks to all the ladies for their inspiring stories. I’m 34 yrs old and after 2 miscarriages I decided to go ahead with the myomectomy. I had my surgery on the 1st of April 2014 and went back for the doc visit today he examined the cut and my uterus and said they are healing fine and I should start trying to conceive right away because of my age and that only 40 percent of women conceive after myomectomy. I was shock because I’ve never heard that before and he never mentioned that before surgery, so if any of you ladies know of anything like that pls shed some light. My hubby and I would really like to have a child soon since it was so sad after the miscarriages. I wish all of you about to do the surgery good luck and its not as bad as it seems and baby dust to all of us trying to conceive.

Carly Boice September 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Where do I even begin? I have been on an emotional rollercoaster ride for what feels like years. I will make my comments short . I am set to have my open myomectomy on Sept 15th .I need prayers because I’m scared for a lot of reasons. I’m 43 yrs old and after seeing a fertility Dr in trying to conceive we realized that without taking these fibroids out I have no chance because of their sizes and locations . They have distorted the shape and size of my uterus and now affecting the lining of endometrium line as I also suffer from endometriosis. My husband and I in the last 3 rs have gone through so much all the while getting stronger together. My body has been through surgery for ( what turned out to be not cancerous) breast cancer and a previous protuding fibroid surgery. All that happened before and right after we got married and as we get ready to celebrate our 1st anniversary and facing yet another surgery, I can’t help but think of God and his plans for us. I’m glad to have stumbled accross this blog , it is encouraging . Please pray for us as we hope to have a child and have a successful surgery oh yes we’re in MA and because of my age and timing I’m only allowed one IVF cycle to be used by Oct 20th and yes by the look of it ,I will need an extension from Tufts health plan and it’s rarely extended for someone my age so I’ve heard from my Drs. So you see I need a miracle..
Thank you so much
C

Joanne September 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Hi Carly,

Thanks so much for sharing your story. Please know that we are always here to listen and act as a resource. We will be keeping you in our hearts and prayers as you undergo your procedure and prepare for your IVF treatment. I would suggest trying our IVF Program in October – it has worked wonders for so many women and is extremely effective at relieving stress and tapping into the power of your innate mind-body connection.

We wish you all the best!

Beablly September 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I am 40 years old and am going to have 3 fibroids removed through robotic myomectomy. My husband and I have been ttc for a while now. I am really worried and praying that everything goes well tomorrow. I really want to keep hearing about ladies my age getting pregnant after their procedures. I will post back with news about how the surgery went.

Joanne September 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm

We will be keeping you in our thoughts, Bea!

Best of luck and we hope that your procedure goes smoothly.

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