I was diagnosed with a 8-cm fibroid only today (13 Jan), after doing an ultrasound, and my gynecologist whom I was seeing for the first time, has scheduled my surgery to be done 13 days later without telling me much about the surgery.
Is this too rushed? Do I need to consult another Doctor before deciding on the surgery? I found out from the staff of the hospital which my gynecologist is working at that she has 8 years of experience and has just been promoted to have her own clinic in the hospital. So, I feel a bit uneasy.
Please kindly advise.
Yes, you need more explanation from the doctor. First of all, the fibroid may not need to be removed at all unless you are having bothersome symptoms. Second, most of the time an 8 cm fibroid can be removed laparoscopically in the hands of an experienced surgeon. See this page: http://www.fibroidsecondopinion.com/laparoscopic-myomectomy/
Laparoscopic myomectomy has the advantage of outpatient surgery and a fast recovery. I always think a second opinion is a good idea if you are recommended to have surgery.
Bill Parker, MD