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What questions about hysterectomy alternatives should I ask my gynecologist?

I will be seeing yet another gynecologist (third opinion) for menorrhagia and severe anemia supposedly due to one large submucosal fibroid. However, my last sonogram showed two smaller growths with one ulcerated and the endometrial biopsy showed polyp tissue so I really don’t know what is going on. All previous doctors have offered me only one option – total hysterectomy with ovary removal. They are not interested in further diagnostics, I guess because of my age. I am 55 and have skipped a number of periods. In the last year however when I do have one it is extremely heavy. I really don’t want a hysterectomy and feel that I always have to fight to even get my thoughts heard by doctors.  I need to know what specific questions to ask the new doctor so that I might be offered some other options?

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I agree that hysterectomy should be a last resort. First, you need to know exactly where the fibroid is. An MRI or saline-infusion sonogram is much better than regular ultrasound at this diagnosis. If the fibroid is mostly in the cavity and less than 5 cm, it can probably be removed by hysteroscopic myomectomy: see http://www.fibroidsecondopinion.com/hysteroscopic-myomectomy/

If this is not possible, then a myomectomy, either laparoscopic or abdominal, should then be possible. See: http://www.fibroidsecondopinion.com/abdominal-myomectomy/

Unless you have a family or personal history of ovarian or breast cancer, the current thinking is that the ovaries may provide long-term health benefits.

Bill Parker, MD

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Dr. William H. Parker is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Parker is an internationally recognized expert in fibroid surgery and research. Based in San Diego, California, he is considered one of the best fibroid surgeons for abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy in the United States and abroad. He has been chosen for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors every year beginning in the late 90's.

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