Monday, June 3, 2013

Final post-myomectomy update!

Hi everyone!

So, I'm back at work! I saw the doctor last Wednesday and he he said that things are looking really good, my incision scar looks excellent and my inside scarring is looking very good as well. He gave me the all-clear to go back to my regular activities, so I was back in the office this morning and back to jogging short distances (1.5 km versus the nearly four I was up to before my surgery) on Wednesday. I've also been lifting more and the increased activity is helping loosen up the last of my abdominal stiffness and get rid of the last of the twinges I was feeling, mostly when getting into my car. I'm hoping that being more active will also make my upcoming period easier since my first period after the surgery was very painful, probably because there was still so much healing going on. I did, however, bleed 75-80% less than before having the surgery, so I was very, very happy about that!

My final instructions from my ob/gyn were not to attempt to get pregnant for at least a year, but to not wait much longer than that either. Hmm...we'll see :) I'm just glad that I can have babies now as before it wasn't even an option. The other excellent news on that front is that despite the large size of the fibroid the doctor removed, my uterine wall held up (there was no gaping), so I will be able to have a natural birth as long as nothing else (like the baby being in a breech position or my cervix not dilating) indicates that I have a c-section. The doctor was quite impressed when my uterine wall held up as quite often women who have large fibroids removed require extensive uterine wall repair and therefore it is deemed safer for them to have c-sections for their births. I must say I am very glad that I have avoided that as recovering from this type of incision once is quite enough for me for now. I'm normally very active, so having my activities curbed for a month and a half was a bit of a challenge.

So there you have it, the end of my myomectomy journey! I hope that sharing my story will be helpful to women looking for first-hand information regarding abdominal myomectomy recovery, but once again, the best advice I can give is that if your doctor advises you to have a myomectomy, go for it! It may be a scary thought at first, but it is so, so worth it in the end because the relief from your fibroid symptoms will be instantaneous and really, the recovery is not that bad either because you feel a bit better every day :)


  1. Wonderful that you have had such a successful journey

  2. I'm so glad and happy for you that everything has turned out so well--Here's to the future and all the wonderful things ahead like your lovely new home! :-)

  3. Hello Karine,

    Happy it turned out well for you.

    I live in Montreal and am too plagued with the fibroid problem. It is getting to the point I have to accept surgery( have been putting it off for five years). Like you I want to preserve fertility and would not choose hysterectomy. You spoke of some tiny ones disappearing when you stopped using progesterone cream; am on it to alleviate the bleeding and anemia resulting. Do you think it makes them grow more?

    Also do you mind sharing more information like your surgeon etc by email or here?

    Hope to read from you soon.

  4. Merci Karine from Karine here to, LOL. Just had myomectomy surgery on Monday and I agree, it is best to just get it done. I am reading up on your recovery to learn what's ahead of me, thanks for taking the time to share your journey with us. Karine from NYC

  5. Hi there! I stumbled onto your blog by sheer luck and read your myomectomy updates. Very interesting, thanks for posting them!

    I too had a myomectomy done in October 2012. I unfortunately wasn't as "lucky" as you were... I had 30 fibroids! Surgery and recovery was long and complicated due to the large number of cuts required, but here I am, pregnant and due in a month :) Despite my extensive surgery my doctor recommended that we try to get pregnant ASAP as in my case, there was a high chance of the fibroids coming back. We abstained from sex for three months as per the doctor's orders and got pregnant after six months of trying.

    Unfortunately I've had new fibroids develop throughout my pregnancy, which have caused bouts of excruciating pain. According to my doc, they should shrink post-delivery. But I truly recommend that any woman needing a myomectomy go through with it, especially if her goal is to preserve her fertility and have babies. It's been a godsend in my case.

    Nancy from Montreal