09 May, 2010

ovary and out!

...back again after a long break!

i had my surgery this past monday and everything went smoothly.
removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes = bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy

my surgeon found mild endometriosis, which is what i figured the culprit of my pain was. i don't really remember what else she said to me as the recovery on monday was quite rough. i think it was a mix of not eating much the day before, the drugs from anesthesia, the morphine in recovery and the percocet i took before leaving the hospital...quite the mix there! i was out of it and nauseous for the rest of the day. i was in the most pain the day of surgery, (not very much compared to top surgery) though couldn't hold anything in my stomach in order to take a pain pill.

i had two amazing nurses over the course of the week who took very good care of me. i've just been taking it easy, trying to get as much sleep as possible and trying to get used to eating again. my pain has been minimal and i am only taking half a percocet in the morning and evening. the only part that is bothersome and uncomfortable is my belly button, where one small vertical incision is (maybe only half an inch long). it's quite an awkward place for an incision because your belly moves every time you do! anyway, i'm feeling pretty good now and unfortunately have to go back to work tomorrow. i was told i could begin exercising a week after surgery, though i am hesitant because of my belly button incision and am probably going to wait another week or until my post-operative appointment on the 18th.

and check out this sweet gift from my surgeon! i really have no idea what anything is!



Iara said...

Hey Luke- congrats on your surgery :-) And cool pictures! Could that perhaps be your uterus on the top left, and maybe the white things were your ovaries. The yellow thing looks like a kidney shape but i don't think that really makes sense anatomically.

Tenured Radical said...

Glad to see you are ok. You are an amazingly upbeat person, I must say. Good on you, as they say in Australia.

Laura G said...

That's gross!!! Thanx for sharing thou. Did your surgeon do a video too? I'd love not to see it.

Diana said...

So sad I haven't checked this site until now...could have talked to you about this when we saw each other! Glad everything went well (months ago)!

jen said...

the picture is really grouse but at least I've seen few of your actual internal parts.

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