Mrs O has kindly agreed to share her experience of having a laparoscopic hysterectomy at Spire Cheshire Hospital under the care of Mr Brett Winter-Roach, consultant gynaecologist.
"I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Winter-Roach and Spire Cheshire Hospital to my friends, family and colleagues"
Mrs O said: "I first became aware of my symptoms after having been prescribed the progesterone only pill. I had a lot of spotting/bleeding, so after six months I decided to try an IUS coil to see if this had any impact on my intermittent bleeding.
"During approximately eight months the bleeding became increasingly heavier and for longer periods. I visited my GP who prescribed a combined pill to try and settle the bleeding. During this time I couldn’t feel the threads of the IUS so decided to visit a family planning clinic where I had an ultrasound scan to locate the IUS coil.
"It was during the scan that they found the IUS coil but also diagnosed fibroids. The IUS coil was removed and I was prescribed the combined pill plus numerous other medications to try and control the bleeding. After a further one month when the bleeding didn’t settle I visited my GP and requested a referral to Spire Cheshire Hospital.
"My symptoms were now affecting my everyday life and I was very anxious about going out to work or out socially. I was constantly aware that I may need a change of clothes, etc.
"My GP referred me to Mr Brett Winter-Roach, consultant gynaecologist at Spire Cheshire Hospital. During my initial consultation with Mr Winter-Roach we discussed my symptoms and we agreed which options where appropriate for my situation; I felt fully informed and the decision to have a hysterectomy was a shared one.
"I opted for keyhole surgery as the recovery time was quicker and I am a single parent with a seven-year-old little girl so it was really important for me to be back on my feet quickly. The operation went very smoothly, the staff where excellent in fact I was discharged early because of the care that I received.
"I had my operation on the Monday and I was home by the Wednesday and was able to do gentle walking by the Saturday. My wounds healed well and six weeks after my operation I was discharged at my follow up appointment. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr Winter-Roach or Spire Cheshire Hospital to my friends, family and colleagues.
"I went back to work at four weeks. I was still taking things easy but I felt fit and well - now I am 11 weeks post-surgery I feel fully recovered and back on track with my day-to-day life.
"I would advise others to seek advice from their GP and not be afraid to ask questions about the cause of any gynaecological bleeding."
Mr Brett Winter-Roach, consultant gynaecologist at Spire Cheshire Hospital commented: "When I first met Mrs O, I realised that she had tried a variety of treatments for her menstrual trouble with varying degrees of success. She continued to have prolonged and heavy periods which were also painful.
"In addition, she was becoming anaemic. Investigations done by her GP had identified the cause of her difficulties as uterine fibroids which are benign growths in the muscular wall of the womb.
"Mrs O was in otherwise good health and was somehow managing to juggle the demands of a busy professional and family life. Nonetheless she really wanted to consider what could be done that could get her back to good health.
"At her first appointment, we spent a fair bit of time looking through her results and considering the best way forward. Unfortunately, just keeping an eye on things wasn’t going to be an option; Mrs O had multiple uterine fibroids which were distorting the cavity of her uterus and as such day case procedures such as an endometrial ablation or insertion of the Mirena coil were not going to be appropriate.
"Mrs O had completed her family but being in her early 40s really wasn’t near the menopause. She opted for a hysterectomy to remove her uterus (and with it the fibroids) but to leave her ovaries in to prevent her entering the menopause prematurely. I advised her as well to have her fallopian tubes removed at the same time as many ovarian cancers have their beginning in the fallopian tubes.
"In her case, all of this was possible using laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). Mrs O chose this particular route knowing that she wanted to recover more quickly and also wanting to reduce the amount of post-operative pain, both of which are benefits of keyhole hysterectomy.
"The operation was done on a Monday and Mrs O was sitting out of bed and having breakfast on the Tuesday morning and was on her way home on the Wednesday. This is now quite standard practice and is safe once everyone remembers that it is important to allow rest at home to recover.
"I was delighted to see her back at my clinic for a follow-up check six weeks after the operation, by which time Mrs O was already back to work for a couple of weeks."
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