Age doesn’t count – Elizabeth’s ovarian cysts story

My story is still very young, although I am a 70+ young lady, I was diagnosed with bilateral ovarian cysts via a scan a few weeks ago, to confirm the diagnosis my consultant also advised an MRI scan be performed.

On completion of investigations (fortunately non- malignant) my Consultant consulted with his colleagues and in agreement the conclusion is for surgery, hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo – orrpherectomy via a vertical incision.

To my suprise I was placed on an urgent NHS waiting list with an appointment for surgery within 2 weeks, that date is 6th May early in the morning.

The pre op care and attention given to me by both the medical and nursing staff, from discussing surgery to signing consent to a full health screening, and guidance with diet and post op care has been more than 110%

During the last few weeks life has been in turmoil with taking pain killers for abdominal pain wearing clothes that are comfortable anything from a size 14 to 18 (due to the abdominal swelling from the cyst). With friends and family to support me and the information I have gained through the Hysterectomy Association I couldn’t ask for more.


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  1. I too had a 13cm cyst on my left ovary, I had a total hysterectomy with a vertical incision last October. I was surprised how well the pain was managed, so don’t worry about that and the nurses take such good care of you. I felt really well and had to stop myself from lifting and hoovering etc your body will let you know what you cannot do!
    I am now 10 months on and still have a pink scar like a zip down my tummy and also a round swollen tummy, I keep trying to get the muscles working but it’s a slow process.
    Don’t worry the human body is an amazing thing all will be well, good luck and think positive.

  2. Dear Patricia. I am 69 and awaiting hysterectomy next week. I am so worried that I asked God to shorten my life. Not fair to do that. But when I read about the procedure I feel so scared that I can’t lead a normal life. Have you felt the same? The recovery is so awful and painful that really scares me. I have never been in hospital as a patient. How do you feel now?

  3. I too had a radical Hysterectomy on the 14th April 2015, the cause was a overian cyst which had grown rapidly fro 5cm to 13cm in a matter of weeks, although it was a shock to be told that I would have a radical hysterectomy, I knew it had to be done and the time scale was important, I was told on the 9th April and operated on the following Monday which was the 13th April, I was in hospital 4 days,, it it is now 6 week since my procedure, there had been times when I have been in pain, but on the whole I have felt quite well. I keep having to remind myself that’s it’s quite a major operation I gave had done I am 69 years old this June, and have an underlying condition called COPD, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the national health service, for taking such good care of me, for treating me with respect and dignity. So to all you ladies out there who have been told they may have to go through this procedure, just put your trust in your Consultant and his team .