10:23 pm - 04/19/2014

Hysterectomy Photos

Well, a couple of people mentioned being interested in seeing pictures from my hysterectomy, so I'll post links to them here. Be aware, they're actual photos taken of my actual innards, so if pictures of internal organs bother you, don't click.

Photo of my uterus and one of the fibroids

Photo of the cervical stump, after cauterization

I have a couple of others, if you're really keen.

lanalucy 20th-Apr-2014 05:30 am (UTC)
I'm always really interested in what's inside. My doctor gave me photos from my tubal ligation a million years ago, too. Fascinating, really.

Thanks for sharing these.
stasia 20th-Apr-2014 05:34 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I love that I have the pictures - isn't it interesting to see what we look like on the inside?

slinkslowdown 20th-Apr-2014 06:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing. :)

I've got a massive curiosity for all things medical, but even moreso in this case because I'll be getting a hysto done some time in the somewhat-distant future.
stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:24 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I love looking at medical pictures as well.

I hope your future surgery goes well!

nakedfaery 20th-Apr-2014 08:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing, I think it's brilliant to see actual photos. For me, people can tell me what happens but seeing it makes me understand more.

Hope you are healing/healed well and glad you feel better.
stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:25 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! I also find looking at pictures much more informative than just text.

As for the healing, the surgery was, um, 8 years ago now? It was uncomfortable, but long over and now it's all good. (THANKS, though, for the well wishes.)

lolabobs 20th-Apr-2014 09:19 am (UTC)
fascinating - I had my hysterectomy due to grapefruit-sized fibroids (and something else I can never remember the name of) so it's brilliant to see what they looked like!
stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, mine started out MUCH bigger and were grapefruit sized by the time we got them shrunk down enough to get them out. I'm so pleased that I got a chance to see them.

xfdryad 20th-Apr-2014 10:36 am (UTC)
That's crazy huge!! Thanks for sharing, though, I've always wondered what fibroids look like.
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stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:27 am (UTC)
They were larger before I had hormonal treatment to make them shrink before surgery. At the point of surgery, the largest was about the size of a grapefruit.

the_bone_doctor 20th-Apr-2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's incredible. I so appreciate you sharing- seeing real photos helps me understand what's going on in there much better. So you kept your cervix? I'm hoping for a hysterectomy in the near future and am curious about the differences in experience/feeling with keeping or getting rid of the cervix.

I also really enjoyed seeing that you had lovely fiber art on either side of your guts photos! :D
stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:30 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I love seeing pictures of stuff like this.

And yes, I had the option to keep my cervix and it seemed ... like something to do, so I did. I also could keep my ovaries because they weren't involved in the fibroids, so I missed the hormonal shifts as well. (It does make for amusing frustration at the doctor's office when they ask me, every single time, when my last period was and I respond with, "Eight years ago." *snort*)

I found that my cervix had dropped quite a bit at first, but within a few months it seemed to have permanently moved up as high as it'd ever been. I have to admit I don't bother checking on its position all that often (as long as it's not, um, making me notice it I sort of ignore it, the way I ignore my spleen.) so I can't give you detailed information.

And thanks for the compliments on my fibrous stuff. I still knit and do other stuff but keep forgetting to upload the pictures to flickr. *facepalm*

pinkminx 20th-Apr-2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
That was fascinating. Thank you!
stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:30 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

lyssa027 21st-Apr-2014 12:21 am (UTC)
wow the inside of the human body is so fascinating :)
stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:31 am (UTC)
Isn't it just? *beams* I love getting to see all the bits and bobs and how they go together.

kansassatin 21st-Apr-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
Wow. Thank you for sharing!
stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:31 am (UTC)
You are quite welcome!

snatchbeast 21st-Apr-2014 08:31 am (UTC)
That's fascinating! Thanks for sharing =)
stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:32 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I was happy to show them off, amusingly enough. There aren't many places where one can whip out one's Innard Photos so it's nice to show them to people who're interested.

calyxia 21st-Apr-2014 11:13 am (UTC)
Really neat, thanks for the share!
stasia 25th-Apr-2014 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks and you're welcome!!

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