Pages

Friday, April 3, 2009

Fibroid Photos

So, just as I promised I'm posting the photos of my fibroids right here. These pictures were given to me by my surgeon, Dr. Landay. I'm going to put a large gap in between this paragraph and the first photo, because there are obviously guts involved, and I don't want anyone to accidentally happen upon my page and see something that will make them sick. Therefore, anyone who is interested in seeing what my fibroids looked like can scroll down the page for the photos and a bit more information...

:
::
:::
::::
:::::
::::::
:::::::
::
:::
::::
:::::
::::::
:::::::
::
:::
::::
:::::
::::::
:::::::
:::
While you're scrolling, here's a picture of a fetus bottle I made! ;)

::
:::
::::
:::::
::::::
:::::::
:::
::::
:::::
::::::
:::::::
::
:::
::::
:::::
::::::
:::::::




Okay, so this first picture is of my large fibroid still attached by it's stalk to my uterus. The uterus is about the size of a pear, and as you can see there were three more smaller fibroids starting to grow as well. A fibroid is (usually) a benign fibrous growth that can be attached to the uterus via a stalk on either the inner or outer uterine wall, or enclosed within the muscle of the wall itself. The fibroid is basically an extra muscle growth that will start to appear once a woman reaches the age of menstruation, and usually will begin to shrink once a woman reaches menopause. No one yet knows what causes fibroids, and it's possible that mine will grow back, but researchers believe that it could be genetic, and that it's affected by estrogen and progesterone levels. It's pretty rare for a fibroid to get the size that mine did, which was 18cm; however, smaller fibroids are fairly common, with 20-80 percent of women developing them by the time they reach the age of fifty. If you'd like more information on fibroids in general, please take a look at this website, womenshealth.gov, which is where I got most of my information from before I went to the specialist. It's always good to be prepared ahead of time, so that you know what questions to ask!


This next photo shows the fibroid still on it's stalk, and if you look closely you can see a very large vein which is providing the blood supply that kept the fibroid growing. Occasionally the fibroid would twist on it's stalk, cutting off it's own blood supply, thus "choking" the fibroid. At these times there was extreme pain that lasted quite a while, and wouldn't dissipate with pain medications. In fact, the large fibroid was twisted twice over on it's stalk (you can see it a bit in the first photo), but somehow it managed to still keep a blood supply open, so as not to kill itself.


And finally, this last photo shows all the fibroids after they've been removed from my abdomen. Currently I'm still healing, so the pain hasn't gone away completely yet. The recovery time for an operation like mine (a myomectomy) is six weeks.


11 comments:

  1. Good Lord that was big!!! I bet you'll have a flat stomach after you heal!
    Heal quickly!
    Black Hearted Lizzie Crow

    ReplyDelete
  2. I can't believe that giant fibroid was inside your tiny body! I'm sure you'll be feeling better once you heal!!!!

    Gentle hugs coming your way.

    ReplyDelete
  3. YIKES!!!!

    I knew it was huge, but OMG, I didn't even begin to realize quite how huge...even the first picture doesn't do it justice...

    hope you continue to feel better...

    love ya,
    Krystal

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have 2 ver large fibroids now. I went to a surgeon in my town my Homopath GYN refered me too. He wanted to do a full Hyst but I went back to my GYN yesterday(an hour away). He refered me to his associate(close to him) who wil just do a myomectomy. I have had these for over 10 years. But now they are too big(almost as big as my uterus). I go to see the surgeon next Monday. I hope to get the surgery within two weeks...

    ReplyDelete
  5. I know the pain your going through. I hope you heal well.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you. I'm doing fine now, although not completely healed (it takes a year.) Surgery is not fun, but it's better to have them out, and I do feel like I have more energy now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi kit...if you don't mind me asking, how big was your fibroid and how much did it weigh? my wife just had a 22cm (about 9") fibroid removed but we weren't told how big it was.

      Delete
  7. thanks for sharing you experience...I have just gone through the healing and am healing now...so glad I had it done..really feel a weight off was surprised to hear it takes about a year :(

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sanders, recovery takes only 6 weeks, and you should be feeling fine by then. It will take about a year for the nerve endings to fully grow back, though, but that shouldn't cause you much discomfort. I wish you a good recovery!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am having the surgery during the week of Christmas. I am really looking forward to the relief of excruciating periods, but I'm so scared of the pain during healing. Thank you tons for sharing your pictures, and for walking us through what the fibroids look like. I pray you are doing well now.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I am getting the same procedure done a week from now, because mine has become freakishly big as well. How did you go about asking for photos? I wouldn't mind keeping photos and saying "look everyone here's my alien fetus!" (well, not exactly like that, but I'm still curious.)

    ReplyDelete