I was diagnosed with cc (stage 1b1) in November 2013 and had a radical trachelectomy in December 2013. During surgery, I was given an abdominal stitch to help with any future pregnancies. Since surgery, I've been really lucky and have recovered well.
In January this year, I was informed that I have an infection due to the stitch. I have been on antibiotics on and off since then to try and clear this but my consultant told me that it could take about 6 months to clear. Then, 2 weeks ago (out of the blue) my consultant told me that she wanted to remove my stitch. I was really shocked. My understanding is that the stitch is not sitting as it should and is basically not fit for purpose. I asked the consultant about putting another stitch in its place and she advised that it wouldn't be straight away, that these decisions are made on a case by case basis, but that generally a new stitch would not be offered.
I was not prepared at all for this news. I was so upset afterwards. Now that I've had time to reflect and speak with family and friends, I feel more positive about it because I am not accepting that this is it. I have an appointment at the end of the month to meet with the consultant to discuss any questions that I might have. I have lots!
I have had a read through previous forums and although I have found posts about the stitch, I haven't read of anyone having it removed in circumstances like my own. Does anyone have any experience of this, or advice?
I want to go to this meeting with my consultant with all of the information I can, but the internet doesn't appear to have much on this subject, possibly because the trachelectomy is a fairly new procedure.
I know how lucky I am to be in the position I am and I hope this doesn't come across as me being selfish. It's just that I'm 31 and don't have any children and although I wasn't sure if I wanted children before this all happened, I am now. I know these procedures come with risks and add complications to pregnancies. I just don't want to be fobbed off and I'm not really sure what to do, or where I stand.
Any advice would be appreciated.