I’m kind of at a loss. Mine’s in situ and I already had a LEEP but they want to do a hysterectomy. I would vastly prefer a trachelectomy but they ‘don’t usually do that’ for women who are done having children. (Which I am.)
From what I understand, the outcomes between the two surgeries for the actual cancer are about the same. Trachelectomy is far less invasive, less painful, has a shorter recovery time (which is very helpful as I’m a single parent) and doesn’t carry the risk of early menopause- even with the ovaries left intact- and all that entails. Longterm risks of hysterectomy are not exactly something to sneeze at. There have been a lot of recent studies and the attitudes about therapeutic hysterectomies are changing.
Am I missing something here? Trachelectomy seems like the optimal route to take. I don’t think I’m done with my uterus just because I’m done having children. That’s ridiculous IMO. Is this just something that’s being done because it’s the way that it’s always been? It seems much less than ideal. I mean, I realize that cancer is something that’s scary to some and a lot of patients and doctors may wish to be hyper cautious, but it’s not like I won’t have further testing during the surgery- the lymph nodes are biopsied and all that. If it’s invasive at all they’d still perform a hysterectomy. But I’d prefer to take the least invasive path before escalating things and I don’t think my childbearing status should affect that.