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Hi my name is Shan and I had my bartholin's cyst gland removed december 2008 because the cyst had been lanced twice and i couldn't bare it anymore, it has been 8 months since the surgery and I still experience pain where it was but there's nothing there anymore, is this suppose to happen? What do I do???
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replied October 28th, 2009
Cyst
I have the same problem. I had my cyst removed 11 months ago and the ares still hurts. I think it is built up scare tissue.
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replied October 28th, 2009
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Have you checked with your OB-GYN about the possible use of a steroid cream or vaseline to soften the area up?...I would think this may have a soothing effect...

Caroline
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replied October 30th, 2009
Yea I did get a steroid cream, however it doesn't completely take the pain away. My OB-GYN said it does take awhile for the tissue to heal completely, I guess after the surgery I expected an immediate response, but oh well.
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replied January 4th, 2010
Doubts about returning to normal after a bartholin gland removal
I had a bartholin gland excised 6 weeks ago. The surgeon assured me this minor surgery would heal quickly and that I could continue exercise and sexual relations in 3 weeks. Well,the unstitched wound, which I will describe as a large,deep, gouge is still wide open in some places. I continue to be in unbearable, excruciating pain. I can't walk, work, or exercise.Basically, it's disabled me. I wonder if I will ever feel normal again. I advise anyone considering this surgery to explore all other possible options. Do not believe doctors who tell you it's a minor operation. This is the one of the most major, invasive operations that could be performed on a women. Yet, my surgeon refuses to believe me when I describe the pain to him. He says it's "impossible".
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replied July 1st, 2012
barthelin's gland cyst
wow...I am so glad you shared this, I have an abscessed cyst right now, and it was lanced on Tuesday, then I was in my Obs office two days later for him to put in a word catheter.....I am now in bed, for fear that I will rip it out by mistake...I pray it goes away. I already have enough issues in that area (pelvic congestion syndrome) I am so sorry that you are still in pain. They didn't stitch it? I would go to someone else who DOES believe you, and get the relief you need.
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replied July 20th, 2012
I'm having the same thing!! How are you now?
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replied January 5th, 2010
4th Episode and still no remedy
I have had 3 episodes already the first one was marsupialized, the second ruptured, and the 3rd was lanced and a word catheter was placed in a week. Needless, to say the glad had filled up again after 4 months. I am looking into extraction of the entire gland however, I only trust a pelvic surgeon specialist to do it not an ob/gyn as this is a condition that although common is not properly treated. I reside in NYC so if anyone out there knows of a surgeon who specialiazes in these problems pls post their info. The best to all you ladies.
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replied January 6th, 2010
Bartharian gland/cyst excision
wenv79, Whatever you decide to do, get all the info you can ahead of time. Explore credentials of physicians extensively. Find out how many of these excisions this physician has performed. Ask about the results of their operations.Find out the risks. Ask EXACTLY what is to be done. Find out how much extra tissue is planning to be removed. Ask about the healing process. Have the doctor show you a diagram of what the operation will look like after it is completed, before it begins to heal. Ask what it will look like after it heals.Find out how painful they expect it to be for you. Ask how they intend to manage your pain. Will they give you vicodin or what? Do not be intimidated. Ask questions, questions, and more questions. In my opinion, have a female physician, who understands your anatomy because she has the same physical make-up. If you do not have a relationship with your doctor that is respectful of your need for inquiry, who won't give you the time you need, to get the answers you need, find another doctor......And try everything you can before submitting to surgery. This is a piece of yourself that is filled with nerves. They will cut off a huge chunk of your labia, then leave it open as it heals. WIDE OPEN! NO STITCHES! It iwill be gone forever, no turning back. As I wrote earlier, the pain of my excision is a hundred times more intense than the original cyst. The doctor said it was a simple operation, now I'm disabled. I wish I had known before what I know now.I didn't ask enough questions. Now I'm severely nerve-damaged in the entire vulval region. I don't know if I will ever be able to have sexual relations with my husband again. I don't think the medical profession completely understands the nerves, glands, tissue, ducts, and everything else contained in that small, important area. Try everything you can to avoid this surgery.This IS a major,invasive surgery. Good luck to you.
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replied January 17th, 2010
hi, i've just got my bartholin cyst removed four days ago. the ob/gyn did enucleation of the cyst which did not involve any marsupialization or placement of any catheter. she said it should heal easily but after 2 days post op, the area became swollen. i plan to see her again but i can hardly walk and even sit. i'm worried that there might be rebleeding since the pain became worse. this is not what i expected and after reading the above postings, i'm worried that the pain will last. please advise
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replied January 18th, 2010
BARTHOLIN GLAND EXCISIONS AND NERVE DAMAGE : PUDENDAL NEURALGIA
Hi Lady75, The docters don't warn you about these things. It's not the easy surgery that they make it out to be. Hopefully, you will heal normally. Keep up with the Sitz baths and take ibuprofrin, intermittantly with prescribed painkillers, for swelling. It's also important not to do things that make the pain worse. Get a "donut pillow" at the pharmacy for riding in the car.... As I said in former posts, I had this procedure almost two months ago. The pain continues to worsen each day. After my surgeon told me the pain was in my head, I fired him. He should have known why I had so much pain. He was obviously too lazy to research my condition. And he was too egotistical and arrogant to admit that he did a "Hack Job' on me. I called my insurance company, told them what was happening, and requested that they assist me in finding the best gynecologist in my insurance network. I talked to several layers of insurance personnel, but finally spoke to a person in charge of okaying medical procedure authorizations. She sent me to the best docter!!! I told him the symptoms. He said I have nerve damage called PUDENDAL NEURALGIA......Lady75, I strongly suggest you do some computer searches about this condition. You will learn so much about managing your pain and about the nerves in the area of the surgery. Hopefully, you don't have this kind of nerve damage. But if you do , the sooner you get diagnosed with it, the easier it is to treat. If you wait too long, nerve bundles and muscles connected to the main Pudential nerve go into severe neuropathies and spasms. Then they have to send you to a neurologist....That's my next plan of action. A Neurologist is going to inject cortozone into my Pudendal nerve, then I'll have to take a medicine called NEURONTIN.Then they might do three pelvic nerve blocks. They feel that maybe I'll begin to feel normal in 6-8 months time. There is a chance they can't ever cure it and I will be permanently disabled. If only the first surgeon would have warned me of all possible complications, I never would have agreed to this surgery without getting at least 3 docter's opinions. It is a very invasive procedure. Good luck to you. I hope your recover is smooth. And remember to research PUDENDAL NEURALGIA.
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replied February 25th, 2015
Hi woman54321

thank you for all the information on the pudendal neuralgia

I have same pain and I believe I have pudendal neuralgia after my gland removal 11 months ago. I really want to know if you are ok since your surgery in 2010. This would give me a huge hope and positivity. did your treatments for pudendal neuralgia help? please help!!
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replied January 18th, 2010
I had my bartholin gland removed on 12/14/09. Five weeks later I'm still in pain and sitting on a donut because I can't sit on a flat or even a padded chair. There's NO WAY I can even think of sexual relations with my husband. My gland was abscessed to the size of a lime and grew into my rectal muscle and deep into the vagina. I did have stitches which have dissolved but I am still spotting and like I said, still in pain. I cry every day thinking I will never be the same. How long can this pain last???
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replied February 28th, 2010
Bartholin cyst
I had surgery to remove my cyst on thursday, i have been bleeding abit and have some pain. I alsi got a mirror to check it out and have a look at it. I am all swollen on one side and all black bruises. I was advised by my dr to have no sex for 6 weeks and also to shower no baths. I also see the stitches which were far back towards my bottom, I find it hard to sit and have been laying on my sides. I am back to work tomorro and just going to be carful and take it slow.
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replied March 30th, 2010
Hi everyone!I'm from the UK and am recovering from having my left Bartholin Gland totally removed. I'm 36 and have suffered from Bartholin cysts and abcesses since I was 17! It always came in the same spot and I had the same cyst marsupialized 4 times in hospital! Finally one of the surgeons said they wanted me to be examined when the cyst wasn't infected to see what could be done about permenantly sorting this recurring problem! So I went to my GP (doctor) who immediately referred me to a specialist gynae consultant who agreed to remove the gland for me. I don't know if people in the UK know this, but all patients now have a 'patient choice' where you are allowed to choose your consultant and hospital that you want to be treated in. You get a choice of 5 hospitals close to you that perform your surgery and you pick where you want to go. You can review the hospital online and check what feedback it gets from patients and government inspectors! My GP told me which hospital would be best (not my nearest one but one a 20 min journey away) so I went there!
I had the surgery 20 days ago and it is still very, very painful. My consultant did see me twice before the op to see if I still wanted to go ahead as he warned me it was a very traumatic op with a possibility of some disfigurement and scarring.I'm still not back at work, because it hurts to stand for long periods of time, and it hurts to sit down still. I also have pain if I try to sleep on my sides, but the pain is slowly getting better. Be warned, my consultant told my doctor (who called him to check my swelling of the area was normal) there are 3 things to know about this surgery; total removal of the gland is a very rare procedure, very painful as they have to dig so deep to remove the gland and surrounding tissue and a long recovery to boot!
I was given morphine when I was in hospital, and lots of painkillers and antibiotics when I went home (Augmentin antibiotics).
One tip you must take a laxative medecine when you get home as the morphine and anaesthetic caused me major problems in that area! I was prescribed 2 spoons of lactulose a day and am still taking it because the surgery and stitches made that aspects of things very painful!
10 days after the operation I developed an infection so I called the hospital again who told me to come straight back in and I was re-admitted as an emergency patient. I have to say they were fab-I saw a female consultant gynae who called in the original senior consultant who performed my surgery cause she wanted him to check it as he would know how things were progressing! After 2 days of being on a drip and strong antibiotics I was allowed home and have to see the same consultant again for a check up this week to see how thing are! All in all, I'm very happy with the care I received here in the UK-after all this was free and I know you can pay a fortune in other parts of the world for medical treatment! Never once in all my visits to casualty A&E did any of the doctors not know what my problem was too!
The bruises are slowly going, I am still bleeding and in a lot of pain but am reassured this is normal! Hope this helps, I will be happy to post more info if anyone likes!
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replied July 3rd, 2010
Bartholian Cyst Removal, Painful intercourse
Hi, I'm 33 years old and had my Bartholian gland removed in 2001, on the right side, vulva. I first discovered the cyst when I was washing myself, I felt a small pea sized lump and was worried about it :even though I didn't have any symptoms from it.

I went to the doctors, and was referred to a obs/gynae. This all happened under NHS services when I was studying as a foreign student in UK ( The hospital I went to was a teaching hospital and it was well known for its medical services). The obs/gynae examined me and told me I had a Bartholian cyst and needed it removed surgically. I asked if it was necessary, and he said it might develop into something else like a benign tumor if I left it there. I trusted the doctor enough to do it and so I did. But I did ask him if there were any side effects or after affects from the surgery, he said,' No'.

It was supposed to be a day case surgery, I thought to myself it must be just minor surgery if I'm going home after. I was placed under GA, and when I woke up from the surgery, I was seen by the nurses who told me I had to stay back another night on the ward. I was puzzled and asked them why and then I was told the bartholian cyst the doctor removed was 'big' (diameter 4 to 5cm). The nurses said the surgical incision was significant for 'pain' and I would need morphine.

I was a student nurse at that time and (as they say, nurses makes the worst patients. Personally, I didn't like hospitals stay. I have nightmares about them) so, I refused ( to my own ignorance as well, I thought I could just bear down the pain myself). As I self discharge, the doctors gave me some strong painkillers to cope with the surgical pain.

True enough, a few hours later, I was in agony. I didn't sleep the whole night and the pain only subsided the following day and lingered on for at least another few days.

All in all, I thought everything was going to be okay. I didn't dare to have any sexual intercourse for 3 months. My boyfriend (now, my husband) was very understanding and supportive.

I carried on normal activities as usual after the surgery except for heavy lifting. I thought I healed well after a few months. My boyfriend and I tried to have sex, it was impossible. My vagina was tight and there was hardly any lubrication, even when I felt aroused.

We bought lubricating jelly and tried that, but the vaginal opening was still tight. I went back to the doctor and told him the situation, he just said,' It's all in your head, you're probably scared because of the surgery. Try and relax more. It'll be fine'

I did. My boyfriend pampered me and tried to sooth me to relax, and I thought I did, but the vaginal opening was still tight. Plus I couldn't feel my vulva on the right side. And when I was aroused (till now), it feels painful on the right side of the vulva, as if someone's placed a golf ball in there. It actually pained my boyfriend as well to have intercourse with me (even though we never had this problem before the surgery. Before the surgery, it was easy for me to produce mucus and have good sex).

So, my boyfriend and I sexually pleased ourselves in other ways while attempting to have sex (although it didn't happen). We went to 3 different doctors explaining our situation, and all 3 different doctors were extremely naive about sex. They just said it's because I didn't want to have it or made stupid jokes about how unsatisfying it must be for my boyfriend. All the doctors have checked me 'under' and said I don't have any more remaining cyst.

I got myself depressed and felt frustrated. But my boyfriend stuck by me and never gave up loving me.

I married him but till now, we don't have deep penetrating sex as it's impossible. I have been to a gynae 2 years back and she said the scarring I had is 'pretty big'. (I have read on some websites that scarring tissue in the vagina can cause painful intercourse). But she too thinks it's all in my head.

I have given up seeing doctors on 'this' situation. My husband (luckily) understands me and is (luckily) still very faithful to me.

He and I still try to have proper sex. We're still trying. (plus we have tried all sorts of lubrication) We're trying to have a baby and it looks like we'll probably have to go through IVF.

and it's the first and only website where it states painful intercourse if you had a bartholian removed.
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replied August 21st, 2010
I just my bartholin gland cyst marsupialized exactly 1 week ago and I have experienced no pain or swelling at all. Before the procedure I was in so much pain I could barely walk. Sleeping was out of the question simply because I was unable to find a comfortable position that didn't hurt. But now after the procedure I am experiencing no pain, (a couple days after there was slight pain but nothing serious) and the cyst is almost completely gone. I am wearing just normal panty liners for the draining but there is no blood or anything like that. After reading all of the above comments I am a little bit scared for it to come back but as far as right now there is simply no pain or discomfort and I am quite happy with the procedure.
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replied October 18th, 2010
Bartholin cyst removed 4 days ago
I have been having reoccurring cysts for about 2.5 years. I got it removed thursday and I havent felt pain at all. I havent even taken my pain pills. I have had to use the bath room quite a bit. not sure if thats a side effect and I had cramps for the first three days but they are gone now. Of course I havent tried having sex or anything but I was terrified when I read some others posts and almost didnt get the operation, but my advice is to do your research and find a good doctor. I believe the doctor matter. I'll try to post again later on in my recovery.
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replied October 18th, 2010
I have had my bartholin gland cyst removed now for about 2 months, I had posted a previous post a couple days after the surgery and I wasn't experiencing much pain then. I can definitely say that I have not experienced any pain or complications during my recovery. I am able to have sex with no pain at all, and there is no bump or anything to indicate that the cyst is still there or reoccurring. I can see the small scar from where the made the incision but that is about all that I got from the procedure. After reading this blog I was absolutely terrified about the recovery procedure and whatnot but I have had nothing wrong. So if there is another girl reading this dont be terrified and don't rethink getting this surgery. I have been nothing but pleased since getting it! So don't be too scared when reading all the above posts. Im sure its different for everyone but I know for sure that I am not 1 in 1000 chance for it to be a success. I don't think doctors would still be doing this if there were more people complaining about it then being happy. So good luck!
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replied November 5th, 2010
7 yrs of cyst.
My name is angela... I've been having these cyst since i was 16. i remember when it first started to develop i got terrified and thought it was an STD... about 3 days later it had gone from a pea size to a golf size. i was in sooo much pain. i limped over to a clinic near my house. what the doctor did was drain it.. i remeber as soon as she took out just one zyringe full i could feel the pressure release. i got to admit, feeling a needle down there is not pretty. she took out about 6 full ones for it to get back to normal. she explained to me that this was quite common in women, that to some it doesnt even bother them. i didnt believe her at all. who could walk arond with somethin so big and not have agony??! time went on and about a year later it happened again, in the same place (my right). i went back to the same doctor, she drained it again and told me i might be needed to have it marsupialized. i was very young and scared. she told me she could just keep draining it but that since it came back once that it might just continue to return. long story short... i am 23 years old now... i went to the ER twice with severe pain... the doctor there inserted a ---i cant remember the actual name but it looked like a little balloon with a tube on the end---he inserted it to make sure the wound wouldnt heal out--in...and instead heal in--out. it was quite interesting actually and i did feel SO much better. that was when i was 18 yrs old. till today i still get these cyst BUT with how many times ihave had these cyst...in the same exact place. the scar tissue in that area isnt very strong..so when i get one now days it end up bursting on its own. and like my first doctor said "some women dont feel it"---now i believe her--- i dont feel them at all when i have one now. thank goodness! because just remembering how much pain i was in 5 yrs ago makes me cringe.
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replied December 23rd, 2010
BI-LATERAL BARTHOLIN GLAND EXCISION
I am 8days post op and have been getting progressively better. Sits bath and a water bottle filled with sterile salt water for when you finish using the toilet is essential as well as plenty of rest. I;ve described the pain as soul wrenching to acid like.

Even though im only 8days post op, i feel you pretty much need to put your life on hold for about 1-2months.

It's imperative that you eat very healthy, mostly fruits and vegetables to keep your stool soft, or ask your doctor for stool softner and get a good laxative. If you don't, you will have horrible pain.

For any scar tissue, massaging the area when it's possible to would be best. Im a massage therapist and the only way to attack scar tissue is ASAP!!! Otherwise if you leave it to late, it will be horribly painful to work the area once the scar tissue has had time to settle.

The more treatment and rememdies the better. If unfortuntatly you went into this operation naively, the bext you can do is find a better doctor for your recovery and have them check out your wound.

I'm in Sydney and found my docotr in Campbelltown (Dr Timothy Chang) he compeltely prepared me for the pain. AT first i was having a Left B-Gland removed plus a right labial cyst but, once is was in on the right side, he noticed that my right B-Gland was messed up as well. So i feel that i might be the first to experience BI-LATERAL EXCISION OF BARTHOLIN GLANDS! I feel i must be placed in the Guiness Book of Records!

I would whoel heatedly recommend the excision procudure and my doctor to whomever had B-Gland problems. I would never wish this pain on anyone, including my worst enemies!

Good Luck and be String for those out there experince this horrible pain. It will get progressively better and if it doesn't seek help until you find a solution!

It's your body!
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replied December 23rd, 2010
BI-LATERAL BARTHOLIN GLAND EXCISION
I am 8days post op and have been getting progressively better. Sits bath and a water bottle filled with sterile salt water for when you finish using the toilet is essential as well as plenty of rest. I;ve described the pain as soul wrenching to acid like.

Even though im only 8days post op, i feel you pretty much need to put your life on hold for about 1-2months.

It's imperative that you eat very healthy, mostly fruits and vegetables to keep your stool soft, or ask your doctor for stool softner and get a good laxative. If you don't, you will have horrible pain.

For any scar tissue, massaging the area when it's possible to would be best. Im a massage therapist and the only way to attack scar tissue is ASAP!!! Otherwise if you leave it to late, it will be horribly painful to work the area once the scar tissue has had time to settle.

The more treatment and rememdies the better. If unfortuntatly you went into this operation naively, the bext you can do is find a better doctor for your recovery and have them check out your wound.

I'm in Sydney and found my docotr in Campbelltown (Dr Timothy Chang) he compeltely prepared me for the pain. AT first i was having a Left B-Gland removed plus a right labial cyst but, once is was in on the right side, he noticed that my right B-Gland was messed up as well. So i feel that i might be the first to experience BI-LATERAL EXCISION OF BARTHOLIN GLANDS! I feel i must be placed in the Guiness Book of Records!

I would whoel heatedly recommend the excision procudure and my doctor to whomever had B-Gland problems. I would never wish this pain on anyone, including my worst enemies!

Good Luck and be String for those out there experince this horrible pain. It will get progressively better and if it doesn't seek help until you find a solution!

It's your body!
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replied January 11th, 2011
cde: you are not alone in the bilateral removal! i am scheduled to have the same surgery on jan 20th. i'm growing more and more nervous. so many people talk about all the complications they've experienced having only one gland removed, and here i am doubling the odds against me by having both removed!

i had an MRI pelvic scan done in september and they confirmed that i have bartholin cysts on both sides, so they suggested removing both. no point in simply removing the one that has bothered me the most and leaving the other one in if it means i may later have to have an additional surgery.

how are you doing now? i am only taking 3 weeks off from work and i hope that will be sufficient recovery time. i'm hoping to be able to have sex again about 2 months post-surgery. i wonder if that's even realistic.
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