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keeping my uterus after surgery

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i know this sounds bazaar and/or even frightening, but i want to keep the tissue i'll have removed. namely my uterus. i am having a hysterectomy in 2 weeks. i am an artist and i deal with pain and emotions through art.

i feel that if i had my uterus after its removal i'll have a visual, solid reminder of how it's removal saved me from a life of pain. i have spent long hours speaking with professionals about the alternative to hysterectomy, and read more research than i can ever count.

the surgery is the best option, but i am at a loss as to how to deal with it. i have lived in pain for so long i have a hate love relationship with it. i have asked people and family about it and most stare at me as if i was totaly nuts. i am afraid to out and ask my surgeon about keeping it for fear she'll do the same.

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replied August 20th, 2008
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Doesn't hurt to ask. I wish you the best with your surgery. Good luck. Let us know how it works out.
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replied August 26th, 2008
To keep or not to keep....
Hello. You don't sound too why not just ask your surgeon in exactly the same way as you have worded your question here. They may surprise you and tell you that they often get this request, or that your request is quite unusual but they will happily comply!

Good luck with the surgery....I had my total hysterectomy almost a year ago. was no "picnic" at the time - but I am so glad I had it done. I too had become accustomed to the pain and discomfort, and even thought that perhaps I could live with it for the rest of my life - but now I know what it is like to feel "normal" down there - and it's great!
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