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To ask if I can have a good look at my uterus after my hysterectomy?

(68 Posts)
LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 29-Sep-13 22:40:02

I mean, it 's mine, right?

And I'm curious.

They'll think I'm weird, won't they smile

FrigginRexManningDay Sun 29-Sep-13 22:42:14

You could probably see pictures of it,I'm pretty sure it would be sent off to the lab to confirm it is a uterus that was removed after the operation.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 29-Sep-13 22:47:01

Hmm
I don't think a picture will suffice tbh. I'd rather have a good poke about and meet Freddie the fibroid in person, so to speak. It almost seems rude to just have him carted off in a bowl without being properly acknowledged.

FrigginRexManningDay Sun 29-Sep-13 22:50:06

Looking for some closure before Freddie walks out of your life?

FuzzyWuzzywasaWoman Sun 29-Sep-13 22:51:05

It will be sent to the lab immediately after your op. You have no chance sorry. If you wanted to see a photograph, your surgeon may be able to organise it thorough medical reprographics and show you during a follow up appt, but it's unlikely. Nothing weird, lots of people are curious what things look like and often ask to see gall stones etc. A uterus is a really pretty organ actually. Disclaimer: I am not Jack the Ripper.

Preciousbane Sun 29-Sep-13 22:51:40

That is the kind of slightly odd thing I would ask

Oddsocksrus Sun 29-Sep-13 22:52:54

Ooh, I have my date setting consultation on Tuesday, I'm going to ask and see what happens!

EBearhug Sun 29-Sep-13 22:56:18

I'd want to see it, too.

A colleague had a knee operation, and apparently he got a DVD of the op at the end. I was overruled when I said it would be great to watch it in a team meeting. Turns out the rest of them are all pathetically squeamish.

TiredDog Sun 29-Sep-13 22:59:12

I've seen mine from the inside. I was amazed at how small it was! Tiny little pocket of toned muscle. Having had 3 babies ranging up to 9lb I was expecting a saggy sack grin. Even popped into the Fallopian tubes and had a little peer

Hysteroscopy in case you're wondering if I'm a contortionist with a long neck that can see in the dark

ThePuffyShirt Sun 29-Sep-13 23:00:54

I would want to see it too.

I was a bit gutted that my placentas were whisked away, I would've liked a prod.

My dad had his hip replaced and asked if he could see the old bit afterwards. They said they would oblige, but it was so worn away they said there was nothing to show him hmm

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 29-Sep-13 23:03:05

Yes I suppose so, in a way, Friggin. He was diagnosed as a 5 month pregnancy and until I was told I probably couldn't have kids, I'd never wanted them smile. It was a 'We'll see about THAT' moment. I want to see what he lloks like after carting him around for the last 20 years.

Fuzzy Arf @ your disclaimer! grin

Glad to know I'm not the only one who wants a good look at their innards.

I'll be having an epidural - hopefully - so they could show me in theatre and not have to bring him onto the ward.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 29-Sep-13 23:06:28

Hey Oddsocks I was thinking of a hysterectomy support thread on General Health. Can't stand the hubby-ing and hunni-ing on other sites but there doesn't seem to be anything coherent on MN.

Interested?

stiffstink Sun 29-Sep-13 23:09:21

My midwife said that during a CS the docs will have a fumble around and look at your ovaries and stuff, I would have loved a DVD of that.

I imagine them to look like boiled eggs. <off t google>

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 29-Sep-13 23:12:15

OOh, I saw pics of my (removed) kidney and bits. I had to beg my surgeon before and after the op though. He said he didn't think I was weird...

...until I asked him if there was any 'suet' on my kidney. I blame lovely morphine for that bit.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 29-Sep-13 23:14:14

envy of those who've been able to have a good look.

Well, I can only ask and they can only say yes or no.

stiffstink Sun 29-Sep-13 23:14:31

Oh god, I wish I hadn't googled ovaries after having Aldi wine.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 29-Sep-13 23:15:26

But also poor you for having to have your kidney out Hazel
Cough
Forgot my manners for a bit there. shock

AthelstaneTheUnready Sun 29-Sep-13 23:16:51

I tried to look during the op. (had an epidural), but that just seemed to distress the surgeon. I protested a bit and they knocked me out, the buggers. I did manage to see bits of skin/covering rumpled up though.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 29-Sep-13 23:19:08

Yes I can imagine that would have been a tad unnerving but I think they overreacted a bit.

How was it with an epidural?

idiot55 Sun 29-Sep-13 23:21:38

I asked to see placenta after emergency caesarian, they showed me a silver bowl, i couldnt quite see as i was lying flat, a kind student tipped the bowl too far and yip, placenta landed on my left shoulder

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 29-Sep-13 23:25:18

Eeeew

But also Arf! grin

I expect they're quite heavy

AthelstaneTheUnready Sun 29-Sep-13 23:25:47

Bloody wonderful, epidural. I've had GAs before and they leave me groggy for weeks. The epidural merely paralysed everything from the stomach down, and with some valium type pill as well I was happy as could be. They poked bits of me until I confirmed I couldn't feel a thing and off we went.

I was a little apprehensive at the pre-jab talk, which is basically 'if we cock this up it will be searingly painful and cripple you for life, but we don't usually cock it up'. They didn't.

SabrinaMulhollandJjones Uruguay Sun 29-Sep-13 23:27:07

Oooh I asked to see the placenta after dd3 - after 2 births, and
having it whipped away - both dh and I were curious. I was amazed at how big it was - as it had just splurted out of me relatively easily.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 29-Sep-13 23:29:46

That sounds do-able Athelstane. I'm not keen on a GA at all.

FuzzyWuzzywasaWoman Sun 29-Sep-13 23:31:50

If you're staying awake they may show you in theatre, just depends on the team on the day, do ask in your pre op, and mention it again on the day It would be a kind of side on view though as mentioned above.

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