Keyna Patterson has been a patient at the Women’s Specialists of Plano for over 20 years. Dr. Greebon, who is now retired from the practice, delivered both of her children. When Dr. Greebon retired, Keyna transitioned to the care of Dr. Baghdassarian.
At the age of 41, Keyna began experiencing excruciating pain during her menstrual cycle. Five days each month Keyna had horrible cramping, and heavy menstrual bleeding. “I dreaded the 9th of every month,” said Keyna. “The pain was twice as bad as child birth, without the epidural. I bled through all of my clothing. I would have to take time off work because of the pain. I was not living a normal life.”
Keyna went in for her annual visit, and after blood work, was told that she was anemic. Dr. Baghdassarian decided to do more testing to get more insight into Keyna’s symptoms. After a pelvic sonogram, it was confirmed that Keyna had four large uterine fibroids. Fibroids are mostly noncancerous tumors that develop in the uterus. Fibroids range in size from small seedlings to bulky masses. In most cases, uterine fibroids do not cause sever symptoms, but in certain cases symptoms can be extremely debilitating.
One month after being diagnosed, Keyna decided to move forward with a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. “I was done having children, and was ready to be out of pain, so I knew having the hysterectomy was the right decision for me,” said Keyna. A total laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laparoscopic surgical instruments to remove the uterus. Compared to traditional open hysterectomy, a laparoscopic hysterectomy has a quicker recovery time, less blood loss during surgery, and lower infection rate.
“Up until this point, I had never had surgery in my life, and I was very nervous, but Dr. B did a great job at calming my nerves. During my office visit before the surgery, Dr. B showed me exactly where all of the instruments were going to be inserted and how the procedure was going to be performed. He was very clear about what I could expect during the recovery process.”
In August, 2018, Keyna had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. “After the surgery, Dr. B came into the recovery room and told me and my husband that the procedure went very smoothly,” said Keyna. “He showed me the fibroids that he removed, and they were huge. I am now 5-weeks post-surgery and I am feeling much better. I am still a little sore with some movements, but the pain is nothing close to what is was before.”
“I would recommend Dr. B and all of the staff at the Women’s Specialists of Plano to anyone. He is the most genuine and compassionate doctor. He took the time to really explain everything to me to ensure that I knew what to expect. Shelly was great too! I would tell other patients who are suffering from pain from uterine fibroids to weigh all of your options. I know it is a hard decision to have a hysterectomy, but for me it was the best decision I made, and the recovery process was definitely manageable.”
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of these procedures, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine the appropriate treatment for your situation. The clinical information and opinions, including any inaccuracies expressed in this material by patients or doctor are not necessarily those of the Women’s Specialists of Plano and should not be considered as substitute for medical advice provided by your doctor.