• Having Doubts about Doctor and Surgery

    Asked by vbright on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Having Doubts about Doctor and Surgery

    When I had my biopsy done, the GYN cut the growth off instead of just biopsying it. I was told to take Tylenol for the pain. This was on my labia. Needless to say I called the Doctor the next morning and I was in tears from the pain. Now, a different doctor, the GYN Oncologist says that when he does surgery to remove the cancer (about a 2" cut), it won't hurt anymore than having a cut on my arm. ?? Seriously? I don't know about anyone else, but that area is a lot more sensitive than my arm! I am now considering cancelling surgery. This is TWO (male) doctors who think that cutting a labia will not be painful.

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    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi vbright,

      I'm Aliza, a BC patient and also a retired Medical Librarian. I offer advice to folks on this site and elsewhere (usually non medical) and referrals to doctors, hospitals/institutions. agencies, etc. and research when required or requested.

      I've located a site for a medical school in your neck of the woods that's likely to have female ob/gyn oncologists as they seem to have a women's health center.

      Their site is http colon fwd slash, fwd slash medschool dot creighton dot.edu forward slash ndex dot php. Now if you find this too confusing to follow, and I understand if you do, please email me (where it says exchange email, remind me of the situation you have, copy the weird URL I sent you and then I can send it to you via regular email). This site deletes normal URL's so that's how I have to do this to see that you get it.

      I hope that's helpful. I'm sure that a female ob/gyn oncologist will be more sensitive to our pain issues than perhaps the two men you saw.

      My aunt had vulvulat cancer so I understand what you are going through. I wish you a easy journey!

      Warm wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I'm with Aliza on this. Find a female doc for a second opinion if nothing else.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I concur with the others--get a female doctor! My breast surgeon is female and she was WONDERFUL--she made my bilateral mastectomy tolerable in so many ways...the way she examined me, talked to me, listened to me--even the words she chose. She TOTALLY "got it". I really doubt a male doctor would have been so empathetic in this case.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      make it 4 for a female 2nd (or is it 3rd) opinion. Sounds like your first doc wasn't into aggressive pain management, which is big issue no matter what procedure you have.

      over 3 years ago
    • Gmomcath's Avatar

      Hi vbright,

      I had a Radical vulvectomy in October 2012 and you are right the Dr. Thinks all is great it is in the fact that they got all the cancer but now I am dealing with the recovery.

      Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • lisastockert's Avatar

      Ok..I can totally understand, the fear. But please DO NOT cancel your surgery! it has nothing to do with the sex of your Dr. but their knowlege and how competent they are! I just completed chemo and radiation a year ago after undergoing a radical vulvectomy. I was diagnosed and was scheduled for surgery a week later withou having met my surgon, I was that far gone! it had spread to my lymph nodes on my left side..I was the equivelent (sp) of stage 4! I guess I can be graphic here so Ill lay it out plainly for you, I had part of both sets of Inner and outer ..lips removed..and honestly? It didnt hurt too bad! the pain of the ulcers I had indured for a few year were far more painful!..if you want to talk more about it Id be happy to speak with you e-mail me at [email redacted]

      over 3 years ago

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