I have had several surgeries in the past for ovarian cysts. Every one of them, I had pain and nausea upon awakening and soreness for several days afterward. I had seen the application of platelet gel several times while working in the OR and Tonya approached me about considering it for application with my LAVH/BSO. I thought I would give it a try, since I am a lightweight when it comes to pain. Upon awakening from surgery, I had mild nausea and pain as compared to surgeries in the past. I was given a couple of doses of Dilaudid and some Phenergan for the nausea. My pain quickly resolved. I remained in the hospital overnight and never took anything for breakthrough pain (was on a continuous Dilaudid PCA at a low dose). At time of discharge, I was given a prescription for Percocet. I never took the first one while recovering at home. I had a more pleasant experience with this surgery as compared to the several ovarian cystectomies I had in the past. If I had to rate the average pain after the previous surgeries, I would probably rate it at about a 4-5.

After the LAVH, I had very little or no pain, with an average rating of a 1. Also, Dr. Denton commented at my post op visit at how nicely my vaginal cuff had healed. I would highly recommend the application of platelet gel as it is appropriate in the GYN surgical setting.

Carrie