Ms Ruzzel was experiencing severe lower abdominal cramps during her menstrual period for many months. During her period, she needed to take pain medications just to get through her day. At times, she was in such pain that she could not even go to work.
When her menstrual pain was not relieved by the oral pain medications after several months, she decided to go for a thorough medical check-up and underwent a pelvic ultrasound scan.
She was shocked when her gynae told her there was a 6 cm ovarian cyst on her pelvic scan. She was told that she needed surgery for her ovarian cyst.
She was too afraid of the plan to undergo surgery, so she decided to “ignore” the advice. She continued to endure her painful period every month until….
She noticed that she started to have an irregular heavy period.
So she saw us and told us about her ovarian cyst.
We reviewed her menstrual condition, repeated a pelvic ultrasound scan and confirmed that there was an ovarian cyst in the left ovary. We advised that she needed surgery to remove her ovarian cyst.
“After finding out I needed to undergo surgery (for my ovarian cyst), I was too afraid … I wasn’t emotionally ready…” Ms Ruzzel explained.
Sensing that she was not ready emotionally for the surgery, we took pains to explain to her about the surgery and the recovery process after surgery.
“Dr.Tan was patient and really took his time to answer all of my concerns. He explained all the details about the surgery and even asked me to contact one of his patients that went through the same procedure. Dr. Tan has been very patient with me because I never felt rushed during my consultation time unlike if you visit other doctors.” recalled Ms Ruzzel.
She eventually agreed to undergo laparoscopic surgery to remove her ovarian cyst. After her surgery, Ms Ruzzel’s menstrual period became regular like before. She was relieved of her menstrual pain. She was overjoyed that she did not have to take pain medication during her period any more!
“After the surgery, I realized that over-thinking about the surgery was more stressful for me than the procedure itself. I now have the peace of mind knowing that my ovarian cyst has been removed,” recalled Ms Ruzzel.