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A 33-year-old female asked:

What's the difference between an ablasion vs historectomy if i wanted ablasion will i still have periods i get hormonal migraines will those go away?

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Dr. Timothy Raichle
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Big difference: With an ablation, the lining of the uterus (the part that grows and sheds each month) is destroyed, leaving the uterus in place. It is typically an outpatient or clinic based procedure. A hysterectomy involves removing the uterus and is more definitive, but the recovery time is longer. Hormonal migraines might improve slightly with either, but are unlikely to be cured.
Dr. Christina Adberg
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Very different: Ablation is a hysteroscopic procedure where the lining of the uterus is burned. This shrinks the endometrium and diminishes menstrual flow. There are no scars from this procedure and recovery is very fast. Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. You will never have a period again after this surgery, but the recovery is longer. Neither procedure will affect your hormones.

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Last updated Mar 13, 2014

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