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What is the fastest way to relieve bloating in my abdomen after a laparotomy and ablation of endometriosis? I had the procedure five days ago.

What is the fastest way to relieve bloating in my abdomen after a laparotomy and ablation of endometriosis? I had the procedure five days ago.

A few tips: There's a new medication called alvimopan, but this must be started preop to work. Avoiding narcotic pain medication also helps. We tell our patients to walk as much as possible. Also consider chewing gum and sucking on hard candy to help things along. Unfortunately, time may be the only thing that works. Hope this helps! Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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I have severe pain in my lower abdominal area, back and legs. I had a ablation about a year ago. Do you know what could be the cause of this pain?

I have severe pain in my lower abdominal area, back and legs. I had a ablation about a year ago. Do you know what could be the cause of this pain?

Unknown pain: I do not think you can blame your symptoms on a minor surgery from one year ago. I would get you to your doctor to evaluate or discover what may be causing your symptoms now. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of medialstinal ablation?

What are the pros and cons of medialstinal ablation?

Need more info: The mediastinum is the area around your heart. Ablation means "destruction". The pros and cons depend on what is being destroyed (lymph nodes? Cancer?) and how (radiofrequency? Heat? Cold?) ask your doctor what the evidence is for the procedure, and what alternatives are possible. The mediastinum contains critical structures, so you don't want to risk any non-proven procedures. ...Read more

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What is heart ablation?

What is heart ablation?

RFA: By this, I assume you mean radiofrequency ablation or rfa procedures. These are highly specialized electrophysiology procedures used to treat specific heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias). It is carried out much in the same way as a heart catheterization except the heart's electrical activity is mapped and abnormal rhythms are treated with radiofrequency energy through special catheters. ...Read more

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Who gets heart ablation?

Who gets heart ablation?

Ablation: It I a complicated affair. It is usually reserved for intractable dysrrythmias. Intermittant vt. Is one important aspect of it. ...Read more

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Should I have an afib ablation?

Should I have an afib ablation?

Hypothetically...: Let's make assumptions: you're 36, presumably healthy without other major med problems and you have already failed a trial of 1 or more drugs. You only have afib sometimes. Fine, here's the breakdown. Chance of cure on 1st procedure: 50%. Chance of cure after 2nd procedure: 70%. Recovery time: short. Risk of major complications, ~4% including 1:250-500 of stroke. Pick your ep doc well. ...Read more

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What is an endometrial ablation?

What is an endometrial ablation?

Treatment for period: An endometrial ablation is a procedure to destroy the lining of the uterus to eliminate or minimize the amount of bleeding during menstrual cycles. There are five different techniques and most can be done in the office under local anesthesia. This does not effect your hormones or cause menopause. It is a great option and helps patients avoid major surgery. ...Read more

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What are risks of heart ablation?

Ask your doctor: Really and truly, if you're having this or any other procedure, then your doctor should and hopefully will explain the indications, benefits, risk and alternatives to you. However, ablation's risks are bleeding, infection, cardiac rupture, heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmias which can be benign, but could also lead to death. Bad outcomes are very uncommon however. ...Read more

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Is an endometrial ablation painful?

Is an endometrial ablation painful?

Varies: Most ablations are done with some form of anesthesia such as IV sedation, local injections, or even being put to sleep. I have found that most patients have some cramping after, but it is rarely considered severe. ...Read more

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Is a Endometrial Ablation dangerous?

An endometrial: ablation is now a routine procedure done frequently safely under moderate sedation or general anesthesia ...Read more

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Who can get an endometrial ablation?

Who can get an endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation: If your uterus is of a normal size, you don't have cancer, and you are not interested in future child-bearing you could be a candidate for an endometrial ablation. You should have your dr. Check for reasons of bleeding before the procedure and I suggest an ultrasound to measure the uterus before ablation therapy. ...Read more

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How is the WPW ablation procedure done?

How is the WPW ablation procedure done?

With a catheter: An electrical study of the heart is first performed using catheters passed from the veins in the legs, arms or neck. This study helps document the wpw. A special catheter is then used to "map" the location of the extra electrical connection that causes the wpw. That same catheter can be used to destroy the extra connection, either by burning or freezing the abnormal connection. ...Read more

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Can radio frequency ablation treat svt?

Can radio frequency ablation treat svt?

Yes.: Svt, (supraventricular tachycardia) is a short-circuit of the normal heart conduction pathways. Usually there is a small area that, if removed, would Prohibit the circuit from conducting and therefore block the svt. During ablation, a catheter is placed in this area of the heart, and the tip generates rf energy to scar the heart tissue in a small area, which prevents it from conducting electricity. ...Read more

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Is having an endometrial ablation safe?

Is having an endometrial ablation safe?

Yes: It's safe, effective, and very well tolerated. The safety profile is quite good. Typically it is safer than a hysterectomy - depending on the type/equipment used. ...Read more

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Recovery after an endometrial ablation?

Recovery after an endometrial ablation?

Should be quick: One of the advantages of the endometrial ablation is the quick recovery. This is a minimally invasive procedure; most patients are back to normal in about a week. There is some cramping that can be expected. If you are having bad cramps, pain or a foul discharge, these could be signs of an infection. Follow up with the surgeon who performed the procedure. They can and should tell you what to expect. ...Read more

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What is involved in endometrial ablation?

Destroys the lining: An endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus. It treats menorrhagia (heavy periods). There are several different types of ablations each involving various ways of destroying the uterine lining (i.e. Thermal heat, electrocautery, laser, etc). Ablations are done in the office, a day surgery unit, or an operating room depending on the type. ...Read more

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What exactly is an endometrial ablation?

What exactly is an endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation: An endometrial ablation is a procedure wherein the dr. Places an instrument inside the uterus in to the uterin cavity and then uses either sound waves or heat to "burn" the endometrial lining of the uterus which is normally about 10cm thick. This helps prevent future episodes of vaginal bleeding. ...Read more

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What happens after an endometrial ablation?

What happens after an endometrial ablation?

It varies: Depending on the type of ablation and the patient your period may normalize or cease completely. Satisfaction rate is about 80%. It is important to discuss your expectations with your surgeon. Sometimes and ablation can be a poor substitute for a hysterectomy. ...Read more

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What is involved with endometrial ablation?

What is involved with endometrial ablation?

Tissue destroyed: A device (cautery, freezing, heated balloon) is placed inside the uterine cavity and the endometrial tissue is destroyed. It can take from 90 seconds to several minutes depending on the technique. It is very effective at decreasing heavy periods. ...Read more