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Doctor insights on: Endometrial Ablation Side Effects

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What are post endometrial ablation syndrome symptoms?

What are post endometrial ablation syndrome symptoms?

Cyclic pelvic pain: This is a pretty rare condition more common after novasure vs other endometrial ablation technicologies. Monthly pelvic pain around the time of the menstrual cycle is the most common symptom of this rare condition.

Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
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Uterine Ablation (Definition)

Uterrine ablation is a procedure used to destroy the thin lining of the uterus that bleeds each month. It is often destroyed with heat but can be done with freezing (cryoablation). Must be family complete. When performed for fibroid bleeding doesn't address the problem (fibroid) directly, may not work at all, and doesn't address the bulk symptoms often seen with ...Read more


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If I undergo endometrial ablation, will I stop menstruating? What are some possible negative side effects of this operation?

If I undergo endometrial ablation, will I stop menstruating? What are some possible negative side effects of this operation?

Maybe not: There is a percentage of patients who undergo this procedure that continue to bleed, although somewhat less than before. Additional side effects besides failure of the procedure are, uterine perforation and bladder injury.

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Is a Endometrial Ablation dangerous?

Is a Endometrial Ablation dangerous?

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

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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.

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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.

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What can I expect after endometrial ablation?  

What can I expect after endometrial ablation?  

Cramping & discharge: In the first few hours it is normal to have cramping. Over the next few days to weeks you may notice discharge as the destroyed endometrium passes. Over the next few months you should notice a gradual lightening of your cycle. Some patients do not show maximum benefit in the first few cycles so give it time. I hope you have a great result from this minimally invasive option for heavy periods.

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How much pain is there during endometrial ablation?

How much pain is there during endometrial ablation?

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.

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What is the definition or description of: endometrial ablation?

What is the definition or description of: endometrial ablation?

Damage lining: Endometrial ablation refers to procedures that use energy to damage or destroy the lining of the uterus that normally build up in preparation of pregnancy. If no pregnancy happens, the lining is shed as a period. There are several different types of ablation-thermal heat, radio frequency, and freezing. All of them are good options but some might be better in certain situations. Talk to your doc.

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Just had my navosure endometrial ablation done what to expect now?

Just had my navosure endometrial ablation done what to expect now?

Please call your doc: Your doc should have told u what to expect afterwards and any warning signs of problems to be aware of and u the doc should have scheduled u for a follow up, I do thermachoice ablation and always see my pts one week laterand check an ultrasound but everyone does different followup.

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I'm 19 and considering an endometrial ablation. What are the possible benefits and risks?

Too young.: Endometrial ablation (destroying the uterine lining to reduce menstrual bleeding) is great if you are 45 and done having children but isn't for people under 35 (generally). Ablation should never be done if further childbearing (pregnancy) is planned because serious complications for mom and baby can result. Ablation does not provide pregnancy prevention, it isn't sterilization.

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Which is better endometrial ablation vs hysterectomy?

Which is better endometrial ablation vs hysterectomy?

Depends on problem: If the main problem is heavy bleeding then an endometrial ablation is a safer minimally invasive first start. It is a simple procedure which can be done in the office under local anesthesia with minimal to no time off for recovery. If there are other problems then hysterectomy may be a better options. Discuss both and ask questions at your next visit.

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Can there be severe scarring with an endometrial ablation?

That is the goal: Severe scarring is difficult to quantify because that is essentially the goal of endometrial ablation. That is the gynecologist is attempting to create a scar of the endometrial lining to "ablate" or eradicate the surface by a controlled thermal injury typically inflicted with radiofrequency with a goal of ending menstruation (menorrhagia or dysmenorrhea).

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Is it normal to observe bleeding following an endometrial ablation one year ago?

No: Ablation is a safe and effective procedure and a good option for many women with excessive bleeding. A common "risk" is failure to work effectively.

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Is it normal to have discharge and pass tissue 8 weeks after endometrial ablation?

Is it normal to have discharge and pass tissue 8 weeks after endometrial ablation?

This is not uncommon: The tissue you described is the residual tissue burned during the ablation. I've heard it described by novasure patients like that. It's also not uncommon to have some bleeding after an endometrial ablation. Sometimes regular periods may return after several weeks to years. It is more common to have light bleeding. You should discuss this with your doctor at a future visit. It is not urgent.

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Endometrial ablation a month ago. Bleeding after non penetration stimulation, why?

Bleed after ablation: An endometrial ablation is done to reduce your menses to a normal flow. About 40% of women have no menses after the procedure, depending on the type of ablation. That being said, it is typical to spot, stain or discharge for up to 6 weeks. Finally you should wait to see how you are doing at 3 months, before considering the procedure a failure. Hope this helps!

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I had an endometrial ablation in June and I am still bloated and have gained 10 lbs. Is this normal.

Not likely: It is not likely, but you need to ask the MD who did the ablation procedure if there can be a cause for the bloating and weight gain.

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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