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Novasure Thermal Ablation
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. ...Read more
Can thermal ablation be repeated? I don't think it was done well 10 years ago, symptoms have returned. Hysterectomy recommended, but i'd rather not.
Usually 1-2 days: Most ablations require very little recovery & you should be back to normal after 1-2 days. You need to be at pelvic rest (nothing in the vagina) for 2-4 weeks, but otherwise downtime is minimal. If done under general anesthesia, 1-2 days is usually needed to recover from the anesthetic. Rarely pts may experience severe pain & need up to 2 weeks off to recover. Take the pain meds prescribed! ...Read more
Destruction by heat.: This is used by different specialists to destroy excess tissue growth such as in benign prostate hypertrophy done by urologists as an office procedure or to destroy tumors in internal organs that can be precisely hit by the catetherization of their blood supply in that case by interventional radiologists. ...Read more
I had a thermal ablation in 2011, but want a child now. I know the risks and still want to proceed. Are there any procedures that can help?
Risky: Pregnancy after endometrial ablation is unlikely and when it occurs is at high risk for serious complications such as abnormal placental attachment, hemorrhage, preterm delivery, and bleeding leading to need for hysterectomy. Pregnancies after ablation have a 49 percent termination rate in addition to the above complications. If you are willing to take these risks, discuss your plans with a good OB GYN willing to closely follow you and manage complications to the degree possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should not be: I assume you are referring to an endometrial ablation -- a treatment for heavy menstrual periods. There should not be any sexual side effects. Ablations do not affect the ovaries or your hormone levels. It simply destroys the internal lining of the uterus called the endometrium. ...Read more
I had a thermal ablation done in october and now I am having really bad pain and some red blood. Is this normal?
Time for evaluation: Please go see doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is there any form of thermal ablation that is a permanent pain stop for chronic back pain or will the nerves still grow back?
Nothing Permanent: Usually RFA lasts at least 12-18 months on average. Some people can get less relief if nerves re-grow sooner. In my patient base most people will come back for repeat treatments at around 12-15 months. Some of my patients have had multiple years of relief. Sometimes after the 2nd or 3rd treatment the nerves grow back slower. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had thermal ablation 3 weeks ago and now I am starting my cycle. I had it done to help with the cramps and flow/clots. Normal?
Maybe: It takes a few months to know for sure how well the procedure worked, so don't panic yet. ...Read more
This is used by different specialists to destroy excess tissue growth such as in benign prostate hypertrophy done by urologists as an office procedure or to destroy tumors in internal organs that can be precisely hit by the catetherization of their blood supply in that ...Read more
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