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Can you tell me about any symptoms after an endometrial ablation?

Can you tell me about any symptoms after an endometrial ablation?

Yes: You may or may not have periods after an ablation, although usually they are lighter. You will still have other symptoms that you had prior with your periods- breast tenderness, moodiness, some cramping.

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Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
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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.

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How complete is an endometrial ablation? Do you still have some residual symptoms afterward?

Varies: The amount of tissue destroyed varies with different ablation procedures. With most there is usually a very small amount of tissue that remains, which explains why not everyone stops bleeding altogether.

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Why would my burning vulval and back passage symptoms not be related to endometrial ablation, when I didn't have this problem previous to op?

Why would my burning vulval and back passage symptoms not be related to endometrial ablation, when I didn't have this problem previous to op?

Not related: The novasure device has a fail-safe mechanism to prevent over cauterization. Burning externally is usually not related to an ablation. I would make an appointment and be evaluated to see if you have an infection or a tear.

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PCOS, Endometriosis, Heavy Cycles, 33yo, tubal ligation 3 yrs ago. Would an endometrial ablation lessen my symptoms/cancer risks?

PCOS, Endometriosis, Heavy Cycles, 33yo, tubal ligation 3 yrs ago. Would an endometrial ablation lessen my symptoms/cancer risks?

Maybe not: Endometrial cancer can be obscured by endometrial ablations if it is not ruled out prior to the procedure by biopsy. Many women continue to have bleeding post endometrial ablation procedures, and the most likely conclusive treatment is hysterectomy if you no longer desire children.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Can you tell me about endometrial ablation?

Yes: An instrument is inserted vaginally into the uterus and burns the lining of the uterus that bleeds each month. The goal is to restore normal periods and many women do not have periods after the procedure. There are various types- Novasure, Thermachoice to name a few.

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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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Does endometrial ablation cause a strong odor?

Should not: It shouldn't, unless accompanied by infection. If you suspect infection becauseto odor, discharge, etc, you should ask your doctor asap.

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