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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Thermal Ablation (Overview)

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.


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How long the recovery time is for thermal ablation?

How long the recovery time is for thermal ablation?

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

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Thermal Ablation (Overview)

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.


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What is the definition or description of: thermal ablation?

What is the definition or description of: thermal ablation?

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

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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?

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 more

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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.

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.

Probably it was: Done medium well and not well done. (bad joke!). Seriously speaking, there are no guarantees that menses won't recur with thermal abaltion. U may want to get a 2nd opinion if ur not pleased. Best wishes! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/women/endometrial-ablation-16200. ...Read more

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Any sexual side effects after thermal ablation?

Any sexual side effects after thermal ablation?

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

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Is there any form of thermal ablation that is a permanent pain stop for chronic back pain or will the nerves still grow back?

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 more

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In 09 i had a thermal ablation and a tubal ligation. My cycle never stopped can I have a child if I have a tube reversal?

In 09 i had a thermal ablation and a tubal ligation. My cycle never stopped can I have a child if I have a tube reversal?

Very difficult: When you undergo endometrial ablation, the procedure causes scarring in your uterus making it very difficult for an embryo to implant in your uterus. While tubal reversal and ivf are effective in helping you get pregnant after a tubal, it would be unlikely to work in your situation. ...Read more

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I have a mutation of the mthfr gene and have had a thermal ablation.I have had 4 pregnancies and lost them.Uterine lining is 3.74 can I carry a baby?

I have a mutation of the mthfr gene and have had a thermal ablation.I have had 4 pregnancies and lost them.Uterine lining is 3.74 can I carry a baby?

MTHFR Gene mutation: Here's some important information on the mthfr gene mutation... http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2013/10/whats-big-deal-about-methylation-update.html. ...Read more

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I just had essure & thermal ablation done. I got spotting in first 24 hours and now I am bleeding mid to heavy after 24 hrs . I am diabetic. Normal?

I just had essure & thermal ablation done. I got spotting in first 24 hours and now I am bleeding mid to heavy after 24 hrs . I am diabetic. Normal?

Maybe: It's normal to "bleed" a watery discharge after having an ablation done but this usually isn't true fresh blood and usually not mid to heavy. It would be best to call the answering service for the doctor who performed the procedure. They would be able to assess better the possibility of a complication that requires attention this weekend. ...Read more

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I have had thermal ablation and also have mthfr, is it possible for me to carry a pregnancy to term?

I have had thermal ablation and also have mthfr, is it possible for me  to carry a pregnancy to term?

Unsure: The mthfr should not really matter. Unless you homocysteine is elevated mthfr does not affect anything at all. It is very difficult to become pregnant after a thermal ablation and requires a fertility specialist to investigate and test the uterus to see if pregnancy is possible. ...Read more

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I have had balloon thermal endometrail ablation done 5 yrs ago. Can my uterine walls grow back?

I have had balloon thermal endometrail ablation done 5 yrs ago. Can my uterine walls grow back?

If you bleed, yes.: Sometimes the gland grow deeply into the muscle and are not completely destroyed. In that situation bleeding can resume later. Remember, ablation was developed to be a quick alternative to hysterectomy, and no guarantees can be made as to cessation of bleeding. If it works be happy. If not, there is probably something like adenomyosis which causes failure and can't be treated with ablation. ...Read more

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Which procedure would be best for a endometrail ablation thermal or novasure?

Which procedure would be best for a endometrail ablation thermal or novasure?

Either one: There really is no good answer to that question. The procedures are equally effective for most women. If your uterus is larger then 8-9 cm, your physician may choose thermal ablation which may be better for larger uterine cavities. If your procedure is done in the office, my experience has been that novasure is somewhat better tolerated and certainly quicker for the patient. ...Read more

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If you would have thermal choice uterine ablation and it does not do what it is meant to do, can I have a another uterine ablation?

Yes you can: There are several methods of performing an ablation. The safest and most effective method of repeating an ablation is with the "hot water" or hydrothermablation (hta). Look for a doctor who does this kind of ablation in your area. ...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

Dr. Tim Conrad
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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