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Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
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Uterine Ablation (Overview)

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 fibroids (pain, urinary frequency).


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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 (Overview)

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 fibroids (pain, urinary frequency).


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What is a uterine ablation for?

What is a uterine ablation for?

Heavy periods: An ablation is a treatment for heavy, painful periods. It is an excellent minimally invasive, non-hormonal option for someone who is done with childbearing. About 95% of patients have either no period or light/normal periods after an ablation and it can often be done in your doctor's office.

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How effective is uterine ablation?

Very effective: Endometrial or uterine ablation is up to 90% effective in treating abnormal bleeding depending on the method used. Hta and novasure are the two most effective and common methods. Novasure is slightly quicker and can be scheduled almost any time in your cycle. Hta or genysis hydrothermablation can be performed on differently shaped uteruses with greater safety and with less discomfort.

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How can I address a uterine ablation?

How can I address a uterine ablation?

Discuss w/ your gyne: This is a procedure done through the services of a gynecologist. If you need information or want to discuss it to gain a good understanding, please discuss with your gynecologist.

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Anyone know what is a uterine ablation?

Anyone know what is a uterine ablation?

Where a device: Is placed in the endometrial cavity and the endometrium is destroyed there are 4-5 different ways, I do the thermachoice ablation in office and it works well, please discuss with your gyn to see if you are a candidate or not, u need a proper workup fist and it is usually easier and cheaper for you to do in office if your doc has the equipment and expertise to do in office or it is done as an outpt.

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Is the uterine ablation a risky thing to do?

Nope: In good hands, no. Endometrial ablations are done in the or or office, with different types of systems, and your doc will review how the procedure works and what you can expect during and after. Like any procedure, make sure you understand your options, make sure your doc is qualified, and most important - you have to be comfortable with all of it. Good luck.

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Could it hurt to have the uterine ablation done?

Could it hurt to have the uterine ablation done?

Yes: Usually the night of the procedure is pretty crampy, but withing 48 hours or so things calm down. Longterm pain from ablation is rare, but can happen. Some people have pain for other reasons and it doen't respond to ablation. Endometriosis and adenomyosis are at the top of the list.

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What is the definition or description of: uterine ablation?

Destroying lining: 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 fibroids (pain, urinary frequency).

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Will I get any medicine for pain when I go for the uterine ablation?

Will I get any medicine for pain when I go for the uterine ablation?

Yes.: Endometrial ablations even when done in the or with a general anesthesia, can hurt. Best to be prepared and even with a good cervical block (local injection), have Codeine or vicodin or percocets available for when your anesthesia wears off. On the flip side, I've had patients need almost nothing. Good luck.

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My fiance is planning a uterine ablation, what would be the 2 best procedure?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD: I assume the endometrial ablation is due to monthly heavy periods. If you want to avoid this procedure, an easy alternative is to obtain a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud (intrauterine device). This has been around as an effective form of contraception, but in 2009, the fda approved its use for heavy bleeding control. It is easily placed and removed in the office without any anesthesia. Discuss with your gyne.

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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.

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Has anyone ever had a uterine ablation surgery?

Yes: Uterine or endometrial ablation is a commonly performed procedure. It has helped thousands of women with abnormal bleeding, especially heavy menstrual flow.

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Which is better a partial hystorectomy or uterine ablation?

Which is better a partial hystorectomy or uterine ablation?

Individual issue: It is different for for each woman, very generally if you are a candidate for ablation, it is quicker, easier and less risky and wear and tear on the body. It improves your periods about 90% of the time.

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Do I really need a paracervical block with a uterine ablation? I can't really afford it at this time.

Do I really need a paracervical block with a uterine ablation? I can't really afford it at this time.

In office?: If you're doing an endometrial ablation in the office setting then it is highly advised to have a paracervical block. This anesthesia should not cost much more. The high cost of the procedure is the ablation itself. If this is going through your insurance the anesthesia cost would be bundled into the overall payment anyway.

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I had a uterine ablation over 2 yrs ago and stopped menstruating / bleeding; is this common?

Yes: A uterine ablation is indicated for women suffering from heavy vaginal bleeding. Results can range from "normal" flow to no flow at all. It is possible and - for some women preferable - to stop having menstrual bleeding all together after an ablation. Results depend on the patient and her beginning level of bleeding and on the particular procedure performed.

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I had an uterine ablation done almost a year ago n I have been experiencing a cycle tht lasted about 3wks now experiencing spotting....is that normal?

First time?: Is this the first time you have had bleeding problems since the ablation or have you been doing this sort of thing for awhile? Clearly this is not normal and you need to get back to your gynecologist for followup and to discuss your next option. Hope this helps.

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Had d &c and uterine ablation and still I am spotting all the time. Is this normal? Had recent pap and check two months ago and they were all Normal

Not normal: A Uterine ablation is usually done for heavy menstrual bleeding. Not all women are without periods after the ablation. Over half still have periods. Usually, they are lighter and more manageable. Spotting "all the time, " however, isn't normal. Best wishes!

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Can you get ovarian cysts after you have a uterine ablation?

Yes: Ablation can help with abnormal bleeding but doesn't help with ovarian issues like cysts.

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I had a partial overiectemy, tubal ligation, and uterine ablation. I am 26? Is pegnancy possible?

I had a partial overiectemy, tubal ligation, and uterine ablation. I am 26? Is pegnancy possible?

Unlikely: Based on the procedures you've described, pregnancy would be very unlikely. I'm assuming that the tubal ligation was on both sides.

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Does uterine ablation stop working after many years or should I seek help for drastic change in menstrual flow?

Does uterine ablation stop working after many years or should I seek help for drastic change in menstrual flow?

It can: Research shows that an endometrial ablation can "wear off". The chance of this is increased if a woman was younger at the time it was done (below 40), has had many pregnancies, had a lot of cramping pain with her bleeding or has had a tubal ligation. Women with those factors have a higher chance of needing hysterectomy after an ablation. See a gynecologist to discuss what's going on.

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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