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Recovery after an endometrial ablation?

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. ...Read more

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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Had endometrial ablation several years ago. Periods became much lighter, but a few times a year it's heavy. How could this be If lining was frozen off.

Had endometrial ablation several years ago. Periods became much lighter, but a few times a year it's heavy. How could this be If lining was frozen off.

Tissue left: There are several ways of a ablating the endometrial lining but there is no way of 100% eliminating all endometrial tissue. Most people are heavy with the reduction in bleeding. However they can experience recurrent bleeding. If it's still heavy see your Gyn for alternative options. I usually offer multiple options that are suitable to my patients preferences to control the bleeding. Best wishes ...Read more

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What is an endometrial ablation?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are complications of endometrial ablation?

Low risk: 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 and rare risks are injury to other organs. ...Read more

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What can I expect from an endometrial ablation?

No bleeding: Endometrial ablation destroys the inner lining of the uterus that grows during each menstrual cycle and is being shed during the menstrual period. Ideally, after an ablation there is no bleeding at all. Many times, the bleeding is signficantly decreased, but not totally gone. Menstrual cramps may not get better, but get worse. 20 % of women end up with a hysterectomy down no road anyway. ...Read more

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Why would you have an endometrial ablation done?

Very heavy bleeding: Endometrial ablation is used to treat very heavy menstrual bleeding when medical or non-surgical treatments fail or are not advised for other reasons. Ablation is not appropriate for someone who would like to have more children. ...Read more

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Can an endometrial ablation wear off after 5 years?

Can an endometrial ablation wear off after 5 years?

Yes: If there is any endometrial tissue that remains after an ablation, this tissue can regenerate and over a period of time create bleeding. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Who is a good candidate for an endometrial ablation?

Who is a good candidate for an endometrial ablation?

Ablation: Anyone with heavy or painful periods who does not want the possibility of future children is a good candidate. It's important to understand you could still get pregnant, but it would be extremely dangerous for yourself and the baby to do so after ablation. ...Read more

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How is post endometrial ablation syndrome diagnosed?

History and sonogram: Post tubal endometrial ablation syndrome is when there are loculated areas inside the uterus still menstruating but nowhere for the blood to go. It causes monthly pain and on tv sonogrom should show blood trapped withing the uterus. If your tubes aren't tied it could stil happen but is less lilkely. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do you decide what kind of endometrial ablation to have?

In office: While there are many different techniques for endometrial ablation, (heat, cold, fluid, balloon, resection, etc.) they all have been shown to be effective in improving heav menses. Assuming that you are a candidate and are not interested in future fertility, consider discussing with your gyn about having the ablation in an office environment - numerous benefits.- cost, no iv, faster recovery... ...Read more

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When does someone need a robot-assisted endometrial ablation?

Unusual..: Endometrial ablations do not usually require any use of a robot. That would be a somewhat unusual situation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Endometrial Ablation (Definition)

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


Dr. Creighton Wright
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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