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Old 08-13-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
 
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Anyone have an ablation performed? Why did you get it? Were you happy w/ the results? Were there any complications?
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I would like to know about this too. My periods are very heavy and I'm too old to have to deal with that.
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My sis had it done twice. It just delayed the inevitable.


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My sis had it done twice. It just delayed the inevitable.


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Why twice?

And what was the inevitable? Hysterectomy?

What was wrong w/ her that she needed to have the ablations and subsequent hysterectomy?
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My sister had it done. It helped, briefly. She recently had an hysterectomy after a couple of myomectomies and the ablation. She couldn't take it any more and is very happy to be done with periods.
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Why twice?

And what was the inevitable? Hysterectomy?

What was wrong w/ her that she needed to have the ablations and subsequent hysterectomy?
She had several fibroid tumors. She suffered from severe pain and heavy bleeding. She wanted to try and have a baby, but after having two ablations and having the tumors grow back with no impregnation, she decided to have a total hysterectomy (removal of uterus and cervix)


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journo & juanab - Did your sisters have fibroids? What was the reason for their ablations?

(I've never had any fibroids and or pain beyond regular monthly cramps. My period just very recently and very suddenly bc very heavy and almost nonstop.)

eta -- ooops, didn't see your post juanab. Thnx
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i am glad someone posted about this.

A friend has been suffering from horrible long and heavy periods. I was concerned and begged her to get it checked out. Instead so went to get this done a few weeks ago. i asked her if the doctor made sure nothing was causing her heavy periods. She said she went in for a consultaion and a week later had it done. i'm worried her heavy periods were just a symptom of something else and the doctor just covered it up.

I would like to know want procedure did you ladies go through to have it done. did it happen so quickly? did the doctor check to make sure it wasnt something causing your heavy bleeding?
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i am glad someone posted about this.

A friend has been suffering from horrible long and heavy periods. I was concerned and begged her to get it checked out. Instead so went to get this done a few weeks ago. i asked her if the doctor made sure nothing was causing her heavy periods. She said she went in for a consultaion and a week later had it done. i'm worried her heavy periods were just a symptom of something else and the doctor just covered it up.

I would like to know want procedure did you ladies go through to have it done. did it happen so quickly? did the doctor check to make sure it wasnt something causing your heavy bleeding?
I don't have any fibroids and my Paps have always come back fine.

My doctor thinks it's just my age and high stress messing w/ my hormones.

I just went to my gyn-ob last week and he suggested it as an option (BC or hormone treatments were other options).

He said I can have it done whenever I want.

I HATE having periods and I'm done w/ childbearing so it seems like a good solution. But if it's not a good solution, then someone plz let me know!
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i am glad someone posted about this.

A friend has been suffering from horrible long and heavy periods. I was concerned and begged her to get it checked out. Instead so went to get this done a few weeks ago. i asked her if the doctor made sure nothing was causing her heavy periods. She said she went in for a consultaion and a week later had it done. i'm worried her heavy periods were just a symptom of something else and the doctor just covered it up.

I would like to know want procedure did you ladies go through to have it done. did it happen so quickly? did the doctor check to make sure it wasnt something causing your heavy bleeding?
I don't have any fibroids and my Paps have always come back fine.

My doctor thinks it's just my age and high stress messing w/ my hormones.

I just went to my gyn-ob last week and he suggested it as an option (BC or hormone treatments were other options).

He said I can have it done whenever I want.

I HATE having periods and I'm done w/ childbearing so it seems like a good solution. But if it's not a good solution, then someone plz let me know!
So your doctor checked, and found no underlying causes for your heavy bleeding? my friend didnt go through any of that. just had it done. no hormone levels checked, no checks for fibriods. nothing.

btw, so far she likes it. she said it wasnt painful or anything. went back to work the next day. so far no period.
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i am glad someone posted about this.

A friend has been suffering from horrible long and heavy periods. I was concerned and begged her to get it checked out. Instead so went to get this done a few weeks ago. i asked her if the doctor made sure nothing was causing her heavy periods. She said she went in for a consultaion and a week later had it done. i'm worried her heavy periods were just a symptom of something else and the doctor just covered it up.

I would like to know want procedure did you ladies go through to have it done. did it happen so quickly? did the doctor check to make sure it wasnt something causing your heavy bleeding?
I don't have any fibroids and my Paps have always come back fine.

My doctor thinks it's just my age and high stress messing w/ my hormones.

I just went to my gyn-ob last week and he suggested it as an option (BC or hormone treatments were other options).

He said I can have it done whenever I want.

I HATE having periods and I'm done w/ childbearing so it seems like a good solution. But if it's not a good solution, then someone plz let me know!
So your doctor checked, and found no underlying causes for your heavy bleeding? my friend didnt go through any of that. just had it done. no hormone levels checked, no checks for fibriods. nothing.

btw, so far she likes it. she said it wasnt painful or anything. went back to work the next day. so far no period.
Yes, I had three manual tests (by two different doctors), bloodwork, a Pap and an ultrasound. And he found no cause for the heavy bleeding (which has been going on for just under two months).
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I know many women who've had this done for various reasons - cysts, heavy periods, etc.
Some ablations have been very successful (no periods at all, no cramps, no problems) and others not so successful (still having periods tho lighter, cramps).
And some women were surprised to find out they still had pms, mood swings, etc. I always assumed, since the ovaries are not affected in any way, that most women would still have hormone related issues.
I have very heavy long periods every 2 weeks and am a candidate for ablation, but it's not worth it to me. My periods are uncomfortable and a big nuisance but they aren't life threatening. And I don't feel like spending all that money on something that might not make a difference. Now if it would help hormonal migraines I would think about it since those really do affect my life in a big way.
Plus, hopefully I'll go into menopause one of these days. I've been waiting awhile! : )
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I know many women who've had this done for various reasons - cysts, heavy periods, etc.
Some ablations have been very successful (no periods at all, no cramps, no problems) and others not so successful (still having periods tho lighter, cramps).
And some women were surprised to find out they still had pms, mood swings, etc. I always assumed, since the ovaries are not affected in any way, that most women would still have hormone related issues.
I have very heavy long periods every 2 weeks and am a candidate for ablation, but it's not worth it to me. My periods are uncomfortable and a big nuisance but they aren't life threatening. And I don't feel like spending all that money on something that might not make a difference. Now if it would help hormonal migraines I would think about it since those really do affect my life in a big way.
Plus, hopefully I'll go into menopause one of these days. I've been waiting awhile! : )
Your insurance doesn't cover it?
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journo & juanab - Did your sisters have fibroids? What was the reason for their ablations?

(I've never had any fibroids and or pain beyond regular monthly cramps. My period just very recently and very suddenly bc very heavy and almost nonstop.)

eta -- ooops, didn't see your post juanab. Thnx
My sister had fibroids that kept coming back. This was a couple of years ago, but I think she had a myomectomy and then the ablation--I think they were done concurrently as part of her treatment plan.

As you probably already know, the uterine ablations aren't for anyone who still wants to have kids, which it doesn't sound like the case for you. My sister already had two kids and wasn't planning on having any more, so the uterine ablation was a good choice for her at the time.
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I know many women who've had this done for various reasons - cysts, heavy periods, etc.
Some ablations have been very successful (no periods at all, no cramps, no problems) and others not so successful (still having periods tho lighter, cramps).
And some women were surprised to find out they still had pms, mood swings, etc. I always assumed, since the ovaries are not affected in any way, that most women would still have hormone related issues.
I have very heavy long periods every 2 weeks and am a candidate for ablation, but it's not worth it to me. My periods are uncomfortable and a big nuisance but they aren't life threatening. And I don't feel like spending all that money on something that might not make a difference. Now if it would help hormonal migraines I would think about it since those really do affect my life in a big way.
Plus, hopefully I'll go into menopause one of these days. I've been waiting awhile! : )
Your insurance doesn't cover it?
I'm sure it does, but I have a $2600 deductible which I'm not willing to spend on something that isn't really necessary and might not work. My sister, on the other hand, has had it done twice with not great success but she says she feels better, so I'm not saying it's something others shouldn't do.
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My periods again became so horrible that I literally could not function away from home much of the time, so I was about to have a Novasure procedure done about 5 years ago (I'm now 56) - there are older types of ablation that are more invasive from what I've read. But then they started getting shorter and farther apart, though extremely unpredictable and horribly heavy when I had them. Still, it soon became clear I was finally going thru full-fledged menopause, and it became a moot point after about 4-5 months of that - that last horrible year or so was just my systems's last hurrah.

I had had really heavy, unpredictable periods most of my life with lots of clotting and tissue loss, but for about 15 years before this particular time, the Pill had kept me pretty regular. However, suddenly that was no longer working, and I had that extremely bad stretch.

They should've definitely checked your friend for fibroids and done an endometrial biopsy - I had many of those over the years because of my extreme hyperplasia (the abnormal build-up - and then the necessary shedding - of the endometrial lining).

My sister tried to have a Novasure procedure, but when they got in there, her uterus was a little too large for the device they use to work after her two pregnancies. I'm still not quite sure exactly what they did instead based on what she's told me about it - IDK whether it was the older roller-ball type, one of the other types, or something else altogether. Whatever they did, she was worse for a while before she got better. That was 3-4 years ago. Now, she still has periods (she's 48 ), still pretty heavy at times, but she did see an improvement eventually over how she originally was.
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I have not had uterine ablation done...I'm one of the lucky few who made it through the heavy bleeding to menopause. Phew. I count my lucky stars about that. I did have a few years of heavy bleeding, but not unmanageable. However, just about all my friends my age (50) and younger (40's) have had it done. I'd say the success rate seems to be about 75%, from what I've seen. Ablation seems to help most women, but there are some who still have hemorrhage-type bleeding and need to go on to have a hysterectomy.
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I have not had uterine ablation done...I'm one of the lucky few who made it through the heavy bleeding to menopause. Phew. I count my lucky stars about that. I did have a few years of heavy bleeding, but not unmanageable. However, just about all my friends my age (50) and younger (40's) have had it done. I'd say the success rate seems to be about 75%, from what I've seen. Ablation seems to help most women, but there are some who still have hemorrhage-type bleeding and need to go on to have a hysterectomy.
RCW, with your medical know how, why do you think so many women seem to need this procedure now? Is it mostly just to end the inconvenience of heavy periods? Do we have more cysts or other medical issues now? Or did we always need it but just didn't have any way to fix it?
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I have not had uterine ablation done...I'm one of the lucky few who made it through the heavy bleeding to menopause. Phew. I count my lucky stars about that. I did have a few years of heavy bleeding, but not unmanageable. However, just about all my friends my age (50) and younger (40's) have had it done. I'd say the success rate seems to be about 75%, from what I've seen. Ablation seems to help most women, but there are some who still have hemorrhage-type bleeding and need to go on to have a hysterectomy.
RCW, with your medical know how, why do you think so many women seem to need this procedure now? Is it mostly just to end the inconvenience of heavy periods? Do we have more cysts or other medical issues now? Or did we always need it but just didn't have any way to fix it?


I think women have always had this heavy bleeding problem in the last decade of their fertility. I know my mother suffered with it and both my grandmothers before that. At one time, hysterectomy was the most common operation in America. Women fought back from that a bit, so the gyn industry looked into alternatives...hormone treatments, and they developed this ablation treatment to destroy the endometrium, first with hot water and then an electritrified mesh thing (Novasure).

There are some true medical reasons for this late-in-life heavy bleeding...crazy fluctuating menopausal hormones, uterine fibroids, etc. But, mostly, it's just kinda ideopathic (unknown origin). I wonder if it's because, evolution-wise, women are supposed to still be bearing children and breastfeeding well into their 40's, and would therefore be bleeding less, but most modern women aren't interested in doing that anymore.
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i had it done when i was 38 and hadn't had children.

it was the last resort for me after 5 years of increasingly long and heavy periods; they were lasting 3 weeks and showing up a week to 10 days apart.

i had mine done the old-fashioned way, no balloon procedure, more like a very deep D&C. and i ended up with serious complications and being home for 6 weeks afterward.

but i never had another period after that and it was so worth it to me - complications and all.

i did have a problem with clotting at the top of my uterus a few years ago and they went in to evacuate that, but that was a cinch after the first one.
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