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Silver Nitrate Treatment-- Anyone? Silver Nitrate Treatment-- Anyone?

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Unread 07-21-2009, 07:06 PM
Silver Nitrate Treatment-- Anyone?

I will be 9 weeks post-op tomorrow. Saw my Dr today and, during a pelvic exam (to check the vaginal cuff) he said there was some "granulated tissue". He proceeded to burn that off with silver nitrate. When I asked him what "granulated tissue" is, he said it's "sort of like a scab". My question then, is: Why burn it off? Isn't a scab a sign of healing? Anyway, the sensation was very uncomfortable and he wants me back in 2 weeks to, again, check the healing in this cuff. This, for me, has been the only issue in my post-op healing. Anybody else have a similar experience? My Dr. has been great and I trust him completely. I think he just wants to make sure everything is in tip top shape before he discharges me.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 08:19 PM
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Hello, I had my hysterectomy in March and the other day I had some bleeding. I freaked because there is nothing in the to bleed from! I called my and he said it was probably granulated tissue and to make an apt and he would use silver nitrate to take care of it. So my apt is next week. He said it was not a big deal, but can cause some bleeding and cramping cause it can be pulled on during sex, or rapid movement and that is why they use the nitrate to take care of it. I trust my doctor completely also, but I wonder if the nitrate procedure will hurt? Did yours?
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Unread 07-21-2009, 08:19 PM
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I didn't have any granulation issues after my hysterectomy but please know that you aren't alone. There are many women around here who had granulation that required silver nitrate.

You might find the HysterSisters Post-Op Article, After Hysterectomy Vaginal Cuff Granulation – Silver Nitrate – Cauterization helpful in explaining what granulation is and the silver nitrate procedure.

I hope this does the trick and your next appointment goes well! Hang in there!



Deb
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Unread 07-22-2009, 04:01 AM
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Hello, I had my hysterectomy in March and the other day I had some bleeding. I freaked because there is nothing in the to bleed from! I called my and he said it was probably granulated tissue and to make an apt and he would use silver nitrate to take care of it. So my apt is next week. He said it was not a big deal, but can cause some bleeding and cramping cause it can be pulled on during sex, or rapid movement and that is why they use the nitrate to take care of it. I trust my doctor completely also, but I wonder if the nitrate procedure will hurt? Did yours?
The immediate application of the silver nitrate didn't "hurt", per se. But within a half hour or so, I had this burning, cramping sensation that lasted most of the day. I have been blessed to have sailed through this hyster. with little or no pain. I think this procedure made me more uncomfortable than I've been since week one! Don't get me wrong -- it wasn't THAT bad; just uncomfortable. I've had this nasty blackish discharge since. Hope that lets up today (it's now the next day, as I write this). Good luck and speedy healing!
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Unread 07-22-2009, 05:38 AM
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last wednesday i went to my doctor and had to have silver nitrate applied due to inflamation where a couple stitches was and for me it didn't hurt before during or after the only thing i got out of it was the gross discharge and today i go back to see how it worked and hopefully i'll be done till next year for my yearly exam.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 07:35 AM
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I had the silver nitrate treatment yesterday and I can honestly say I didn't feel a thing other than the usual discomfort from all the poking and prodding.
Apparently the sutures had caused an irritation which resulted in granulation or scabbing as it was explained to me.
I too am very happy with my doctor and his nurse practitioner who treated me yesterday.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 07:55 AM
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The week before my 6 wk check-up, I started having a little spotting, so the dr applied some silver nitrate at the check-up. It didn't hurt at all and I had maybe a little bit of mild pain later. He said to wait on sex a couple of days too. I waited a week just because I wanted to be SURE there would be no irritation. The spotting stopped and it's been several weeks since then and no spotting, so I think that's the end of it.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 08:02 AM
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I have had to have silver nitrate twice in my life. Once when my episiotomy split open after the birth of my son, and just now after my hyster as there was an inflamed stitch. It didn't hurt either time. This last time, he told me that there may be a discharge and there was a charcoal colored one the day he did it and then nothing.
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