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Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy (2009) Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy (2009)

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Unread 08-12-2009, 08:16 AM
Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy (2009)

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday at work I get the great cancer but was given the choice between ablation or hysterectomy. Told think about it for a couple of days and then see the Doc next week and talk about it further.

Have been reading the wonderful postings on this forum and they have been very helpful.

Am in peri-menopause, lots of "junk" in the uterus and fibroids outside the uterus. Had some bleeding last month but nothing in the past 2 years.

Am leaning towards the ablation to get rid of the junk and am thinking the fibroids should shrink although I never knew there were any fibroids ever.....go figure.

Appears that from what I have been reading ablation leads to hysterectomy more often than not????
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Unread 08-12-2009, 11:47 AM
Re: Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy

I had an ablation in 2002--solved all my irregular bleeding problems, removed multiple fibroids. The ablation was a "nothing" for me, and I hear the procedure can now be done in the doctor's office instead of surgery center. I had no side effects, was up and moving around a couple hours later, wouldn't have known I had just had surgery, no pain, no discomfort, no anything. The effects lasted for 5 years.

Had a 2nd ablation in 2007, not as successful, my fibroids are in different locations, much larger. Again though, no problems, even less discomfort, hard to believe I had anything done.

Now my uterus is 3 times the size of normal, so am considering a hysterectomy. But if I were you, I'd start with ablation, and see what happens. That surgery was great for me.
Unread 08-12-2009, 07:22 PM
Re: Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy

I had the ablation in April and it was so painful I'd not do it again. I was not myself for 4 weeks. My uterus is large. Feels like I'm 3-4 months pregnant.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 07:26 PM
Re: Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy

I know it's different for everyone, but thanks for the replies. Part of the reason I am here is to get informed and make smart decisions about my care.
Unread 08-13-2009, 08:11 AM
Re: Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy

And now 4 months later I'm looking at a hysterectomy.
Unread 08-14-2009, 03:01 PM
Re: Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy


I had an ablation a few years ago. It worked like a charm and was a piece of cake. It took about 30 min. I went home. I experienced some cramping a few hours later, like a bad menstrual cramp, took prescription ibuprofen, fell asleep. When I woke up I was fine -- nothing more after that than about a week's worth of drainage.

I had a hysterectomy and pelvic floor repairs a month ago, but they were not related to the ablation.

I know it doesn't work as well for everyone, but tf your doctor thinks it may work for you, it might be worth a try. It was, in my experience, not difficult at all.
Unread 08-14-2009, 03:21 PM
Re: Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy

Glad to hear No Cancer!

I guess Im not sure why you would have an Ablation. I thought it was usually to treat heavy periods.
I also thought it wasnt usually a treatment for fibroids. I could be wrong.
So your Dr wants to do this to remove 'junk'?
Would a D & C remove this Junk? ( I dont know- Im just asking)

That being said. I had an ablation 4 years ago for extremely heavy periods. It was successful in my eyes. My Dr said it was not successful...(As I still had 7-10 day periods - But I could now leave my house.)

I needed my hysterectomy because my Periods became uncontrollable this year.
I do feel the Ablation bought me 4 years.
I would only consider a hysterectomy as a last resort...Which it was for me.

Good Luck
Unread 08-15-2009, 12:43 AM
Re: Given a choice ablation or hysterectomy

As this is a hysterectomy website, the picture here regarding ablations can be skewed! You can learn more about ablations by checking out the Endometrial Ablation Discussion Group.

We do have a lot of information regarding fibroids and the various treatment options for them (including the ablation) in our Fibroid Resources.

If you have not had a second opinion yet, I would suggest scheduling one before you make your final decision.

In the end, weigh all the pros and cons for you to determine what is best for you!


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