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Unread 02-23-2012, 02:44 PM
Elective? Vent

Received a letter from my Dr office today concerning preparation for my "elective" hysterectomy. I have been bleeding non stop for 4 months despite birth control pills, progesterone, and Lysteda. I am in constant pain and require 3 500 milligram doses of Napraxon just to be able to get out of bed. Since no fibroids or polyps were found in the internal ultrasound, adenomyosis is what the Dr thinks is wrong. My uterus is swollen and "boggy". They cannot get the bleeding to stop and dont feel that ablation will help. I am 40 years old. Help me understand why this is "elective'? What other choices do I have? I am not ready to submit to an ablation when they tell me the problem is deep in the muscle and ablation would be only a temporary fix. This not a surgery just so I dont have to deal with a little inconvenience once a month! As with every other woman whose post I have read..this is a needed procedure to be able to have a better quality of life..not a vacation! ARRG Thanks for letting me vent.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 02:59 PM
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Well said!!
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Originally Posted by kp1123 View Post
why this is "elective'? What other choices do I have? I am not ready to submit to an ablation when they tell me the problem is deep in the muscle and ablation would be only a temporary fix. This not a surgery just so I dont have to deal with a little inconvenience once a month! As with every other woman whose post I have read..this is a needed procedure to be able to have a better quality of life..not a vacation! ARRG Thanks for letting me vent.
Not being in the medical profession at all, I think the word elective is used for all surgeries that are not emergent even though there may not really be a "choice".

We are here for you sister. I wish you success.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 03:05 PM
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Well said!!

Not being in the medical profession at all, I think the word elective is used for all surgeries that are not emergent even though there may not really be a "choice".

We are here for you sister. I wish you success.
Littlebutterfly is right. The only surgeries that will not be listed as "elective" on medical paper work are those that are emergencies, requiring immediate attentions (ex. apendicitis). I had 3 c-section that were all necessary. The first one I didn't make my surgery date and went into labor so it was deemed emergency surgery. The other 2 I did make my scheduled surgery date and didn't go into labor, so they were listed as "elective" c-sections because they were not emergencies.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 08:11 PM
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Hi
I had two ablations; 8/10 & 8/11 and I can tell you that while they've helped with the bleeding, they have done nothing for the horrible pain that I
experience. As a matter of fact, I think that the volume of blood is slowly increasing again and the pain has gotten much worse
If your Dr suspects adenomyosis, I really don't think an ablation will help...it didn't help me!
Hope that all goes well for you...I'm scheduled for 3/1 and although I'm a nervous wreck and change my mind about 40x a day, I know that this is the only way to get relief.
Wishing you all the best!
~Laura
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Unread 02-23-2012, 08:49 PM
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Thank you Laura. .. Same to you! I'll be 12 days behind you!
Sending prayers for speedy recovery
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Unread 02-23-2012, 11:20 PM
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Kp, I am 12 weeks post op and as my surgeon promised I feel like a new woman! I had a 308 gram uterus and andenomyosis among other things. What a relief not to have that heavy feeling any more though I never bled as bad as you. Best wishes on your upcoming visit to the castle!
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Unread 02-24-2012, 07:29 AM
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Thank you for the encouragement ! Glad you are feeling better!
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Unread 02-24-2012, 07:38 AM
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KP I saw that elective on my forms as well .. but I let it go as long as my insurance company keeps paying those bills. My doctor offered the ablation to me as well and then told me in 6 months I might be in the same situation. YEA I pushed him to agree to the hysterectomy.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 08:39 AM
Elective? Vent

i was also offered the ablation, but from what i understand it's only 85% effective and even then from every story i have ever read the women wind up having a hysterectomy anyways, i just don't think it's a permanent solution, for me i wanted to go ahead and have the hysterecomy and try to get all of this behind me s i can start living again. i have not heard from my insurance company but i still have a month to go before surgery so im hoping they dont deny it, i would be so heartbroken!
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Unread 02-24-2012, 09:28 AM
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I had a D&C and balloon ablation in 2008 and it did help my bleeding and possibly a couple of my fibroids, but I still have a fibroid that has now grown to 5 cm. My current gyn (not the one who did my ablation) says that the ablation would not have affected this fibroid because it is in the wall of the uterus and now actually bulging out.

Another funny thing was that 90% of women do not continue to have periods after ablation. My period continued to be right on time!

If I had known then what I know now, I would have had the doctor to go ahead and take out my uterus then. So for those who are considering ablation, make sure to ask your doctor lots of questions and get all the information you can.
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