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Created On: 07/05/2008 12:38 AM

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 01/10/2009 11:04 PM

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toby459

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Hi Ladybugs, I'm glad to hear your procedure went well. It is normal to be tender. I'm surprised your bleeding stopped already. You are going to love your results! Take care and celebrate your much improved monthly cycles! Kim
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 01/10/2009 08:17 PM

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well the surgery went well i only had very lil bleeding. by the time i left the clinic the bleeding had stopped. im still lil tender but other than that im doing well.
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 01/04/2009 12:22 AM

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Hi Ladybugs, I think you are going to be a satisfied customer with the HTA....it is a very safe and effective procedure if performed correctly. That was smart of your Dr. to switch to the HTA because of your enlarged uterus. Let me know how you do. You should have noticeable results next month. Kim, RN, GYN Team Leader
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 01/03/2009 09:16 PM

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I AM GOING TO BE HAVING THE HTA DONE ON ME THIS COMING WED. I BEEN HAVING ALOT OF PROBLEMS WITH MY PERIODS LIKE MOST OTHER WOMEN THAT DOES NOT LIKE TALKING ABOUT IT BUT IM THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT I KNOW WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BODY AND I WILL TALK TO THE DR ABOUT IT. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ANY TYPE OF ABLATION UNTIL 2 MONTHS AGO WHEN I WAS TALKING TO MY OB/GYN CAUSE EVERY THING HE HAS TRIED HAS NOT WORKED FOR ME SO HE WAS GONNA DO NOVASURE THEN HE DONE AN ULTRA SOUND 2 WEEKS AGO AND SEEN MY UTERUS IS LIL ENLARGED SO NOW HE IS GOING TO BE DOING HTA ON ME. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THIS WILL FIX WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE PERIODS AND ALL. I HOPE THAT THIS PROCEDURE WILL ALSO HELP YOU AS WELL. I DONE ALOT OF RESEARCH ON THE MATTER AND EVEN TALKED TO ANOTHER DR AND EVERY WHERE I CHECKED SAID ITS SAFE AND EASY AND THE RECOVERY TIME IS ONLY ABOUT COUPLE OF DAYS.
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 07/06/2008 09:20 PM

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Hi Sabrina, I just happened to be online when you posted your first message, hence the quick reply! I do check my emails at least once per day though. And you are very welcome. I hope I helped clear up at least a few questions. I think you are going to be happy with your HTA result. Let me know when you are scheduled. Kim
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 07/05/2008 01:34 PM

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WOW! I had no idea you would respond so quickly! Thank you so much for your help! It's a relief to know that you have had a similar procedure and know first hand what I'm going through. I'm waiting to hear from my Dr. next week so that we can schedule my appointment. I live in Detroit. My current gyn works @ Sinai Grace Hospital. If a hysterectomy becomes necessary, I will be sure to ask for the laparoscopic procedure. If she says no, I will check with my other gyn @ Henry Ford Hospital. I will be sure and keep you posted on my progress. I also plan to tell a friend @ work about this site. She has fibroids and even worse symptoms than mine.....Thank you 1,000,000 times over!
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 07/05/2008 01:19 AM

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Hi Sabrina, I hope I can answer some of your questions. 1. All of the ablation procedures carry about the same risks, however the potential for these risks aren't high. I can honestly tell you I have not seen any of the stated risks in our O.R., however all of the gyn surgeons who perform ablations at our hospital use the Thermachoice Balloon Ablation. We have trialed the HTA for a few months, but the surgeon's preferred the Thermachoice over the HTA. They said their outcomes were excellent with the Thermachoice, and they didn't want to ruin a good thing. They also did not like the idea of having free flowing, uncontained hot water in the uterus. The Thermachoice contains the hot water inside the balloon. The HTA is better for women who have small fibroids. The HTA wasn't as "user friendly" as the Thermachoice. Perhaps your surgeon is more used to the HTA and prefers it over the Thermachoice. It's just a personal preference. 2. If performed correctly, all of the ablation procedures should either eliminate your monthly periods altogether, or produce a very light flow. I have had the Thermachoice performed 2 years ago, and I still do not have ANY monthly bleeding! I have "amenorrhea" (no periods), which is the best outcome of these procedures. 3. I have never seen a patient have a repeat procedure with any of the ablation types. I'm not even sure if repeats are done. If the procedure is performed correctly, you should have a good outcome. If your biopsies and ultrasound is normal, you should also have a good outcome. 4. I'm not sure where you read about heavy bleeding after the procedure for a few months. You should only have light bleeding for about 1-2 weeks after the procedure due to the sloughing off of the uterine lining. 5. With less bleeding comes less cramping, so your cramping, if any, should be little to nothing. You will still have PMS. If someone comes up with a pill to cure that, they will be rich! LOL...I have no bleeding, no cramping, but still have PMS. 6. I'm pretty sure that the protocol with HTA is the use of preop GnRH, and Thermachoice recommends a 3 minute currettage before inserting the balloon. Both of these protocols help shed the endometrial lining to get a better long term result. I hope I was able to help. Please ask your gyn doctor the same questions. Also, a hysterectomy CAN be used as a last resort because of your symptoms of heavy, painful, and irregular periods. Your diagnosis would be menometorrhagia. If it comes to that, I highly suggest either a total laparoscopic hysterectomy, a laparoscopic assisted hysterectomy, or a vaginal hysterectomy. Try to stay away from the abdominal approach if you can. Good luck with your HTA. Please let me know when you're scheduled. I'm interested in hearing your result. May I ask what state do you live in?.......Kim from Pa., RN, BSN, GYN Team Leader
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 07/05/2008 12:38 AM

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Hi Kim,You seem to be a real expert on gyn issues. I will be 40 in a week. My cycle has gone from 28 days to 14 days and some months I just never stop bleeding. I've been experiencing increasingly heavier and more painful periods for 2 yrs. I've seen 3 doctors who have all done biopsies and ultrasounds. Everything looks normal?!?! I was told last week that I have dysfunctional uterine bleeding and need HTA (My current OB-GYN does not offer any other ablation procedure.) I have read a lot of info on the procedure and its potential risks & side effects and now have questions. I hope you can answer some of them for me.1- Is HTA the safest, most effective form of ablation?2- Which form has the fewest adverse effects and is more likely to eliminate my period altogether?3- What percentage of patients need a 2nd procedure afterwards and within what average amount of time following the 1st?4- I read that I "may experience heavy bleeding for a few months following the procedure". How likely is this to occur? Why does this happen if the purpose of HTA is to stop heavy bleeding?5- Will I still experience PMS (I didn't start having PMS symptoms until age 28.) and cramping after HTA? If cramps are not gone should they at least be more tolerable? I currently need 1200mg of Motrin to get relief.6- Is medical therapy with GnRH agonists or curretage prior to HTA necessary? I've found some web info that says it is and other info that doesn't even mention either of them. Will either of these increase my chances of long term positive results following HTA?I plan to ask my GYN the same questions when I see her again in a couple of weeks. She has already nixed my suggestion of a hysterectomy as "medically unnecessary". So, I really want an alternative with the greatest odds of success. Otherwise I'll keep looking for a GYN who will do a hysterectomy.Any help or advise will be greatly appreciated.Sabrina
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