Uterine Fibroid Embolization

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Topic Title: Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Created On: 02/21/2005 10:57 AM

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 01/20/2007 05:31 PM

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llcoolkell

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I have several small firbroids throughout my uterus and my dr. reccmmended the Thermachoice procedure as the best option. I am terrified of any option. I read your message and its been sometime since the procedure. How are you doing now?
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 11/20/2006 09:34 AM

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toby459

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Hi Miss1965....I too work in the medical field & have had the endometrial ablation done 2yrs. ago...I now am period-free!!...I have NO montly bleeding at all, & no cramps...it's the best thing I had ever done...I had requested the medication Zofran before my procedure, to help with the post-op nausea & vomiting I had once before in the past when I had a general anethestic....this time I had IV sedation and Zofran, and I was fine....I had a Thermachoice endometrial ablation.....I'm just curious, may I ask you which type of ablation you had done?...and did you have IV sedation or a general anesthetic?......Kim, BSN, CNOR, gyn team leader.


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 11/19/2006 09:42 AM

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miss1965

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I just had Endometrial abalation surgery two days ago I am doing really good. The experience wasnot bad everybody made me feel comfortable and let me know what to expect next. I was able to gohome with in the hour from my surgery. The only downer was I was sick from the anesthesia for about twelve hours (next time I will have them give me something else). Little bit of pressure and cramping but nothing like having my normal period. I decided to have the surgery do to heavier periods with clots over several years. My doctor gave me medication to help with the heavy periods but it just prolonged my periods to 9 to 10 days per month and sometimes I would start again a couple days later and I was anemic. I work in the medical field and there are times when you are with a patient or a doctor that you can not excuse yourself when you know you are going to overflow and it is embarrassing. That is why I chose this procedure I am only 41 years old and my sister is having the same trouble as I do but worse and she is 45 years old so I knew that it was only going to get worse not better.
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 02/21/2006 11:32 PM

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toby459

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Dear Linda....You made the BEST decision of them all considering the nightmare you have gone through. I just saw your surgery is scheduled for 3/3....you will be pleasantly surprised at how little pain you have post op...You CAN go home the same night if someone drives you. As for the nervousness about the anesthesia nausea, please ask the anesthesia person to give you ZOFRAN. It's the best thing for postop nausea. You'll do fine. I'll be anxiously awaiting to read your first postoperative posting....Kim
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 02/21/2006 11:58 AM

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KoKoM

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Hi Sherrie, I am 41 yrs old going on 42 and never had the opportunity to have children and here is my story. I had a myomactomy 9 yrs ago and I was trying to get pregnant but was unsuccessful. I had a fibroid on a stalk outside of my uterus. The pain from the incision and recovery was the worst.I have always had heavy periods w/a lot of pain the first two days of my menstrual and they always lasted 5 to 7 days. I never bleed between my periods and never had any other problems. I saw a doctor at UOM (university of michigan)yesterday and I have decided to go with the supracervical hysterectomy. Just in case some of you don't know what that means, they are removing my uterus with the fibroids and I am keeping my ovaries & cervix. AFter he chops everything up, it will be removed vaginally. As you probably remember, he is doing it all with robotics lapiroscopy assisted. I realized this week knowing my period is coming on 3/4 (my surgery is 3/3) that I can't live with the pain, clottiness and 40 tampons a day (kidding of the 40 but you get the picture). I was afraid if I did do eblation, resection or UAE that the risks of having more surgery was possible and after lasts months menstrual I had had enough! The doctor will make four incisions...one in the belly, one on each side and one in my lower abdomen. He said after he is done he will use Band-Aid to cover the area...that is how small the incisions will be which I am happy about. Of course, as everyone else, I am nervous and anxious about surgery. I hate to say this but I am more nervous about the anesthesia than the pain. I have a high tolerance for pain but the dizziness and nausea...I hate it! The doctor said if everything goes well I could go home that day or if I need stay overnight. I actually hope I can go home that day because it is a 1 1/2 hr minimum drive back so I will be so groggy I wont remember. I would like to go home that day. I know now at my age it will be hard to get pregnant but all in all I just want my life back. I feel as though every month is such a night mare and I don't want to continue to be on a roller coaster if the less invasive procedures don't work. There is not a day that goes by that I think "am I making the right decision"? I am excited that I wont have any painful periods with the 40 tampons a day (being funny but you get the picture)...it is the surgery. Can you tell me how you felt after your procedure as far as pain? How long did it take you to recover? How soon can I work out? I know this sounds like a silly question but did you feel after your uterus was removed like something was missing? How do you feel now? Any symptoms? It is nice to talk to someone who has gone thru what I am about to do. Thank you so much for listening and I am glad everything worked out for you. Linda V.Michigan


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 08/21/2005 02:14 PM

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ljones3534

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Hello,I just found out I have multiple fibroids. My largest is the size of an orange. I was reading your article that you had the procedure UFE and I was wondering how you did having that done. I'm only 35 and I'm too young for a hysterectomey. If you could give me any info about the UFE because I'm thinking about doing that. Thank you for your time.Lisa Jonesljones3534@hotmail.com
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 02/28/2005 11:20 AM

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Blondi1336

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Dear Anon: As long as you are not having any negative symptoms, I would say that a hysterectomy is not the way to go at this time. I myself (39yrs w/ two children) had problems with low iron/anemia for three years & had several other bad symptoms that I decided that I did not want to go thru any longer- opted for a partial hysterectomy. I do not regret my decision (by my own choice I was back to work 2 1/2 weeks after having the surgery & doing well), but I would not recommend having it unless you are absolutely sure that is what YOU want. As the person before me, I welcome you to e-mail me if you have any further questions. All my best, Sherri
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 02/27/2005 11:50 AM

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wendylmong

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I just underwent UFE for my fibroids. My gynecologist suggested me to have hysterectommy. However, I reluctant to go for it. UFE is a very simple procedure and done as outpatient. You will recover in one week with UFE unlike hysterectomey it may be from 6 to 12 weeks. I'm very happy and very satisfied with my progress after the embolization. If you need further details about this procedure, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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 02/27/2005 11:50 AM

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wendylmong

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I just underwent UFE for my fibroids. My gynecologist suggested me to have hysterectommy. However, I reluctant to go for it. UFE is a very simple procedure and done as outpatient. You will recover in one week with UFE unlike hysterectomey it may be from 6 to 12 weeks. I'm very happy and very satisfied with my progress after the embolization. If you need further details about this procedure, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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 02/21/2005 10:57 AM

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Patann08

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My doctor discovered that my fibroids had enlargened since my last pap smear exam. He wants to remove them surgically and he recommends removing my uterus (but will leave my ovaries). I am not having any discomfort or complications. I am 42 years old and I do not plan to have more children. Is this the best treatment or should I leave them alone since I am not having any problems?
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