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August 22, 2017  
COMMUNITY: Frequently Asked Questions
Uterus1: Hysterectomy vs. ablation?
Dr. Craig deFreese: The ablation procedure is an outpatient procedure, minimal pain, minimal recovery time and it’s highly effective in over 90 percent of people. The downside to it is that it’s not effective in 10 percent of people. That’s really about the only downside, especially with the technique we use. You can treat pretty much anybody, whether they have small fibroids in their uterus, whether they have polyps, or a large uterus, or a uterus that kind of has a funny shape—I mean you can treat anybody with that, so that’s the nice thing about the procedure. The downside is that it’s not effective in 10 percent, so in those people you have to go in and do something else. You have to do a hysterectomy. With the hysterectomy itself, the advantage of that is that it’s a cure—it’s 100 percent effective. The disadvantage is that it’s major surgery; it has more potential complications than the endometrial ablation, although it depends on the situation—where the person is in life and everything.
Dr. Craig deFreese: The ablation procedure is an outpatient procedure, minimal pain, minimal recovery time and it’s highly effective in over 90 percent of people. The downside to it is that it’s not effective in 10 percent of people. That’s really about the only downside, especially with the technique we use. You can treat pretty much anybody, whether they have small fibroids in their uterus, whether they have polyps, or a large uterus, or a uterus that kind of has a funny shape—I mean you can treat anybody with that, so that’s the nice thing about the procedure. The downside is that it’s not effective in 10 percent, so in those people you have to go in and do something else. You have to do a hysterectomy. With the hysterectomy itself, the advantage of that is that it’s a cure—it’s 100 percent effective. The disadvantage is that it’s major surgery; it has more potential complications than the endometrial ablation, although it depends on the situation—where the person is in life and everything.
Dr. Craig deFreese

Dr. Craig deFreese


Dr. Craig DeFreese is an obstetrician/gynecologist who practices in Altamonte Springs, Orlando, Florida. He started his practice, Devoted to Women, about eight years ago, but has been caring for female patients for more than 19 years. Noting a growing trend in women’s preference for midwives, Dr. DeFreese now shares his office with a nurse midwife who delivers babies for many of his patients.

Dr. Craig deFreese

Dr. Craig deFreese


Dr. Craig DeFreese is an obstetrician/gynecologist who practices in Altamonte Springs, Orlando, Florida. He started his practice, Devoted to Women, about eight years ago, but has been caring for female patients for more than 19 years. Noting a growing trend in women’s preference for midwives, Dr. DeFreese now shares his office with a nurse midwife who delivers babies for many of his patients.

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