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Uterine Fibroids and Ablation

Posted by @lmtd, Wed, May 16 8:24pm

I have uterine fibroids and am trying to avoid a hysterectomy. My gynecologist has recommended an uterine ablation. I have read some posts from women who have had an ablation and are now having trouble with yeast infections, discharge and vaginal odors that will not go away. Does anyone know about ablation side effects.

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Hi, @lmtd — welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You are wise to check with others about their experiences before having a procedure.

I'd like to invite some Mayo Clinic Connect members who’ve talked about uterine fibroids into this conversation: @kurgle, @lizwhite80 @allenjane14 @shuaishuaiforxiuqin @rdrdhap @pbeach @terryinboulder @saoirse @taniavalkyrie @ncross16 and @ladyfc. Hoping they can share some of their history with uterine fibroids and offer their insights on ablation from what they've experienced or researched along the way. @gailg and @hopeful33250 may also have some thoughts.

You may also be interested in this Mayo Clinic video Q&A about uterine fibroids: http://mayocl.in/2scr0DP

What symptoms have you been experiencing due to the fibroids?

@lmtd

By "ablation" are you referring to robotic surgery to remove the fibroids?

Teresa

Hi, @lmtd – you'd mentioned your doctor talked about possible ablation for your uterine fibroids. What did you decide to do for treatment of the fibroids?

@lisalucier

Hi, @lmtd – you'd mentioned your doctor talked about possible ablation for your uterine fibroids. What did you decide to do for treatment of the fibroids?

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@lisalucier Wish I could have had ablation. By the time I was able to find someone to take on my case, surgery and hysterectomy was the only option.
Ginger

I don't understand why the few current treatments for fibroids are the only ones that exist.

@kurgle

I don't understand why the few current treatments for fibroids are the only ones that exist.

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Hi, @kurgle – I'd be interested in your experiences with fibroids. Have you had treatment for them? If so, how did it go for you?

@gingerw

@lisalucier Wish I could have had ablation. By the time I was able to find someone to take on my case, surgery and hysterectomy was the only option.
Ginger

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Hi, @gingerw – you mentioned that by the time you were able to find someone to take on your uterine fibroid case, surgery and hysterectomy was the only option. Wondering if you'd share more about how that surgery and the recovery went?

@lisalucier My surgery was in Jan 1999. Prior to that there was excessive bleeding, and they attempted to induce medical menopause with four monthly injections of Lupton to stop the bleeding. Didn't work. Surgery was successful, left ovary was retained but right ovary extracted due to fibro is wrapped around it. Three or four fibroids removed, weighing a total of 7 pounds, cut was bikini line cut, not C-section style cut. I was up walking around within 15 hrs or surgery, doing laps around surgery floor pushing my IV pole. No pain meds loaded onboard, nor did I take any post recovery at home. My sister, an RN, watched over me for the first 10 days, and contrary to orders, I was climbing stairs right away since I lived in a townhouse apt. Hope this helps, Ginger

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