Uterine Balloon Therapy - Hope For Women With Excessive Menstrual Bleeding - My Personal Journey Part 4 (The Follow-Up).
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Sept. 18th, 2009 - Exactly a week has gone by since the Uterine Balloon Therapy (also called Endometrial Ablation or Nova-Sure) procedure has been performed on me.
Other than the occasional vaginal soreness, and soreness in my hip at the injection site (where I was administered a local anesthetic), I'm doing great!
For those who have been following my story, I opted for this non-evasive procedure to bring me much needed relief from my often problematic and painful menstrual cycles.
I'm happy to say, that with a great gynecologist - in addition to his staff - my recovery has been speedy and successful thus far.
Here's what to expect during your first follow-up visit:
A.) Basic Procedures (that include):
1.) Weight Check
2.) Blood Pressure Rate
3.) Iron Level Count
4.) General Post-Surgery Questions Regarding Your General Well-Being
B.) A Detailed Discussion Regarding Your Recovery (such as):
1.) How You Are Physically Feeling- whether you're still experiencing any discomfort; still relying on the pain medication; the time frame your discomfort subsided; it's manageability; if you're still experiencing a discharge; the amount and color of the discharge (at this rate, it takes me an entire day to fill up just two sanitary napkins - which my gynecologist assured is quite normal - good actually).
2.) What To Expect - a pinkish watery discharge for the remainder of the month, and a little soreness (both vaginal and at injection site) for another week.
3.) What To Keep Your Eye Out For- an unusually high fever or excruciating pain which may signify an infection.
4.) Activities You Can Resume- sexual intercourse (only after the discharge has ceased) and any other normal daily activity can be resumed.
C.) The Patient's Questions Are Addressed (such as):
1.) Does the lining of the uterus (this is what is removed during the procedure) return or regenerate itself? - Although the body possess an remarkable capacity to regenerate itself, very rarely has this happened since the lining of the uterus is burned very deeply.
* (Out of the hundreds of procedures my gynecologist has performed, he has never seen this occurrence in any of his patients).
2.) Since women who have had this procedure experience very little to no menstrual bleeding at all, is there a need for hormonal replacement therapy?- No. Unlike a hysterectomy - which removes the reproductive organs of a woman and would require hormonal replacement therapy - this procedure will not involve any such therapy, since none of the female reproductive organs are removed.
3.) Where does all the blood that you would normally shed during a menstrual cycle go - would it not just back up in the woman's body? - Since this procedure removes the lining of the uterus - the very cause of monthly bleeding - women who opt for this procedure should not have this concern.
D.) Follow-Up Appointment Scheduled.
At the completion of your first follow-up appointment, a second follow-up appointment is made a month from your first one.
During this physical-free (since you no doubt will still be experiencing a discharge) follow-up, the gynecologist's major concern involves evaluating whether or not you are on the road to a speedy and successful recovery.
With one follow-up appointment behind me, time will tell how just well this procedure works for me.
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