Uterine Balloon Therapy - Hope For Women With Excessive Menstrual Bleeding - My Personal Journey Part 2 (The Pre-Op).
Uterine Balloon Therapy (also called Endometrial Ablation or NovaSure), is an in office non-evasive procedure available to women suffering from excessive and often painful and life altering menstrual cycles. I being an unfortunate victim of such a condition, made an informed decision to opt for this procedure.
September 4th, 2009 at 9a.m. - Today is pre-op day!
Due to little sleep and frayed nerves, it comes as no surprise that I'm somewhat nervous. Although I've done the research necessary to make an informed decision, I'm still quite leery.
As soon as I entered my doctor's office, I was immediately put at ease as I sat and talked in detail with the nurse practitioner (my gynecologist had an emergency delivery to attend to) regarding what the procedure would entail. Having had the procedure preformed on herself; she helped allay some of the fears I had about what to expect.
I was given a list of personal preparation tips, a detailed run down on what would happen, when it would happen, and how long it would take.
In addition, medication was prescribed for:
1.) pain - before, during and after procedure
2.) nausea - if experienced
3.) anxiety - to calm and relax the nerves during the procedure
4.) a suppository - to clear the bowels before the procedure
* [A side note: make sure you get your prescriptions filled as soon as possible, since at least one of the prescriptions have to be taken a full two days before the procedure. In addition, some of these medications are used so infrequently, that your choice pharmacy may run into problems filling the prescription. Such happened in my case. Fortunately, the pharmacist was kind enough to call around until she found a pharmacy that was able to fill them].
Vital information concerning at-home recovery was given, as well as the reassurance that both my gynecologist and his staff, would be available to provide answers to any questions or concerns regarding my well-being.
All of this took about ten to fifteen minutes. No questions of mine were considered too menial. I even inquired as to what type of clothing I should wear (something loose and comfortable), and if someone could accompany me during my procedure (during the procedure - no, but during the prep and in-office recovery time - yes).
All in all, it was a good experience. Now all I have to do is wait for surgery day!
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