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Uterine Balloon Therapy - Hope For Women With Excessive Menstrual Bleeding - My Personal Journey Part 2 (The Pre-Op).

Updated on December 21, 2009
Female Pelvis.
Female Pelvis.

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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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks soni2006

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      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hey Veronica. I have one advice for you. Create groups via your hubpages account section and include like minded hubs in one category or group as it will be very useful for the visitors visiting your hubs as they can proceed to your Part 1, 2, and 3 very easily. Start this doing now because you have around 79 or so hubs because I have done it after I published 200 hubs and up until now, I am only able to categorize 150 hubs of mine in groups. Let me know if you have any questions. Best of luck for more hubs to come.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      It truly is debilitating. I've dealt with this for at least 20 years. I finally decided that enough was enough. Especially since it's getting progressively worse.

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      fortunerep 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interestering, never heard of that begore. I have a friend with this problem and is is sometimes debilitataing.

      dori

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      fortunerep 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interestering, never heard of that begore. I have a friend with this problem and is is sometimes debilitataing.

      dori

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks BkCreative. I've been very fortuante to have a good medical team on my side. Any form of surgery (whether it be simple or not) does cause a measure of stress and anxiety. I though it was good to list the natural remedies as well for those opting for a different course. Thanks for your feedback, and I'll be keeping you up-to-date.

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hi Veronica Allen!

      I'm so glad to hear that reducing stress is part of the pre-op preparation - it just makes so much sense. Sounds like you have done every bit of research and to complement your research you are working with a good medical team.

      I appreciate the list of natural remedies.

      This is a hub I can use to educate!

      Many thanks!

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