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Hysterectomy or ablation?

(6 Posts)
ALemonyPea Mon 16-Jan-17 21:53:17

I've been out on the waiting list for a hysterectomy, but was told I could try an ablation first if I wanted to.

Mainly getting one because of ridiculous periods that last for three months at a time, of heavy flooding and huge clots. Only happens once a year, and tablets don't really help.

When I first had my appointment a couple of years ago I had wanted an ablation, but was told because of having PCOS and being overweight I was at high risk of womb cancer, so the only option was hysterectomy.

I lost the required weight, I've gone from morbidly obese to a BMI of 27 and actively losing weight still, since last year.

Gynaecologist is very happy for the operation to go ahead, getting it done laparoscopicly, and I was all set for it mentally, but then was told it would be a full one to limit the dangers of cancer, and it would all be removed through my vagina rather than the laparoscopic cuts.

This has freaked me out a bit, I'm seriously thinking of not having it done and just trying the ablation.

Does anyone have any advice, or has had either done?

Costacoffeeplease Mon 16-Jan-17 21:59:33

I had a full abdominal hysterectomy just over 4 years ago, due to fibroids and really heavy periods, recovery takes a while but it's still the best thing I've done, absolutely no regrets

tobee Mon 16-Jan-17 23:54:45

I agree with Costa. Had hysterectomy summer 2015 but had my ovaries conserved. Just great not having those terrible periods.

ALemonyPea Tue 17-Jan-17 07:40:22

Costa, is abdominal where they cut you rather than do it laparoscopically? I've been told that is a possibility due to previous c sections.

Thank you both for replying. I know hysterectomy is the better option, just freaking out.

Costacoffeeplease Tue 17-Jan-17 07:50:16

Yes, but the cut is low down, it's not in the middle of the abdomen

lizzie1971 Tue 17-Jan-17 08:06:15

I had an ablation done four years ago as was having prolonged periods with flooding and clots. Was done as day surgery and was crampy for the following 24 hours but I was back at work within a few days. Had just spotting for the first few periods afterwards but now I have no bleeding at all. It has worked fantastically for me. I was not offered hysterectomy at all.

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