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Cryoablation Procedure at age 55yrs.

By Anonymous June 30, 2009 - 8:49pm
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I am 55 and Scheduled to have this procedure on July 9, 2009. What are the side effects for my age group. Would it be better to have a partial hysterectomy? I'm soo tired of this heavy bleeding and don't want to experience the extreme bleeding that some say happens after the cyroablation?

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I am 52, post-menopausal and also scheduled for Cryoablation on July 8 (tomorrow). I was unaware of these recovery issues until reading these posts. My doctor thinks performing this procedure, because I have a thickened lining, may be preventative in deterring cancer cells from developing in the future. Has anyone else had Her Option for that reason? If so, and since I don't expect to have any more periods, how is the recovery?

July 7, 2009 - 9:13am

Hi, Anon, and welcome to EmpowHer. Thanks so much for your question.

This is a tough decision, isn't it? Cryoablation is a lesser procedure, but the side effects might not be what you want; hysterectomy is a bigger surgery, recovery is longer, and it will have a permanent effect. Did your doctor go over the alternatives with you? Did you choose cryoablation for specific reasons?

Here is a transcript of two doctors speaking about endometrial ablation vs. hysterectomy. Keep in mind that the conference they are speaking at happened 10 years ago, so treatment has developed since then. But what they emphasize is that the single most important factor in choosing one procedure over the other is the selection of the procedure by the patient. The second most important factor was the expertise of the surgeon involved. Here's the link. It took my computer a few minutes to build, so don't worry if that happens:


At 55, I am imagining that you are in perimenopause, and your hormones are in transition. Are you interested in hormone replacement therapy, or would you like to avoid it? Was that a factor in your treatment?

What were the reasons you first chose the uterine ablation? Are you having second thoughts now?

July 2, 2009 - 9:58am
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