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Buggy126

414d

Has anyone had a surgery where they cauterize or burn the entire surface of the ovaries? I have growths on my ovaries from endometriosis and my doctor wants to go in and burn all the endo they see and both of my ovaries so nothing more can grow on them. She also said this would help with my PCOS. I can’t tolerate any of the endo meds so I know I’ll be having surgery every 1-3 years but wondered if this was all that different from excision because that’s the only thing I ever hear about. I believe they cauterize the area after anyways so this seems like a good idea but had never heard of it before. I trust my doctor but there’s so much contradictory information and misinformation.

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    • QueenOfPlants

      393d

      For PCOS They could be performing ablation or what's known as ovarian drilling (which sounds way worse than it is) they are essentially "draining" the cysts with a needle so the contents is removed from your system and they cauterize the area after - cyst ablation "cooks" the cyst from the inside out and you will have grey discharge a few days post operation - whilst expected you should be tested for infection to be safe. Additionally, sometimes they can laser off endometriosis for more high damage risk tissues which is essentially burning off the Endo tissue but is still considered excising. I've had ovarian drilling, ovarian ablation, Endo excision and Endo laser excision and I know there are other methods of removals. If you are concerned about it speak with your doctor and make them aware of your concerns if you still have concerns after that or feel your concerns haven't been heard or understood seek a second opinion from a different doctor before deciding if you are to proceed with the procedure.

    • QueenOfPlants

      393d

      For PCOS They could be performing ablation or what's known as ovarian drilling (which sounds way worse than it is) they are essentially "draining" the cysts with a needle so the contents is removed from your system and they cauterize the area after - cyst ablation "cooks" the cyst from the inside out and you will have grey discharge a few days post operation - whilst expected you should be tested for infection to be safe. Additionally, sometimes they can laser off endometriosis for more high damage risk tissues which is essentially burning off the Endo tissue but is still considered excising. I've had ovarian drilling, ovarian ablation, Endo excision and Endo laser excision and I know there are other methods of removals. If you are concerned about it speak with your doctor and make them aware of your concerns if you still have concerns after that or feel your concerns haven't been heard or understood seek a second opinion from a different doctor before deciding if you are to proceed with the procedure.

    • 100Percent_K

      413d

      This is called ablation and I’ve had it done. Needed it corrected 2 years later. It is NOT a treatment for endo and only burns the surface of the tissue. You need to have the tissue excised, not ablated. If your doctor cannot do that then she needs to refer you to someone who can for your health and well being long term

      • Buggy126

        404d

        @100Percent_K this was my fear. When I brought up excision my doctor got sort of annoyed and said that was just another name for it / what the “new” surgeons are calling it. She didn’t even say the word ablation. I’m supposed to have that surgery next month but will start looking into excision instead. Thank you sm

        • 100Percent_K

          403d

          @Buggy126 honestly so glad you brought it up with your provider. I think her getting annoyed with you inquiring about your care is all you needed to see. My ablation surgeon was the same way and my excision surgeon had to clean up the absolute disaster the ablation surgeon had left behind. If you need help finding a provider look through the list available on Nancy’s Nook endometriosis Education on FB. Always advocate for your care and if your provider is annoyed or rude, definitely move on. You deserve better 💛

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In the provided context, there is no direct experience shared about having surgery where they cauterize or burn the entire surface of the ovaries. However, it is mentioned that excision and ablation are different surgical methods for treating endometriosis. It's important to consult with a qualified surgeon to discuss the best treatment option for your specific case.

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