PAUL MONIZ: Valerie, you did very well with this procedure, didn't you?
VALERIE: Quite well. I walked out of the hospital. I felt fine. I didn't need any pain medication, and I have had normal periods in the past year.
PAUL MONIZ: So you're not bleeding heavily?
VALERIE: Absolutely not. Absolutely not.
PAUL MONIZ: Patients worry about a number of things when they undergo surgery, chief among them is risk. What are the risks here?
MARTIN GOLDSTEIN, MD: The initial risk is misdiagnosis and not operating for the right reason. The second risk is making certain that there isn't a malignancy. The third risk is in stretching the cervix. There is a risk in using a rigid instrument that one could make a hole through the top of the uterus. If that occurred, no significant danger will happen to the patient, but we would have to stop the procedure.
The absorption of glycine, which is the dilating liquid. If the glycine gets into the bloodstream, it can dilute the sodium concentration. It can lead to blurred vision, possibly seizures, and significant problems.
PAUL MONIZ: This procedure will preserve fertility in women of childbearing age. Is that correct? That's one of the attractive parts of it.