do heavy periods affect your life?
An endometrial ablation is a one-time procedure that can be performed in the office setting to help with heavy menstrual periods in a woman who is finished having children. The procedure is quick and can be performed with out general anesthesia. Many women either stop having periods or they have significantly less menstrual bleeding.
WHAT IS SURGERY LIKE?
Endometrial ablation surgery eliminates, or “ablates,” the uterine lining to treat abnormal uterine bleeding. Often, a lighted viewing instrument, called a hysteroscope, is used for a better visual inside the uterus. Endometrial ablation can be performed by:
- Laser thermal ablation
- Thermal balloon ablation which uses a balloon filled with saline solution heated to 85°C (185°F)
- Electricity, using a resectoscope with a loop or rolling ball electrode
Endometrial ablation is done in-office and takes up to 45 minutes to complete. The procedure may be done using a local, spinal, or general anesthesia. After the procedure, the endometrium heals with scar tissue, which will reduce or prevent uterine bleeding.
What happens after surgery?
After the procedure is complete, the patient may feel some side effects like cramping, nausea, or vaginal discharge. It can take anywhere from several days to a few weeks to fully recover from endometrial ablation. Following endometrial ablation procedure, many women’s menstrual flow is reduced or stops altogether.
Often, younger women don’t respond as well as older women to the endometrial ablation treatment. After the endometrial ablation procedure, younger women are more likely to continue with their periods and may need a repeat the process. If this occurs, our providers will use gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs (GnRH-As) for 1-3 months before the next endometrial ablation procedure. The GnRH-As will decrease the production of estrogen and help thin the lining of the uterus, making the treatment more efficient.
Call our office to get answers to questions or concerns about the in-office endometrial ablation.
7255 Old Oak Boulevard, Suite C112
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130