An endometrial ablation is a procedure offered to women who have heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding. Abnormal bleeding can have many causes including uterine masses, uterine cancer or hormonal irregularities. An endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure where the lining of the uterus is removed, while leaving the uterus in place. Therefore, this procedure is a good alternative to a hysterectomy (where the uterus is removed in its entirety). The lining of the uterus can be removed by first entering the uterine cavity through the vagina. Then the inside lining of the uterus can be removed using electricity (Novasure) or hot water (Hydrothermal or Thermachoice ablation). An ablation requires minimal anesthesia, can be done in the office or in the outpatient setting and does not cause any surgical scars. Ablations are more than 80% effective in decreasing your bleeding and in a significant proportion of patients can permanently stop the bleeding. Removing the lining of the uterus can result in you not being able to get pregnant, so this procedure is appropriate only in women who no longer desire to have children.
Types of Endometrial Ablation
- Hydrothermal Ablation
To learn more about the different types of endometrial ablation options at Advanced & Minimally Invasive Gynecology, contact our practice.