Endometrial ablation is an outpatient procedure to remove the uterine lining. By removing the lining of the uterus, menstrual bleeding is either greatly reduced or stopped completely.
This type of treatment may be needed for women who haven't had success with other treatments for heavy bleeding. When medication or hormone treatment is unsuccessful, removal of the uterine lining is often the best way to control or stop the heavy bleeding.
Endometrial ablation is only performed in premenopausal women. Patients who have this procedure should be in good health overall, with no recent uterine disorders or infections. The procedure is best suited for women who are finished having children or who don't plan to have children.
Yes, it's possible but it's unlikely. If a woman does conceive after having the procedure, she has a higher risk of miscarriage. To prevent the possibility of pregnancy, women who have this procedure should continue to use birth control until they've finished menopause.
Yes, it's still possible for a woman to develop cervical cancer after endometrial ablation. This procedure leaves all the reproductive organs intact, thus women need to continue having Pap smears and well woman exams.
Yes, it's possible that the uterine lining could grow back, although it's unlikely. If this does occur, further surgery may be needed.
Patients can return home within a few hours after the procedure. Most people can expect to experience cramping for a day or two. Patients may bleed for up to a couple of weeks after the procedure, with the flow becoming lighter and lighter until it stops. Some women experience mild nausea after the procedure. Most patients should expect frequent urination for the 1-2 days following endometrial ablation. The doctors at Southern Women's Specialists Gynecology and Urogynecology will explain any other restrictions and guidelines. Most people have fairly quick recoveries and are able to return to their normal routines in a few days.
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