Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation is a minor surgical procedure used to control heavy periods that are not successfully treated with medications.  During this surgery the lining of the uterus is destroyed. Menstrual bleeding is generally reduced to lighter levels and sometimes stops completely. If ablation does not control heavy bleeding, further treatment or surgery may be needed. 

Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation is a minor surgical procedure used to control heavy periods that are not successfully treated with medications.  During this surgery the lining of the uterus is destroyed. Menstrual bleeding is generally reduced to lighter levels and sometimes stops completely. If ablation does not control heavy bleeding, further treatment or surgery may be needed. 

What to Expect after the Procedure

Some minor side effects are common after endometrial ablation:

  • Cramping, like menstrual cramps, for 1–2 days
  • Thin, watery discharge mixed with blood, which can last a few weeks.

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The Risks Associated with Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation is a very safe operation with rare complications. We generally use the Novasure device to destroy the lining.  We have done over 1000 procedures and have seen only one or two problems of infection or bleeding.  

Long Term Results of Endometrial Ablation

90% of patients do well for a long time after their ablation.  About 10% of women find their periods gradually return and some of go on to having a hysterectomy.

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