September 17th, 2019 7:11 PM

Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation is used to treat heavy bleeding. It destroys a thin layer of the lining of the uterus (endometrium) and reduces or stops the menstrual flow in most women. Heavy bleeding is often first treated with hormones, such as birth control pills. An endometrial ablation is a non-hormonal option for women who cannot tolerate or do not desire hormonal treatment.

The procedure can be done as an outpatient surgery at the hospital or in our office with light sedation. Virtually no recovery is needed and patients generally resume normal activity within 24 hours

What to do to prepare for an Endometrial Ablation?

Dr. Patton will help determine if An Endometrial Ablation is the right treatment option for you. An ultrasound is done to evaluate the size and shape of the uterus, and to rule out any other causes of bleeding, such as uterine fibroids or endometrial polyps. An Endometrial biopsy is also required to ensure there are no pre-cancerous or cancerous cells present before scheduling an ablation.

What to expect after the procedure?

Cramping, like menstrual cramps, for 1-2 days are not uncommon. Also, thin, watery discharge mixed with blood can last a few weeks. If you experience heavy bleeding, fever, severe pain, persistent nausea or vomiting or abdominal distention, please call our office.

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