Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial Ablation

What Is Endometrial Ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that destroys the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus. It’s mainly used to reduce bleeding during menstrual periods, especially for people with excessively heavy periods or periods that last more than eight days — conditions that can cause anemia. Although the procedure is considered a surgery, there are no incisions involved, and the recovery time is short.

The Benefits of Endometrial Ablation Surgery

There are many benefits to endometrial ablation procedures, some of which you’ll notice immediately. Because this is a minimally invasive outpatient surgery, recovery time is faster than other surgeries and you’ll experience less pain. You’ll retain all of your reproductive organs and experience no impact on your sex life. The risk of complication is low, and your periods may be lighter or disappear altogether following treatment. About 90% of women report satisfaction with the procedure.

It’s important to know that your uterus will not be able to carry a fetus to term safely after the procedure. Pregnancy can be dangerous for the mother and fetus, so you will need a reliable form of birth control.

Types of Endometrial Ablation Procedures

Doctors can complete this procedure in several ways. Certain procedures may involve radio waves, electricity, fluids or balloons.

Mile High OB/GYN provides three types of endometrial ablation:

  • Minerva ablation: This method of surgery uses plasma energy to destroy the endometrium. This procedure is the shortest option at about two minutes.
  • NovaSure: This version of endometrial ablation involves a netted device that delivers radiofrequency energy into the uterus. The process takes about five minutes.
  • Genesys Hydro ThermoAblator: Sometimes abbreviated as HTA, this procedure involves filling your uterus with warm water. Your doctor will heat the water for about 10 minutes to 90 degrees Celsius, effectively destroying uterine tissue.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll likely be able to return to work and other activities the day after your endometrial ablation. However, your doctor will likely direct you to avoid douches, tampons and sexual intercourse for several days. You may also experience bleeding for a few days and cramps and bloody discharge for a couple of weeks.

Schedule Your Endometrial Ablation at Mile High OB/GYN

At Mile High OB/GYN, we want to help you live the healthiest, most comfortable life possible. That’s why our certified physicians practice endometrial ablations at all three of our Colorado locations. You can learn more about this procedure by calling one of our offices or setting up a consultation online.

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