Endometrial Ablation

What is Endometrial Ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a medical procedure designed to reduce or stop heavy menstrual bleeding by removing or destroying the lining of the uterus (endometrium). It is typically considered for women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding that has not responded to other conservative treatments, such as medication. Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomy, allowing patients to preserve their uterus while finding relief from troublesome bleeding.

Key Aspects of Endometrial Ablation

  • Indications: Endometrial ablation is recommended for women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) that significantly affects their daily activities, quality of life, or requires frequent changes of sanitary protection.
  • Procedure: During the procedure, a thin, flexible instrument is inserted into the uterus through the Various methods, such as laser, radiofrequency, or thermal energy, are used to destroy or remove the endometrial lining. The specific technique used may vary depending on the patient’s individual needs and the provider’s expertise.
  • Local or General Anesthesia: Endometrial ablation can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or, in some cases, under general anesthesia.
  • Outpatient Procedure: In most cases, endometrial ablation is performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return home the same day.
  • Recovery: Recovery time is relatively short, and most patients can resume their regular activities within a few days. It is common to experience some vaginal discharge and mild discomfort following the procedure.

Benefits of Endometrial Ablation

  • Effective Symptom Relief: Endometrial ablation can significantly reduce or eliminate heavy menstrual bleeding, leading to symptom relief and improved quality of life.
  • Preservation of Uterus: Unlike hysterectomy, endometrial ablation allows women to keep their uterus, which allows it to be a procedure with minimal pain/recovery.
  • Quick Procedure: The procedure is typically short, lasting about 15-30 minutes.