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Endometrial Ablation

WomanCare Clinic

Meriter WomanCare Clinic
20 S. Park Street, Suite 450
Madison, WI 53715
Telephone: (608) 417-5433 or 1-888-409-3852

UW Health - OB/GYN
20 S. Park Street, Suite 307
Madison, WI 53715
Telephone: (608) 287-2830

Definition

    
Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys a thin layer of the uterus lining to reduce and normalize the amount of menstrual bleeding.

Endometrial Ablation is recommended for women:

  • Whose activity is limited because of their heavy bleeding
  • Whose bleeding is causing them to be anemic and tired
  • Whose bleeding has not responded to other treatment
  • Whose bleeding lasts seven or more days per cycle

Benefits of the Procedures:

  • No incisions
  • Quick recovery
  • Does not require general anesthesia
  • Reduction in PMS and painful periods
  • Reduction in menstrual bleeding
  • It’s an alternative to a hysterectomy

What is Endometrial Ablation?

   
A diagnostic procedure is performed to know if a patient is a candidate for endometrial ablation. The patient’s doctor may prescribe medication a couple weeks prior to having the endometrial ablation procedure to help thin the lining of the uterus.


Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys a layer of the lining in the uterus. It’s an alternative to a hysterectomy and is recommended for women who have heavy bleeding that lasts too long. The lining of the uterus, the endometrium, is shed by bleeding each month during a woman’s menstrual period. Abnormal uterine bleeding is common for women between the ages of 40 and 50, as they approach menopause. Most women will have reduced menstrual bleeding following endometrial ablation, and some women may have their periods completely stop. The younger the woman is, the more likely she will have reoccurring bleeding after the procedure.


Women who have had the procedure must use an effective method of birth control until after menopause. Pregnancy is possible if a small part of the endometrium is still in place. However, in most cases, the procedure usually causes infertility by destroying the thin lining of the uterus.


It is normal for the patient to have an increased amount of discharge for two to four weeks after having the procedure, due to the lining that’s shedding.


Approximately 40-50% of patients will never have their period again after having an endometrial ablation, and about 95% of endometrial ablation patients are satisfied with the results.

Common Side Effects:

  • Cramping
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Frequent urination
  • Spotting
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Endometrial Ablation procedures performed at Meriter Hospital include:

  • Rollerball Ablation
  • NovaSure Ablation
  • Hydrothermal Ablation