What is endometrial ablation?

Women in the McKinney, TX area who are dealing with heavy menstrual bleeding may be concerned as to what can be done. There are a few different reasons why this may be occurring, and a full evaluation with Dr. Craig Ranch is a starting point for learning more. In some instances, he may recommend a procedure called endometrial ablation.

Understanding endometrial ablation

To address heavy menstrual bleeding, which is caused by the shedding of the uterine lining, some women choose to undergo endometrial ablation. This procedure is done to remove the endometrium that lines the uterus and is shed during menstruation. Endometrial ablation is not a surgical procedure and does not require any incision. Instead, kit is performed by a healthcare provider who inserts a special instrument into the vaginal canal through to the uterus. The lining can be treated in one of several ways, with solutions such as:

  • Hydrothermal endometrial ablation
  • Microwave energy endometrial ablation
  • Freezing endometrial ablation
  • Radio frequency endometrial ablation

All four of these options are available with Dr. Craig Ranch, and choosing the one most appropriate for you is done with the assistance of our team. We educate patients to the various methods to help women decide which type of endometrial ablation is best for their unique situation. In most cases, the procedure is minimally invasive, avoiding the need for surgery and leaving the ovaries and uterus intact.

When do I need endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is often a last resort treatment for women who have had prolonged of heavy menstrual bleeding that has not been effectively resolved with the use of more conservative solutions such as medication. It is vital that women understand that this procedure keeps them from carrying children, so women who opt for this procedure should be done with childbearing or choose not to do so I the future.

Discover more about endometrial ablation

If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, the team of Craig Ranch OB/GYN invites you to call our practice at (214) 544-6600 to schedule an appointment. Our professionals are here at 7900 Henneman Way, Suite 100 to assist in choosing the treatments right for you. The office is located in McKinney, TX and is always welcoming new patients.

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