Endometrial ablation as a surgery to destroy the lining of the uterus. This is done in order to prevent or treat heavy bleeding during menstruation. Endometrial ablation is not a hysterectomy, which is the surgical removal of the uterus, though both can prevent pregnancy. Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX is a provider who offers both, though finds that many women are better suited for endometrial ablation as a more conservative option for several medical conditions.
Why might I consider endometrial ablation?
If you have heavy bleeding during your period and want to avoid a hysterectomy, endometrial ablation might be an option for you. Endometrial ablation is also a less invasive and less costly procedure than a hysterectomy for women who are considering permanent birth control.
What are the risks of endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is generally a safe and effective procedure, but like any surgery, there are some risks involved. These risks include infection, bleeding, and damage to the surrounding organs. In rare cases, endometrial ablation can cause serious complications such as blood clots or puncture of the bowel or bladder.
How is endometrial ablation performed?
Endometrial ablation can be performed in several ways, depending on the type of equipment available. The most common type of ablation is called radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat to destroy the endometrium layer. Other types of ablation include:
- Cryotherapy: This method uses freezing temperatures to destroy the endometrium.
- Hydrothermal Ablation: This method uses hot water to destroy the endometrium.
- Microsurgical Endometrial Ablation: This method uses a laser to destroy the endometrium.
What can I expect from endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is usually done as an outpatient procedure with Dr. Craig Ranch, which means that you can go home the same day. The surgery takes about 30 minutes, and most women can return to their normal activities within a few days. Recovery times vary from woman to woman but are typically short when compared to more invasive procedures such as hysterectomies.
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Endometrial ablation is not right for every woman. It is vital that you speak with Dr. Craig Ranch about all of your options before deciding if this procedure is right for you. Call 214-544-6600 to request an evaluation at his office and discuss this and other treatments with a professional.