Understanding endometrial ablation

A woman with severe abdominal pain while lying on a bed of white bedroom alone. Endometrial ablation is a common outpatient procedure used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. The procedure involves destroying the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, with heat, cold, or lasers. Endometrial ablation can be an effective treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding and has a very low risk of complications. At Craig Ranch OBGYN, we see many women who are looking for a solution to heavy menstrual bleeding and may benefit from this treatment option.

What is considered heavy menstrual bleeding?

Our team describes heavy menstrual bleeding as bleeding that lasts for more than seven days, with blood loss so heavy that it interferes with a woman’s quality of life. Heavy menstrual bleeding can be caused by a variety of conditions, including fibroids, polyps, adenomyosis, and uterine cancer. Endometrial ablation is often not recommended for women who have had previous pelvic surgery, are pregnant, or have an active pelvic infection.

What can I expect from endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that can be performed in an outpatient setting. The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and most women go home the same day. There is no need for sedation or general anesthesia, and there is minimal pain associated with the procedure.

What types of endometrial ablation are available?

The endometrium is the natural lining of the uterus that sheds each month during menstruation. Endometrial ablation destroys the endometrium, which can reduce or stop heavy menstrual bleeding. There are several different varieties of endometrial ablation, including thermal ablation, radiofrequency ablation, and laser ablation.

  • Thermal ablation uses heat to destroy the endometrium.
  • Radiofrequency ablation uses radio waves to destroy the endometrium.
  • Laser ablation uses laser light and energy to destroy the endometrium.

Dr. Craig Ranch will discuss your options during your consultation visit to determine which type of endometrial ablation is most appropriate for your unique situation.

Are you considering endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a safe and effective treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding. If you reside in the area of McKinney, TX, and are interested in learning more about endometrial ablation or are struggling with heavy menstrual bleeding, we encourage you to call 214-544-6600 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig Ranch and his experienced team of providers.

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