What Is Endometrial Ablation and Why Might I Consider It?

woman with hands holding her crotch in pain. Endometrial ablation is a medical procedure for women that removes the uterine lining known as the endometrium. Endometrial ablation can be used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding caused by problems with the endometrium, such as adenomyosis or fibroids. It is also used as an alternative to hysterectomy for women who do not want or need surgery to remove their uterus. At Craig Ranch OB/GYN, our doctors in McKinney, TX, can evaluate you to determine if you are a good fit for this procedure.

What Can I Expect During Endometrial Ablation?

During the procedure, heat energy, radiofrequency energy, freezing temperatures, microwaves, or similar techniques are used to destroy and remove the endometrial tissue. After endometrial ablation, menstrual periods usually stop or become much lighter and less frequent. The effects of this procedure may be permanent, but some women may later require a hysterectomy if their symptoms return.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Endometrial Ablation?

Endometrial ablation is generally considered safe and effective, but like any medical procedure, it carries certain risks. Possible complications can include infection, bleeding, scar tissue formation, and damage to adjacent organs like the bladder or rectum. Talk to our providers to learn about the potential risks before undergoing endometrial ablation.

What Should I Expect After My Procedure?

Once the procedure is over, you may experience some cramping for a few days afterward. You may also have some spotting or light vaginal bleeding for up to six weeks following the procedure. Our provider will offer you specific instructions on when you can resume normal activities as well as when to return for a follow-up visit.

When Should I Consider Endometrial Ablation?

Endometrial ablation is often recommended for women with abnormal uterine bleeding due to adenomyosis or fibroids. If you are a good candidate for endometrial ablation, a conversation with your doctor is the first step in learning more and finding out if it is suitable for you.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment To Learn More?

If you have any questions or additional concerns about endometrial ablation, talk with your doctor at Craig Ranch OB/GYN before the procedure. Your doctor can help you make an informed decision and discuss the possible risks and benefits of this treatment option. Call 214-544-6600 to schedule an appointment at our office.

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