Endometrial ablation is a procedure that uses heat energy to destroy the uterine lining, which is also called the endometrium. The heat energy is applied using a variety of methods including lasers, radiofrequency, balloons filled with heated saline, electricity, or microwaves. The providers at Craig Ranch OB-GYN typically use either the Novasure or the Minerva for performing their ablations based on the devices very high success rates. Endometrial ablation is typically performed by inserting the instruments through the vagina and cervix to reach the uterus and is an outpatient procedure. The procedure usually takes about 5 minutes and is typically performed in their office. Craig Ranch OB-GYN uses an anesthesiologist during the procedure to make the procedure pain free. Endometrial ablation is only recommended to women who have completed their families.
Endometrial ablation is an effective treatment for women who suffer from heavy menstrual periods. It can also treat fibroids that grow on the inner walls of a woman’s uterus. Doctors will usually try less invasive treatments for heavy bleeding before recommending endometrial ablation because of the effect it can have on fertility.
The doctors at Craig Ranch OB/GYN perform endometrial ablation in their offices. When you arrive you will change into a gown and either a local or spinal anesthetic will be applied. Endometrial ablation is performed with instruments which are inserted through the vagina and cervix, so you will recline on a treatment table with your feet in stirrups. The doctor will dilate your cervix so the slender ablation instruments can be inserted. The whole process will take about 45 minutes and you will spend some time resting in a recovery room after the procedure while the anesthetic wears off and you are monitored. You may experience some minor cramping, vaginal discharge, and the need to urinate frequently after the endometrial ablation procedure. Most women experience a significant decrease in the volume and intensity of their menstrual periods following endometrial ablation.
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