Endometrial ablation is a procedure that helps control abnormal uterine bleeding
Women who suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding may benefit from endometrial ablation. Our skilled Austin obgyns perform this nonsurgical procedure to help manage heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding that has failed to be controlled by more conservative treatments.
How does endometrial ablation help control bleeding?
Endometrial ablation destroys the lining of the uterus, or endometrium, to help reduce abnormal uterine bleeding. Destroying, or ablating, the endometrial lining gets rid of the cells that produce the lining that is shed during menstruation, thus reducing or even stopping the blood flow. During the procedure, our Austin obgyns insert medical tools into the cervix through the vagina. These tools rely on radiofrequency and other methods to destroy the uterine lining.
This procedure can improve quality of life
Patients who have finished having children often find that endometrial ablation improves their quality of life by reducing their pain and excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding. However, patients with certain conditions should not undergo this procedure.
- Those who wish to preserve their fertility and have children
- Those who have had prior uterine surgery, such as a cesarean section or myomectomy, should discuss this option with our Austin obgyns
- Patients who have an increased risk for endometrial cancer, such as patients who take tamoxifen or those with Lynch syndrome
- Patients with an enlarged uterus or abnormal cavity secondary to uterine fibroids
Patients in their childbearing years need to continue to use birth control after endometrial ablation because it is not a sterilization method.
What to expect from endometrial ablation
As with any surgery, there are risks when a patient has endometrial ablation, including pelvic pain, pelvic infection, bleeding, thermal injury, and uterine perforation. In some cases, the patient’s abnormal bleeding may not improve.
Prior to surgery, our Austin obgyns will run tests and discuss the procedure with you. Our physicians perform this procedure in our office or an outpatient surgery center. Anesthesia ranges from sedation with local injections into the uterus and cervix to general anesthesia.
During endometrial ablation, our physicians dilate the cervix to allow for insertion of instruments. They insert the medical device into the cervix to destroy the endometrium, which only takes a few minutes.
After the procedure, women may have cramps or notice a watery vaginal discharge that contains some blood. Some women also feel the need to urinate more frequently in the 24 hours after endometrial ablation.
Our Austin obgyns employ several tools to treat women’s problems
Our experienced Austin obgyns are highly trained to perform endometrial ablations and are current on procedures that help women find relief from their symptoms. Patients who are suffering from abnormal uterine bleeding or other gynecological issues should contact us to discuss endometrial ablation and other appropriate treatments.