Endometrial Ablation Procedure in Dayton, OH
What is endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove the thin lining of your uterus.
Why is endometrial ablation used?
Endometrial ablation is primarily used to treat abnormal menstrual bleeding patterns, such as heavy bleeding, bleeding between menstrual cycles, or bleeding that occurs longer than usual. In most cases, your doctor will first prescribe medications and conservative treatment options to manage your symptoms. If non-surgical options fail, your doctor may recommend endometrial ablation.
Should I undergo an endometrial ablation?
If you experience heavy menstrual bleeding that interrupts your daily life, endometrial ablation may be an option for you. You may want to consider endometrial ablation if you have:
- Bleeding for more than a week
- Bleeding that requires multiple sanitary napkins per day
- Bleeding that interferes with your daily activities
- Bleeding that is causing other health conditions
If polyps or fibroids are the cause of excessive bleeding, they may also be removed with endometrial ablation.
Can I still get pregnant after endometrial ablation?
If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, endometrial ablation is not recommended. Although you may still become pregnant after endometrial ablation, it is considered dangerous. Speak with your doctor about appropriate methods of birth control to avoid the risk of becoming pregnant.
Endometrial ablation is not recommended if you have one or more of the following:
- Uterine, cervical, or endometrial cancer
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- A vaginal, uterine, or cervical infection
- Uterine or endometrial conditions
- An intrauterine device
What does endometrial ablation involve?
Endometrial ablation involves no surgical incisions. Instead, your doctor will introduce thin medical tools through your vagina and into your uterus. There are several different techniques that can be used to remove the uterine lining:
- Hydrothermal ablation
- Balloon therapy
- Application of high-energy radio waves
- Freezing ablation (cryoablation)
- Application of microwave energy
- Application of controlled electrical current
What are the risks of endometrial ablation?
In general, the risk of complications following endometrial ablation is low. However, like many other medical procedures, endometrial ablation comes with certain risks, such as bleeding and risk of infection. Signs of infection after endometrial ablation may include:
- General feelings of being sick
- Muscle aches
- Painful urination
- Lower back pain.
Additional complications may include damage to surrounding organs from medical tools used during endometrial ablation. In rare cases, endometrial ablation may lead to complications in patients with tubal ligation.
What should I expect after an endometrial ablation procedure?
After endometrial ablation, you can expect to recover within a week. During the first few days of recovery time, it is recommended you avoid sex or anything which may disrupt the healing time, such as douching or strenuous activities.
You may experience bloody discharge or bleeding for around 3 weeks after an endometrial ablation procedure. Other after-effects of endometrial ablation may include:
- Stomach cramps
- Frequent urination
After endometrial ablation, your first periods may resume with less bleeding. For some, period cycles may end completely, making it harder to know when you are experiencing menopause.
What are the benefits of undergoing endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation can offer the following benefits:
- Minimally invasive procedure that involves no incisions
- Uterus and other pelvic organs remain intact
- May help you achieve lighter periods
If you are interested in endometrial ablation, schedule an appointment with an Ob/Gyn specialist at Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn. With specialized care and cutting-edge treatments in obstetrics and gynecology, Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn offers a wide variety of gynecologic and obstetric services from leaders in Ob/Gyn research development. Call 937.771.5100 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.