Tubal Ligation Reversal Center
Endometrial ablation helps women who have heavy menstrual bleeding by gently removing the lining of the uterus so bleeding is slowed or stopped. The skilled team at the Tubal Ligation Reversal Center uses safe, state-of-the-art ablation techniques to help women in Loganville, Georgia, and the Buckhead Atlanta area avoid the discomfort and inconveniences that come from having very heavy periods. For more information on endometrial ablation, call the office or book an appointment online.
Endometrial Ablation Q & A
What is endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is an in-office procedure that destroys the tissue lining the uterus (the endometrium) to prevent chronic heavy menstrual bleeding caused by a very thick endometrium.
Ablation is usually performed in women who are through with childbearing and who do not wish to have a hysterectomy or who are unable to have a hysterectomy. Heavy menstrual bleeding is especially common among women who are entering menopause, but a thick uterine lining isn’t the only cause of excessive bleeding. Before undergoing ablation, your doctor will perform a comprehensive exam to ensure other underlying conditions are not present.
How is endometrial ablation performed?
There are several techniques, and your doctor will describe the technique they feel is best for you. Techniques include:
- Laser ablation
- Thermal balloon ablation
- Electrical cauterization using special electrodes
- Microwave ablation
- Cryoablation (freezing)
Once the lining is removed, scar tissue will form that reduces or stops menstrual bleeding. The procedure itself takes from 30 to 45 minutes to perform under sedation or local anesthesia. After the procedure is completed, you may experience some cramping or minor vaginal bleeding or discharge which can last for one to two weeks. Recovery is quick, and you can expect to go home shortly after the procedure is completed.
How effective is endometrial ablation?
Nearly all women who undergo endometrial ablation will experience a significant decrease in menstrual flow, and about half will completely stop having periods. The procedure is especially effective in older women who are near menopause. Younger women may need to have the procedure repeated if heavy bleeding returns. Some younger patients may respond to a one- to a three-month course of hormones prior to the procedure to help thin the uterine lining.
Don’t continue to suffer from the discomfort associated with heavy periods. Seek treatment with the team at the Tubal Ligation Reversal Center by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.