We specialize in endometrial ablation, an outpatient treatment that can significantly reduce or eliminate menstrual flow. The procedure is incision-free, and can often be performed right in our office, so you can get back faster to the life you love.
About the Procedure
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your gynecologist at Big Bend Regional Medical Center will likely start by prescribing medication, including birth control options, or an intrauterine device (IUD).
If those treatments fail to bring you relief, we may recommend endometrial ablation. With this nonsurgical option, a slim tool is inserted between the vagina and cervix to remove the lining of the uterus.
Methods vary depending on the condition and shape of the uterus. Options include:
- Cryoablation: Several ice balls are created in the uterus; as these freeze, they eliminate the endometrium (endometrial tissue). Your doctor will use an ultrasound to determine the progress and the number of cycles needed to complete the procedure.
- Electrosurgery: A heated wire loop is passed through a scope that has been inserted into the uterus. It is used to carve furrows into the endometrium (endometrial tissue). This method is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia.
- Free-flowing hot fluid: Saline is heated and circulated within the uterus for several minutes. This procedure is used for women with irregular uterus shapes or who suffer from abnormal tissue growth, intracavity lesions or uterine fibroids.
- Heated balloon: A balloon device is inserted through the cervix and filled with heated fluid, which eliminates endometrium. This procedure takes between two to 10 minutes and can be performed in-office.
- Microwave: A wand that emits microwaves is inserted through the cervix, heating and eliminating endometrial tissue in three to five minutes.
- Radiofrequency: A flexible ablation device that emits radiofrequency energy is inserted into the uterus and vaporizes endometrial tissue in one to two minutes.
Is Endometrial Ablation Right for Me?
The choice to have endometrial ablation should be carefully considered. Your gynecologist will discuss all the benefits and risks with you, answer any questions, and help you make the right decision for your life and health. Schedule your consult with a specialist close to home.
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