Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial Ablation is a surgical procedure used to control heavy menstrual periods.  The procedure is done in the hospital under an anesthetic to minimize discomfort.   There are no incisions, it does not require an overnight hospital stay, and the recovery is short.  During the operation, a device is placed inside the uterine cavity by going through the vagina.  The device uses radiofrequency to destroy the inner lining of the uterus.  After the procedure is done, a few days of menstrual-like cramping is common, and a bloody discharge may last for several weeks. It may take several months to realize the full benefit of the procedure.  Normal activities may be resumed after the initial discomfort has passed. Future menstrual periods stop or become much lighter and more manageable. 80-90% of women having an endometrial ablation are happy with the results.  The 10-20% that notice no difference will need to look at other options, including hysterectomy.  The procedure is not intended to prevent menstrual cramps, but 60% of women report less pain.