Endometrial ablation is a procedure to treat very heavy menstrual
bleeding or other abnormal bleeding in the uterus. During ablation, the lining
of the uterus is destroyed. The lining heals by scarring. The scarring reduces
or prevents bleeding.
During the procedure, your doctor will insert a lubricated tool called a speculum into your vagina. The speculum gently spreads apart the sides of your vagina.
Your doctor may use a lighted tube (called a hysteroscope, or scope) through
the cervix to see inside the uterus. A device that uses either a laser beam,
heat, electricity, freezing, or microwaves will be inserted to destroy the
Your doctor may give you medicine to help you relax. You
may also be given medicine to help with pain.
The procedure can
be done in a doctor's office or a hospital. It usually takes less than an hour.
You will go home after the procedure.
This procedure is not
recommended if you plan to get pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go
to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also
a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
procedure can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect and how to safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
February 25, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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