What is endometrial ablation?
- Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to help control excessive vaginal bleeding. The procedure is typically done under anesthesia and involves and instrument passing through the cervix, into the uterus, and ablating the tissue. Ablation methods include extreme cold, heated fluids, microwave energy or high-energy radiofrequencies
- Endometrial ablation is recommended indicated in women with unusually heavy periods most months or anemia from excessive blood loss. Endometrial ablation is not recommended for women who have significant cramping with menstrual periods, have uterine cancer, have recently been pregnant, or are past menopause.
- Risks associated with endometrial ablation include puncture injuries (perforations) of the uterus due to surgical instruments, damage to nearby organs as a results of extreme temperatures, pain, bleeding, or possible infection