NovaSure® is a minimally-invasive procedure that is used to treat abnormally heavy periods. Periods occur when the uterine lining or endometrium sloughs off. Normal periods last about seven days and can be controlled with the normal use of pads or tampons. Heavy periods typically require the use of both pads and tampons which must be changed very frequently, even several times during the night, to control the flow and prevent leakage.
Sometimes, periods become so heavy, they can interfere with normal living and make even daily activities like going to work difficult to handle. NovaSure® uses radiofrequency energy to remove the lining of the uterus, preventing heavy periods from occurring. Dr. Adler and Dr. Smith at Comprehensive OB-GYN of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm, and West Palm, Florida, has substantial experience in NovaSure® treatments, providing women with the care they need to enjoy a better quality of life.
What does the procedure entail?
NovaSure® uses a special mesh that’s inserted through the vagina and into the uterus using a special tube – as a result, no incisions are required. Once the mesh is in place it adheres to the contours of the uterus, then radiofrequency energy travels along the mesh for about 90 seconds, destroying the lining of the uterus and preventing heavy periods. Once the procedure is complete, the mesh and the tube are removed from the uterus.
How successful is this procedure?
NovaSure® is designed to dramatically reduce the occurrence of heavy periods or to stop them entirely in about 77 % of those who have the procedure. Women who are close to menopause are more likely to have their periods entirely stopped following the treatment. In a few cases, younger women may see a recurrence of heavy periods.
How long does the treatment last?
Most NovaSure® procedures take about 15 minutes or so to perform.