What is endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a procedure in which yourLievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami OB-GYN destroys your uterine lining. This procedure can dramatically reduce your menstrual bleeding and could potentially stop your periods completely.
If you suffer from heavy and painful periods, and medication hasn’t provided significant relief, your OB-GYN may recommend an endometrial ablation.
Am I a good candidate for endometrial ablation?
If you have bleeding that’s so heavy and painful that it significantly decreases your quality of life, endometrial ablation could be a good option to consider. But, it’s not right for everyone. Endometrial ablation usually makes it extremely unlikely that you can get pregnant in the future, so if you’re not finished building your family, this procedure is probably not right for you.
How does endometrial ablation work?
There are many different ways to perform endometrial ablation. Some of the most common techniques include:
- Radiofrequency: Radiofrequency energy destroys uterine lining
- Freezing: Uterine lining is frozen for removal
- Fluid: Heated fluid destroys the uterine lining
- Balloon: A fluid-filled balloon is expanded in the uterus to destroy the uterine lining
- Microwave: A probe delivers microwave energy to the uterine lining to destroy it
Your Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami will recommend the technique best suited for your needs to ensure that you get the best results possible.
What can I expect after my endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is often performed as an outpatient procedure. Your Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami will give you specific recovery guidelines so you know exactly what to expect.
You’ll likely have some bleeding for at least a few days after the procedure. Use sanitary napkins rather than tampons during this time. Mild-to-moderate cramping is also normal for a day or two after endometrial ablation. Your OB-GYN will prescribe or recommend medications if you need them.
Most women who have endometrial ablation are able to return to their regular life quickly, with the amazing bonus of greatly reduced bleeding going forward.