To treat heavy or uncontrolled menstrual blood loss, endometrial ablation can be performed by Dr. Rebecca Brown, Dr. Jennifer Chen, Dr. Lily Lee, Dr. Rahil Patel, Dr. Henrietta Stancz-Szeder, Dr. Karen Toubi, Dr. Kathleen Valenton, Dr. Wendy Kim Waldman, and Dr. Peter Weiss, along with the rest of the experienced healthcare team at Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center in Beverly Hills, California. This procedure destroys the uterine lining through minimally invasive surgery and may be recommended by your physician when other treatments for heavy menstrual periods are not effective.
Endometrial ablation refers to destroying (ablating) the lining of the uterus, or endometrium. It's a surgical procedure, but it doesn't require invasive surgery through the abdominal wall. Your OB/GYN accesses the uterus through the vaginal canal and cervix, and the ablation or destroying of the uterus lining is accomplished using long, thin instruments.
The method of ablation can vary. To ablate the lining, cold, heat, radiofrequency, or microwave energy is used, depending on the circumstances. The procedure is usually outpatient and does not normally require a hospital stay.
If you've been experiencing extreme or heavy menstrual bleeding that has not lessened with other treatments, your dedicated OB/GYN specialist may suggest endometrial ablation. This procedure can reduce menstrual flow, or even stop it completely. However, this treatment is only used in women who are no longer wanting to become pregnant as it is unlikely a healthy pregnancy will occur after this procedure.
Some form of anesthesia is usually used for an endometrial ablation. Your physician will discuss the options available. It may depend on the type of ablation used and the health of your uterus. If one of Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center’s OB/GYN specialists performs the procedure, you may only need local anesthesia.
You may experience cramping and vaginal discharge during your recovery. The former can last a few days, but you can alleviate the discomfort with over-the-counter medications. Discharge is heaviest during the days immediately following your surgery, but can last for a few weeks. Some women also experience the need to urinate frequently during their first day of recovery.
The results of less menstrual bleeding may take a few months to occur, but by that point, most women experience substantially less menstrual bleeding. Your menstrual cycle may even stop completely.
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