Endometrial polypectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine polyps, commonly developed within women undergoing, or completing menopause. Consult with Dr. Peter Weiss, Dr. Rebecca Brown, Dr. Kathleen Valenton, Dr. Jennifer Chen, and Dr. Quy Nguyen at Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center, or visit their practice in Beverly Hills, to schedule an appointment to learn more about the process. Their staff serves to provide you with the best treatment procedure for your body and well-being.
An endometrial polypectomy involves the removal of uterine, or endometrial, polyps. They’re formed by an overgrowth of cells in the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), that extend into the uterine cavity. Endometrial polyps usually lead to abnormal vaginal bleeding in women who are undergoing or have completed menopause, and although they’re usually benign, uterine polyps can create risks with menstrual periods and fertility.
Look out for these signs and symptoms of uterine polyps:
The most common symptoms are irregular or unpredictable menstrual periods. However, it’s important to note that some women may only experience light symptoms or none at all in cases where polyps are on the cervix.
Although the cause of endometrial polyps isn’t precisely known, it likely has to do with:
Risk factors for developing polyps include:
Your OB/GYN specialist will only treat uterine polyps if they’re causing excessively heavy menstrual periods, or if they’re suspected to be precancerous or cancerous. They'll also remove them if they’re causing complications during pregnancy or infertility, or if they appear after menopause. Methods for treating endometrial polyps include:
Rarely, uterine polyps can recur even with surgical procedures (other than a hysterectomy), which would require additional treatment.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent uterine polyps. You can take measures to reduce risk factors such as obesity or high blood pressure, but it’s important to undergo routine gynecological checkups to stay alert in the case of any formations.
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