Endometrial Ablation for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Conveniently located to serve the Holly Springs, Panther Creek, NC, and surrounding locations.
Conveniently located to serve Holly Springs
Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB)
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding is estimated to affect 1 out every 5 woman. Heavy menstrual bleeding can be disruptive to a woman’s life in many ways (causing her to miss work, social events, preventing participation in sports, exercise or other active lifestyle activity). Heavy menstrual bleeding can also cause extreme emotional distress and be very expensive based on the cost of menstrual protection products.
What Is Endometrial Ablation?
The endometrium is a thin lining of tissue that is attached to the uterus. Endometrial ablation is the process of removing this thin layer. This can drastically reduce the amount of menstrual bleeding in an appropriately chosen patient. Most patients have very little or no bleeding following endometrial ablation. This procedure is most often performed in the office which reduces expense and time requirements. Most patients can return to work the next day after office endometrial ablation. North Carolina OB/GYN and Midwifery offers office endometrial ablation done under the care of our gynecologists in conjunction with an anesthesiologist to ensure a comfortable and less stressful experience.
Who Can Undergo Endometrial Ablation?
A gynecologist at North Carolina OB/GYN and Midwifery will evaluate your medical condition before recommending this procedure. Women who are nearing menopause and are suffering from heavy bleeding may undergo endometrial ablation. It is also recommended for women who experience excessive bleeding that leads to anemia.
Note that the chances of becoming pregnant after this procedure are drastically lowered. Additionally, pregnancies after endometrial ablation have a much higher risk of complications. Because of this, endometrial ablation is not recommended for women who have future family plans.
Endometrial Ablation Treatment Options
The endometrium can be destroyed using a variety of methods, including freezing, heating using heated fluids, or heating with electric current. The ideal method for you will be chosen during your consultation.
These procedures are non-invasive and involve no scalpels or incisions. They are done under local anesthesia, meaning the targeted area is numbed to any pain. A tool called a hysteroscope is inserted into the uterus to allow the gynecologist to see the inside of the uterus. A camera may be attached to this tool.
Electrocautery through wire mesh or radio waves: The cervix is opened, and a wire loop is inserted. This loop is attached to the uterus lining. A precise electric current is then sent through the wire loop to destroy the endometrium. The gynecologist may also choose to send the electric current through the mesh using radio waves.
Microwave: During this procedure, microwave energy is sent to the uterus lining using a thin probe. This energy heats and destroys the lining.
Heated Fluid: Heated fluid can either be pumped into the uterus or inserted using a balloon catheter to destroy the endometrium. In the case of a balloon catheter, the balloon contains the heated liquid that is pumped into the uterus.
Freezing: Endometrial ablation can be conducted by freezing the endometrium using a probe that has been frozen to a specific temperature.
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Your Endometrial Ablation for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding will be performed at North Carolina OB/GYN and Midwifery At Holly Springs
- Abnormal Pap Follow-Ups (LEEP, Colposcopy)
- Annual Gynecological Exams (pap smear, pelvic and breast exams)
- Birth Control Counseling
- Breast Health Exams
- Hysterectomies through Robotic Surgery
- In-Office Hysteroscopy to Diagnose Intrauterine Issues
- In-Office Polypectomy
- Menopause Care
- Osteoporosis Prevention and Bone Health
- Pregnancy Testing
- STD Screenings
- Vaginal/Urinary Tract Infection Checks