At Marina del Rey Hospital we treat our patients with care and compassion and ensure they have a speedy and healthy recovery. If your day-to-day life is affected by a heavy flow during periods, you might need an endometrial ablation. Our doctors have the tools and knowledge to perform this operation in the safest way possible so you can resume your normal activities.
Due to hormonal imbalances or polyps growing in their uterus, some patients might experience heavy flow when they are on their period.
Endometrial ablation is a procedure in which the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, is removed. This is used in order to reduce the flow or stop it completely. The procedure is usually done when other treatments, such as medication, have failed.
After the hormonal tests and the endometrial biopsy are done, the procedure can begin. The patient is put under anesthesia and given medication to dilate the cervical opening. Then, the doctor has many choices on how to do the surgery. The most common ones are hydrothermal and balloon therapy. In the first one, a tool is inserted into the uterus and slowly pumps fluid in. He then heats it and waits for 10-15 minutes, then drains it. The liquid destroys the uterine lining. Balloon therapy uses the same principle. A balloon is inserted into the uterus and is expanded by heated liquids. The heat and the balloon itself destroy the uterine lining.
Endometrial ablation can have many benefits:
If the patient would like to have a child in the future, this surgery is not recommended. By destroying the lining of the uterus, the majority of women become infertile. Since this is a minimally invasive procedure, the recovery time is very short. Patients usually resume their normal routines in a week. It is advised to not use tampons or have sex for at least a few days after the surgery. Some cramps and a bloody discharge may be present for a maximum of 3 weeks after it.
There are not many risks attached to this surgery. Patients can get an infection or suffer some bleeding inside the uterus. The organ might also be accidentally perforated during the procedure, but this is very uncommon. Depending on the case, there is a chance that the endometrium may regrow and so the symptoms could return. In that case, another surgery would be required.
If getting your period means that it will hinder your lifestyle and medication doesn’t prove to be useful, an endometrial ablation might be the only possible cure. Our expert surgeons can easily do this simple procedure, so call 888.600.5600 and make an appointment.
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