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What is an Endometrial Ablation?
This is a course of treatment for heavy bleeding (menorrhagia). During an Endometrial Ablation, the lining of the uterus is destroyed or removed. The procedure is 10-20 minutes in length. The end result typically is lighter periods or they stop altogether. Techniques include:
- Novasure-Triangular mesh device that expands and destroys the uterine lining with radio frequency (www.novasure.com)
- HTA- Heated saline is circulated and is intended to destroy the lining of the uterus
- Balloon endometrial ablation – a triangular balloon is inserted in the uterus and filled with fluid, which is then heated for several minutes, causing the destruction of the uterus lining
All endometrial ablation is done with a hysteroscopy exam. Since the lining of the uterus is destroyed, women who desire to keep their fertility should not have an Endometrial Ablation. The right treatment for you depends on what causes the heavy bleeding, which is why getting properly diagnosed is extremely important.