MyDoc Women's Health Specialists
OB/GYNs & Women's Health located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton Beach, FL
You may experience heavy menstrual bleeding from time to time, but if your bleeding is affecting your ability to go to work or engage in social activities, endometrial ablation may be an option to help reduce blood flow. The all-women team at MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists conduct endometrial ablation to improve quality of life in women with a heavy menstrual flow who have no plans to have children. If you live in or near Boca Raton or Boynton Beach, Florida, call or book an appointment online to learn more about endometrial ablation.
Endometrial Ablation Q & A
What is endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the endometrial tissue that lines your uterus. The ablation is a minimally invasive procedure, and the women’s health experts at MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists conduct endometrial ablations at the office.
Am I a good candidate for endometrial ablation?
If you have a heavy menstrual flow that affects your quality of life, you may be a candidate for endometrial ablation.
The team at MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists may recommend an endometrial ablation if:
- You soak through a pad or tampon every hour for several hours in a row
- You’re anemic from blood loss
- Your menstrual bleeding lasts longer than eight days
Since the procedure destroys the endometrial tissue, the team doesn’t recommend an endometrial ablation if you have plans to have children.
The team at MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists only recommend an endometrial ablation if more conservative treatments, such as medication, have failed to improve your symptoms.
Endometrial ablation should not be considered if you’re menopausal, have an infection, or a disorder of the uterus or endometrium.
What can I expect during an endometrial ablation?
To ease any discomfort you may experience, the team administers anesthesia before starting the procedure. Once you have prepped, the team dilates your cervix to allow room for the instrument used to destroy the endometrial tissue to have access to your uterus. Then the device terminates the tissue.
There are many methods used for performing endometrial ablation, including:
- Radiofrequency: radio wave heat energy
- Electrosurgery: electric current
- Cryoablation: freezing of the tissue
- Heated balloon: transfer of heat from a liquid through a surgical balloon
What happens after endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation may require a day or two of recovery. Common symptoms you might experience after the procedure include:
- Frequent urination
You can also expect vaginal bleeding for a few weeks following an endometrial ablation, with the most substantial flow during the first few days following the procedure.
It may take up to three months for you to see the benefits, and many women experience lighter periods or no bleeding at all after endometrial ablation.
If you want to know more about endometrial ablation, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.
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