Heavy bleeding is a common problem that affects about 1 in 5 women. Many women find excessive bleeding can makes it difficult to work, exercise and be socially and sexually active. The signs of heavy bleeding can affect women of all ages, but are most likely to start between the ages of 30 and 40.
Endometrial ablation can be indicated for pre-menopausal women with excessive menstrual bleeding due to benign causes for whom childbearing is complete. For some women considering a hysterectomy due to heavy bleeding, endometrial ablation may prevent the need for hysterectomy.
An improved endometrial ablation treatment technology is now available for women with excessive menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia. This improved technology produces twice the positive outcomes compared to previous technology for treating heavy menses.
The endometrial ablation procedure uses a heat device to ablate (destroy) the endometrium, or lining of the uterus. This tissue is the source of heavy bleeding in women who have not reached menopause. Procedure time from insertion of the device to removal of the device is approximately 3 to 4 minutes. With any surgery, there are risks related to the treatment and to the anesthesia used during the treatment. At your appointment, we will talk to you about the risks and will give you details about your individual situation.
In an international multi-center clinical trial conducted by the manufacturer of this new and improved ablation instrumentation, 92% of patients treated with endometrial ablation reported reductions of bleeding to a less than normal level and 66% reported zero bleeding, at 12 months post-procedure. Results of this study, “One-Year Follow-Up Results of a Multicenter, Single –Arm, Objective Performance Criteria-Controlled International Clinical Study of the Safety and Efficacy of the Endometrial Ablation System” were published online in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, JMIG, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the AAGL, previously known as the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopist.
If you are needlessly suffering from excessive menstrual bleeding, please schedule a consultation appointment to find out if endometrial ablation is right for you. Contact us at (574) 367-3800.