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Endometrial ablation

If you're grappling with persistent heavy periods unresponsive to conventional treatments, your medical specialist may propose endometrial ablation.

What is Endometrial Ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure aimed at eradicating (ablating) the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium). The primary objective is to reduce menstrual flow, with some women experiencing a complete cessation of their periods.

Benefits of Endometrial Ablation

For those contending with stubborn heavy menstrual periods that resist standard therapies, endometrial ablation may offer a solution.

The procedure in detail

Endometrial ablation typically takes approximately 45 minutes and can be performed under spinal or general anaesthesia. Your gynaecologist will introduce a slender, flexible tube equipped with a light source, known as a hysteroscope, through your vagina and cervix into the uterine cavity. They will instil fluid to expand the uterus and employ either electrical or laser energy to eliminate the uterine lining, along with any identified polyps or minor fibroids.

Post-Procedure Recovery

Endometrial ablation is often conducted as a day procedure, allowing you to return home on the same day. Following the procedure, you might experience bleeding or discharge for several weeks, along with potential cramping and nausea. Most women can resume their regular activities within 2-4 days, but it's advisable to consult with your specialist regarding a return to work.

Important Note: Endometrial ablation results in reduced menstrual flow and, in some cases, a cessation of periods. Therefore, this procedure is not recommended if you plan to have children in the future.

As with any surgical intervention, there is a risk of complications. It's essential to address any concerns about these potential risks with your surgeon.

Common Surgical Complications include:

Nausea or vomiting
Bleeding or discharge
Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots).

Specific Complications Associated with Endometrial Ablation:

Accidental puncture of the uterus or nearby organs
Superficial burns on the uterine surface
Cervical laceration (tear in the uterine opening)
Persistent bleeding or discomfort.

Our commitment to your well-being doesn't end when you leave the hospital.

In rare instances, complications may arise after your treatment. If you encounter severe lower abdominal pain or heavy bleeding, please don't hesitate contact to us immediately.

The likelihood of complications varies based on the specific surgery you undergo and other factors, including your overall health. We will have a thorough discussion with you about the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure and how they relate to your unique situation.

If you have any concerns, please know that we are here to support you.

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