Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys a thin layer of the lining of the uterus, also called the endometrium. Endometrial ablation procedures are used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding. The endometrium heals by scarring, which usually reduces or prevents uterine bleeding.
During endometrial ablation, a probe is inserted in the vagina and into the cervix. The procedure may be done in an outpatient facility or the doctor's office. The procedure can take up to about 45 minutes.
At Holy Cross Health, endometrial ablation surgery performed to destroy tissue, includes:
Heat using radiofrequency energy or heated liquid
Electroenergy, using a resectoscope, which is a tool with an electrical loop, rolling ball or spiked ball tip
Endometrial ablation recovery is fairly free of side effects for most women. Some minor side effects include frequent urination for one or two days, cramping for a day or so, discharge and nausea.
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