Heavy bleeding is most common for women between 40 and 50 years old. Losing too much blood can lead to anemia (low iron in the blood). It can also affect your ability to do daily activities. Endometrial ablation is the destruction of the lining of the uterus to treat heavy periods.
Endometrial ablation is a short procedure performed as outpatient surgery. There are no incisions as it is done through the vagina. The most common method of ablation is using electrical energy – the Novasure procedure. This procedure it very quick and has an excellent success rate (30-40% of women have lighter periods following the procedure and 50-60% of women no longer have periods).
An alternative ablation procedure is the Hydro ThermAblator System (HTA) in which hot water is circulated in the uterine cavity to destroy the lining. This procedure can be useful in small uterine cavities or abnormally shaped cavities where Novasure cannot be used.
Endometrial ablation is for those women who no longer wish to have children. Pregnancy is not advised after an ablation. If you think you may be a candidate for endometrial ablation, please make an appointment to discuss this with one of our providers.