Women who have heavy or abnormal menstrual cycles and do not want to undergo a hysterectomy may be interested in endometrial ablation. It is an outpatient procedure performed in a surgery center with fantastic results.
Women with unusually heavy periods may soak through a pad or tampon every hour or suffer from anemia due to excessive blood loss.
About Endometrial Ablation
Endometrial Ablation is a medical procedure that removes, or ablates, the inner endometrial lining of the uterus (or endometrium) via the circulation of hot water. No incisions are needed while performing an endometrial ablation. The procedure helps to reduce or to stop menstrual flow altogether. Although this procedure minimizes or eliminated heavy bleeding for women, it does not affect normal hormone production and therefore will not change your current hormone levels.
Dr. David Ghozland’s procedure:
- Requires only a 15- to 20-minute operating time.
- Allows patients to feel very little discomfort post-procedure.
- Results in minimal cramping or vaginal spotting for 24 to 36 hours following the procedure.
- Provides a 70 percent success rate with hydrothermal ablation on fibroids (i.e. a benign mass of fibrous tissue) less than four centimeters in length.
- Is viable for any age, though it is recommended only after childbearing is finished.
- Bypasses the open surgery option of a hysterectomy.
Endometrial ablation is not a recommended procedure for women who were recently pregnant, would like to become pregnant in the future, have uterine cancer, have heavy cramping with their periods or are who are beyond menopause.
How does Dr. Ghozland perform an endometrial ablation?
Hydrothermal ablation involves placing a tiny camera into the uterus through the cervix. This helps Dr. Ghozland view the area being treated. The uterus is then filled with hot, circulating saline in order to burn the inner lining and prevent excessive bleeding. Most patients experience a dramatic decrease in menstrual flow. The procedure is quick and effective with very few risks.
Are there any risks to endometrial ablation?
Though the risk is minimal, endometrial ablation via hydrothermal procedure carries the normal risks of any surgery such as bleeding, infection or pain/discomfort.
With endometrial ablation, results can take a few months to occur. However, the procedure eventually produces a noticeable decrease in menstruation. Many will stop having their periods altogether.
For more information, or to set up a free initial consultation, please call Dr. Ghozland’s office at (310) 393-9359.