Endometrial Ablation for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Endometrial ablation for heavy menstrual bleeding.
Endometrial ablation uses thermal energy (heat) to remove much of the lining of the uterus for women experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding. Most women have very light periods, or occasionally no periods, after endometrial ablation. One major benefit of
performing this in our Boulder office is that it is covered by most insurance companies with office visit co-pay as the patient’s only financial responsibility.
We typically perform NovaSure® endometrial ablation in-office. A traveling anesthesiologist provides “twilight sleep” anesthesia for just the few short minutes required for the procedure. The woman generally experiences no pain. A slender scope with camera (hysteroscope) is inserted through the cervix to visualize the inside of the uterus. Then a wand with a collapsed mesh is inserted through the cervix and into the uterus. The triangular mesh is opened to conform to the shape of the uterus. After safety checks are complete, the thermal energy passes through the mesh and into the uterus. The procedure takes less than 2 minutes. The mesh is retracted back into the wand and withdrawn. We ask that the patient relax in our office recliner for a few minutes before being driven home. Women usually return to their regular activities within a few days. Benefit from heavy bleeding is noted as early as the first post-procedure period.