If you’re considering hysterectomy for heavy bleeding, endometrial ablation may be a good option for you to consider before removing your uterus. This common medical procedure has been proven to either lighten or stop bleeding in women who do not wish to have more children.
How Endometrial Ablation Works
When you have a period, the blood that is expelled by your body is the endometrial lining of your uterus. In the endometrial ablation procedure, the endometrial lining is intentionally removed so that bleeding can no longer occur. This treatment for severe bleeding is an outpatient procedure done with a tool called a hysteroscope, a thin tube that illuminates and examines the uterus, along with another device that removes the endometrial lining.
Expanding Your Options
Women who choose endometrial ablation may be interested in trying another option before a hysterectomy or delaying a hysterectomy. Endometrial ablation is considered by some women to be a short-term solution to their heavy bleeding – the procedure sometimes needs to be repeated or may lead to an eventual hysterectomy, but most women find that the treatment to be successful for several years or more.
Recovery for endometrial ablation usually occurs within a couple of days and most women are able to return to work much sooner than if they had undergone a hysterectomy. The results of an endometrial ablation may be seen immediately, but most often it may take a few months.