News | Published August 23, 2012 | Written by Theodore Hovick, MD, FACOG

What is endometrial ablation and is it right for you?

One in five women experience heavy bleeding during their period, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Is your period getting in the way of your everyday life?

Whether it's a routine check that's needed or specialty treatment, Mount Nittany Health's obstetrics and gynecology (ob-gyn) physicians are prepared to care for you.

NovaSure® endometrial ablation is one of the surgical services ob-gyn physicians at Mount Nittany Health can perform. This particular surgery uses a controlled dose of electromagnetic energy to attempt to control abnormal uterine bleeding. Many women experience issues such as heavy bleeding during periods, prolonged periods of excess bleeding, or bleeding between periods, and NovaSure® can help.

During this procedure, the endometrium - the lining of the uterus - is burned. This results in a thinner endometrium, which can bring about no periods or light regular periods. While the effect can be immediate, it can sometimes take up to a year to get a clinical response.

Endometrial ablation is particularly suitable when it is not possible to identify a specific and perhaps treatable reason for heavy bleeding.

You should seek advice from your physician to determine whether or not endometrial ablation is right for you. Factors such as the size and condition of your uterus will determine which form of endometrial ablation is appropriate.

The main benefit of endometrial ablation is that no incisions are needed, and it can be performed in your physician's office. Your ob-gyn will insert slender tools directly through the cervix to complete this surgical procedure. Typically, the operation only lasts 30 to 45 minutes. When done in the office, the procedure is performed with local anesthesia with some mild sedation. If done in the Operating Room, the patient is usually put to sleep, but is discharged home the same day.

Endometrial ablation is not a form of sterilization, but pregnancy is contraindicated once you have the procedure done.

To learn more about endometrial ablation or about Mount Nittany Physician Group's ob-gyn practice, please visit mountnittany.org or call 814.237.3470.

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