For so many people who menstruate, getting their period is more than an inconvenience; in fact, it can be so heavy and painful that it becomes disruptive in their lives. While we’re nowhere close to where we need to be in terms of period pain management, there is an option to help make them lighter — a procedure called endometrial ablation in Arizona.
The procedure – which takes around five minutes and is performed in a doctor’s office or surgery center – burns the lining of the uterus so there is less tissue that can bleed. The success rate is around 85 percent and most patients are back to normal activity within one day.
Endometrial ablation in Arizona may be right for the patient who has heavy and/or painful periods – which can also lead to anemia – provided their uterus is a normal size or only slightly enlarged with no evidence of endometrial cancer. It is often considered when neither hormones nor medications have proven to work.
The procedure is performed by inserting the ablation instrument into the uterine cavity via the cervical canal, meaning there are no incisions. Depending on which system is used – cold therapy, hot water or radio frequency energy – the procedure takes just 10 to 20 minutes and can be done using a cervical block (local anesthesia), conscious sedation or general anesthesia, he adds.
This procedure is ideal for the working woman whose life is disrupted by her menstrual disorder and wants a procedure that causes minimal pain and a quick recovery. Patients can typically return to work two to three days after the procedure, although the post-ablation discharge tends to last between two and four weeks.
But the procedure isn’t right for everyone – it would be dangerous to get pregnant after this procedure, so you should be finished having children prior to considering endometrial ablation in Arizona. It is also not recommended for women who have had a recent pregnancy or those who are postmenopausal.
In order to determine whether you’re a good candidate, we will first perform a physical exam and obtains an ultrasound to check for conditions such as large fibroids or uterine lining in the muscle layer of the uterus, which will decrease the chances of success.
After the procedure, 50 to 70 percent of patients will stop having their periods altogether, and 15 to 35 percent of women will have lighter, less painful menstruation.
The risks of the procedure are extremely small – 1 in 10,000 risk of injury to surrounding organs and it’s a great alternative to hysterectomy for women who are not planning to get pregnant because it has a faster recovery time and fewer risks.
When complications do occur with endometrial ablation in Arizona, the most common is a minor, nonpermanent injury called uterine perforation, which is basically putting a small hole in the uterus. In rare cases, there could be infection or injury to the bowel or bladder.
If you are tired of suffering with painful, heavy periods and think endometrial ablation in Arizona could be right for you, call our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more about this and other menstrual treatment options.