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Published on 12 Jul 2020

Endometrial ablation

Why Doctors recommend endometrial ablation

Overview

Endometrial Ablation is a process in which the lining of the uterus, commonly known as the endometrium, is destroyed through a surgical process. The basic aim of this procedure is to reduce the menstrual flow or in some extreme cases, stop completely.

Why Doctors recommend Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial Ablation is mostly recommended by doctors to patients who undergo heavy blood loss during their period. Your doctor can opt for this procedure if you have a period that lasts for more than 8 days. If you have unusual periods, where one pad or tampon is soaked in an hour, this procedure can be used. Excessive blood loss can cause anemia and to prevent this, Endometrial Ablation is used.

Types of Endometrial Ablation to choose from

Endometrial Ablation is performed both at clinics or in the hospital, depending upon the type of procedure chosen. After the cervix is dilated by using medications or instruments, the endometrium is removed. The procedure is differentiated on the basis of the methods used to remove the layer.

Electrosurgery: In this type of Endometrial Ablation, a narrow scope is inserted into the uterus. Through this device, a wire loop is passed which is heated and then used to form furrows in the uterine endometrial layer. This type of ablation needs general anesthesia.

Cryoablation: In this type, extreme cold conditions are created inside the lining to form ice balls that destroy the lining. The procedure is accompanied by real-time ultrasound. It takes six minutes to form an ice ball that freezes and bursts the layer.

Free-flowing hot fluid: In this process of Endometrial Ablation, hot saline fluid is circulated inside the uterus for about 8-10 minutes. The hot fluid flows freely inside the intracavitary lesions and helps in their removal.

Heated balloon: A special balloon-like device is inserted which is later on inflated using hot fluid.

Microwave: In this type of Endometrial Ablation, a slender rod is inserted which emits microwaves that heats and then dissolves the endometrial layer.

Radiofrequency: It uses a special instrument that transmits radiofrequency which destroys the endometrial layer by vaporizing it. The remains are then washed out using a sterilizing liquid.

Endometrial Ablation is a non-hazardous, low-risk procedure that is often recommended by the specialists. Your doctor might choose any of the above-mentioned types of the procedure depending on your size, the shape of the uterus and complexity of your case.