Endometrial Ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for excessive menstrual bleeding. This procedure uses heated sterile water inside the uterus to create controlled heat to the layer that creates heavy periods. The actual Endometrial Ablation procedure takes less than 10 minutes and are mostly done in the office, or occasionally at an outpatient surgery center. Patients return to regular activities the following day.
Women who have an ablation have completed childbearing and want to return to manageable periods. A pelvic exam, an ultrasound, and an endometrial biopsy are done to determine if a woman is a candidate. This procedure is successful in slowing the flow to a manageable 85% of the time, preventing the need to proceed to a hysterectomy.
The ablation procedures Dr. Hayes uses are Thermachoice and HTA.