Endometrial ablation is a type of surgery in which the lining of your uterus (endometrium) is destroyed (ablated). It is often used to treat a variety of menstrual problems.
At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals, our women’s health doctors provide excellence in care to diagnose and treat a wide range of gynecological conditions. To learn more about endometrial ablation in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, Find a Doctor online or call (702) 616-4900. We offer care at our San Martín and Siena hospital campuses.
Why Your Doctor May Recommend Endometrial Ablation
If noninvasive treatments haven’t been successful in treating your menstrual symptoms, your doctor may suggest a surgical approach. After endometrial ablation, your uterus grows a new healthy layer of endometrial tissue.
You may be a candidate for endometrial ablation if you have:
- Menstrual bleeding that interferes with your daily routine
- Heavy periods that soak a pad or tampon in two hours or less
- Menstrual periods that last more than eight days
- Anemia (low red blood cell count) caused by heavy menstrual bleeding
If you have one or more of these issues, meet with an experienced doctor at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. He or she can provide a diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs and preferences.
What to Expect: Endometrial Ablation at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Your procedure will take place in a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital. You’ll be given general anesthesia or a sedative so you won’t feel any pain. Your surgeon uses a special tool, called a hysterscope, to look inside your uterus. Special medication or tools are used to open your cervix to allow the surgeon to perform the surgery. Your surgeon uses either very high heat or extreme cold to destroy the uterus lining.
Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure, but it drastically lowers your chances of getting pregnant and increases the risk of miscarriage. It is not recommended if you are postmenopausal.
Your Endometrial Ablation Recovery
In most cases, you’ll be able to go home the same day of your surgery. You may have light bleeding and cramping for several days. Some women experience a watery vaginal discharge for a few weeks, along with nausea and frequent urination. Your doctor may prescribe over-the-counter pain medications to relieve your symptoms. Talk with your doctor about when it’s safe to have sex again. Typically, you will have lighter periods after endometrial ablation, and in some cases, you may not have any menstrual bleeding.
Comprehensive women’s health services are available at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals, including endometrial ablation in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.