What is an endometrial ablation?
This procedure is utilised as a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding.
- It involves a general anaesthetic and a controlled cauterisation of the endometrium. This is the area which the uterus sheds during menstruation.
- It may be a suitable alternative to hysterectomy, but has higher rates of recurrence (heavy bleeding returns) compared to hysterectomy.
- It may not be a suitable choice when women with fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia or malignancy, or endometriosis.
When is an endometrial ablation performed?
When a patient has heavy menstrual bleeding, non-surgical treatment have failed or are not appropriate.
How is it the procedure performed?
Location: at Wakefield Specialist Centre.
Anaesthetic: the procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, meaning a patient is asleep.
Duration of the operation: a hysteroscopy is performed at the same time, the surgery takes 30-45 minutes.
What should I expect after an endometrial ablation?
When you wake up: you will have an IV line in the arm or hand. Oral pain relief is usually all that is required.
Nights in hospital: most patients will go home the same day (day-case surgery).
Time off work: 1 week (back to work the following Monday).
When back to normal functioning: as soon as you feel able, with no pain or discomfort.
- This will occur 3-6 weeks after the initial operation.
- If any issues occur when discharged home, patients can contact the Wakefield Specialist Centre directly.
- Dr McDowell and Bedford will be on call to assist when necessary.