December 19, 2018
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Should I have an Endometrial Ablation for Heavy Bleeding in Arizona?

There are times when certain medical terms can be intimidating to people who aren’t familiar with what they mean. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding, a procedure called endometrial ablation in Arizona might be a great option for you to consider rather than having a hysterectomy, after you have tried other less invasive measures.

For example, if you are seeking a treatment that would allow you to keep your uterus, especially if you have tried hormonal management and it did not work for you, then ablation may be a good choice.

Ablation means, “to take out by erosion, melting, evaporation or vaporization.” Endometrial ablation in Arizona is performed with a hysteroscope together with a device that heats, freezes, or lasers your endometrial lining. This abolishes a layer of your endometrial lining, and your monthly menstrual period will stop completely for a while, and normally you will not be able to become pregnant following the procedure.

But it’s a good idea to keep in mind that there are women who do become pregnant after they’ve had this procedure, so it’s very important that birth control or sterilization is reviewed, as post-surgery pregnancies can be risky. Some insurance companies require that a woman be sterilized before they’ll pay for the endometrial ablation procedure.

Some types of this procedure can be performed quickly and easily by a trained gynecologist in Arizona in their office. It can be used to treat selected areas of the endometrial lining. In other circumstances, it needs to be done under anesthesia after a dilatation and curettage (D&C) sampling. This may be a great way to eliminate pathology, rather than assuming that an endometrial biopsy is adequate.

We don’t typically recommend this course of action as a first line solution for several reasons. We always try to suggest the most minimally invasive procedures and recommend medical management whenever possible. We also generally obtain a good outcome with medical management of our patients who have heavy bleeding.

Although endometrial ablation in Arizona does work well for some women, the long-term results for addressing heavy bleeding with endometrial ablation are not always predictable. Another issue is that there is a risk that endometrial ablation might cover up endometrial cancer later in life, because it removes any endometrial spotting that would signal to you that something abnormal is happening in your body.

Now that you know more about this process, you can do what you think and feel is best for your healthy. With time we can look forward to medical technology that will bring us more advanced treatment alternatives to hysterectomy, but until then, endometrial ablation in Arizona offers women some options that can be useful in certain circumstances.

If you would like more information – or would like to know if the procedure is right for you – call our office today to schedule a confidential consultation!