Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys (ablates) the uterine lining, or Reference endometrium Opens New Window. This procedure is used to treat dysfunctional or abnormal uterine bleeding. Sometimes a lighted viewing instrument (Reference hysteroscope Opens New Window) is used to see inside the uterus. Endometrial ablation can be done by:
- Laser beam (laser thermal ablation).
- Heat (thermal ablation), using:
- A balloon filled with saline solution that has been heated to 85°C (185°F) (thermal balloon ablation).
- Normal saline (heated free fluid).
- Electricity, using a resectoscope with a loop or rolling ball electrode.
The endometrium heals by scarring, which usually reduces or prevents uterine bleeding.
Endometrial ablation may be done in an outpatient facility or your doctor's office. The procedure can take up to about 45 minutes. The procedure may be done using a Reference local Opens New Window or Reference spinal anesthesia Opens New Window. And Reference general anesthesia Opens New Window is sometimes used.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 27, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology