What is an endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a procedure performed for excessive bleeding. The purpose of the procedure is to destroy the endometrial lining of the uterus. This is the layer that grows and sheds each month. Reducing this layer will decrease the amount of bleeding. We use several different methods to perform the endometrial ablation.
How effective is an endometrial ablation?
Fifty percent of the patients that have an ablation will experience no further bleeding. Another 45% will have reduced periods. Five percent will continue to have heavy bleeding.
Does insurance cover this procedure?
Yes. Insurance coverage is excellent, especially if the procedure can be performed in the office.
What else do I need to know about this procedure?
An ablation is not birth control. Some form of permanent birth control is needed (tubal ligation or vasectomy). An ablation can only be done when pregnancy is no longer desired.