If you’re limited or embarrassed by heavy bleeding during your periods, you might be a candidate for endometrial ablation. At Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology, the gynecology team uses the effective NovaSure® endometrial ablation system to treat heavy periods. This radiofrequency technology can successfully reduce bleeding or stop your periods for good. Find out if endometrial ablation with NovaSure is right for you by calling the Fort Worth, Texas, office or booking a consultation online today.
What is endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to destroy the endometrium (uterine lining) and treat heavy menstrual bleeding. The endometrial lining is what you shed when you have a period.
The Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology team offers in-office endometrial ablation using NovaSure technology for women who don’t find relief from heavy periods with an intrauterine device (IUD) or other therapies.
Because this treatment can affect your fertility, the team only recommends endometrial ablation if you no longer want children but aren’t yet in menopause.
The team performs a comprehensive evaluation of your uterus during a pelvic exam and may also use ultrasound technology to determine if you’re a candidate for endometrial ablation.
What happens during an endometrial ablation?
Your Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology physician will insert the NovaSure instrument through your vaginal opening during your endometrial ablation procedure. The device delivers precise amounts of radiofrequency energy into your uterus to destroy the endometrium.
The procedure lasts about five minutes, and you won’t need general anesthesia, surgical incisions, or stitches. NovaSure is both safe and effective and has minimal risk for side effects.
How long does it take to recover from endometrial ablation?
Immediately following your endometrial ablation with NovaSure, you may develop cramps similar to those you have during your period. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers to relieve cramping.
Vaginal discharge and light bleeding are also common side effects of endometrial ablation. These issues should go away within a few days; however, you may feel like you need to urinate more often during the first day or two after your procedure.
The team at Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology discusses how long it can take to see endometrial ablation results. Typically, it takes several months to see the full benefit of treatment, but you can notice lighter periods soon after. Eventually, you might stop having periods altogether.
NovaSure offers a high success rate, with 77.7% of women enjoying reduced bleeding or stopped periods within a year of treatment.
To find out if endometrial ablation with NovaSure is a treatment option for you, call Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology or book a consultation online today.