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What is an endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a gynecological procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus in order to decrease the amount of bleeding during menstruation. Different methods are available, including the use of heat, cold, microwave energy or high-evergy radio frequencies.

Endometrial ablation is an operation that is not recommended for women who want to bear children. It can reduce or stop abnormal uterine bleeding by using electrical energy, heat or cold to destroy the endometrium (tissue lining the inside of the uterus).

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Endometrial ablation damages cells in the uterine lining to keep them from growing back.

An endometrial ablation is a minor surgical procedure that treats heavy or abnormal periods. The procedure destroys the lining of the uterus to prevent heavy menstrual bleeding and takes just 5 to 10 minutes. This uncomplicated procedure has minimal recovery—most women will be able to return to work on the very next day after the procedure—and can be very effective for patients with heavy or abnormal periods. It’s a good choice for any patient with this problem, but especially for women who want to avoid hormone treatment or for women who cannot take hormones for a medical reason. The goal of endometrial ablation is to return periods to normal, but many women will have no bleeding at all one year after this surgery.

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