Choosing Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys (ablates) the inside lining of the uterus (womb) or endometrium. This procedure is used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding such as heavy periods. It is often done with hysteroscopy (insertion of small lighted camera into the womb) or after hysteroscopy has been performed. There are several types of ablation. They all use some type of energy or heat to take out just the inside lining of the uterus. After the procedure, the endometrium (lining) heals by scarring with generally reduces or eliminates a woman’s periods.

One out of every five women report that they have very heavy periods. At SOGA we perform either NovaSure (patient brochure) or Thermachoice (patient brochure) ablations for our patients opting for minimally invasive surgery to control their bleeding. Other options for treating heavy periods include medications and more major surgeries such as hysterectomy. In order to ensure that you have the desired response from your procedure, your SOGA physician (Dr. Anne Doll-Pollard or Dr. Bonnie Gelly) will perform a pre-procedure exam and review all of your options with you. We perform all of our procedures in an outpatient surgery setting in order to ensure that patients are comfortable during the procedure.

Endometrial Ablation FAQs

What will my periods be like after an ablation?

90% of women who have had an ablation report very light periods and up to 50% will not have periods at all.

What is recovery like after an ablation procedure?

We typically suggest patients schedule an ablation near the end of the week so they can be back to work by Monday. Most women need 1-2 days of recovery downtime.

Is there pain after the procedure?

Cramping can be common after an ablation procedure. Your physician will often times prescribe a mild pain medication to be used for a couple of days.

Where does SOGA perform endometrial ablations?

Our SOGA physicians offer ablations at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, HSHS Holy Family in Greenville, Edwardsville Ambulatory Surgery Center in Glen Carbon, Anderson and Fayette County Hospital.