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Ablation in Denver
Heavy menstrual bleeding, also known as menorrhagia, can cause pain, discomfort, and inconvenience for the many women who experience it. In some cases, heavy bleeding can be so severe that it can interfere with your normal activities or lead to health concerns, such as anemia.
At the Women’s Health Group, we offer a procedure known as an endometrial ablation. An ablation is surgery that destroys the lining of the uterus, reducing or even stopping menstrual flow — helping women regain their comfort and wellness.
Why Is Ablation Done?
Endometrial ablation is often done to treat heavy periods or menorrhagia, which is the medical term for periods that are excessively heavy or long. It is usually done in women who have completed childbearing and do not wish to have any more children. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant in the future.
Ablation may be used to treat:
Signs and Symptoms of Menorrhagia
Menorrhagia, or abnormally heavy periods, can significantly impact a woman’s life. Though the pain and discomfort are not constant, the excessive blood loss can lead to long-term impacts such as anemia.
Many women have heavy bleeding from their first menstrual period. For others, heavy periods may develop over time. It’s important to discuss heavy menstrual flow with your doctor, especially if it is new or causing you issues.
Some of the symptoms women with menorrhagia may experience include:
- Changing pads or tampons every hour for more than one day
- Passing large blood clots
- Changing pads at night
- Periods that last longer than seven days
- Missing out on activities because of cramps or heavy flow
- Feeling tired or short of breath
How Does Ablation Work?
Several different methods can be used to perform endometrial ablation, and the specific technique we choose will depend on various factors, including a woman's medical history. Some of the methods we use for endometrial ablation are:
- Generating heat with laser or radiofrequency energy
- Freezing the endometrium using a cryoprobe
- Removing the endometrium using a small scraper or a brush
Regardless of the specific method used, endometrial ablation is typically performed on an outpatient basis. It is usually done under local anesthesia and takes less than an hour to complete.
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There are several types of endometrial ablation, including:
- Thermal ablation, which uses heat to destroy the endometrium
- Hydrothermal ablation, which uses a combination of heat and water to destroy the endometrium
- Radiofrequency ablation, which uses radio waves to destroy the endometrium
- Cryoablation, which uses extreme cold to destroy the endometrium
- Laser ablation, which uses a laser to destroy the endometrium