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What are common procedures in an endometrial ablation?

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The most common are:

  • Hydrothermal: Your doctor gently pumps fluid into your uterus, then heats it. After 10 minutes, this destroys your uterine lining.
  • Balloon therapy: Your doctor guides a thin tube with a special balloon on the end into your uterus. Heated fluid fills the balloon, which then expands and breaks up the lining.
  • High-energy radio waves: Your doctor puts electrical mesh into your uterus and expands it. Then energy and heat sent by strong radio waves damage the lining, which your doctor removes with suction.
  • Freezing: A thin probe with a very cold tip freezes off the lining of your uterus. Your doctor may call this “cryoablation.”
  • Microwave: A special wand applies microwave energy to your uterine lining, which destroys it.
  • Electrical: Your doctor can use an electric current to destroy the lining of your uterus, but this method isn’t as commonly used as the others.

From: What is Endometrial Ablation? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Frequently Asked Questions: Endometrial Ablation.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine/ReproductiveFacts.org: “Fact Sheet: Endometrial Ablation.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

Mayo Clinic: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Women’s Health Concern: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Frequently Asked Questions: Endometrial Ablation.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine/ReproductiveFacts.org: “Fact Sheet: Endometrial Ablation.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

Mayo Clinic: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Women’s Health Concern: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 2, 2019

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