Endometrial ablation is an outpatient surgical procedure using a heat source to destroy the uterine lining (endometrium) while leaving the uterus intact. The uterine lining sheds for several days following the procedure, much like it would during menstruation. Scar tissue then forms, and monthly menstrual flow and any accompanying pain typically decrease, often dramatically.
Shoemaker Gynecology performs endometrial ablations using the GYNECARE THERMACHOICE® Uterine Balloon Therapy System. During the procedure, a small silicone balloon is inserted into the uterus, then filled with a saline solution and gently heated to treat the lining of your uterus. The procedure itself lasts about ten minutes, and in most cases, patients can resume their normal activities within a day or two.
Endometrial ablation is not recommended for women who may wish to become pregnant in the future, because the likelihood of pregnancy is significantly decreased following the procedure. Additionally, pregnancies following ablation can be dangerous for both mother and baby.