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Uterine Ablation Facts

Menorrhagia Facts

  • A common condition, especially for women in their 40s
  • Affects more than 10 million women in the United States
  • Characterized by very heavy periods that last more than seven days
  • Can be accompanied by anemia, fatigue, extreme cramps and back pain

Uterine Ablation

  • A less invasive, drastic alternative to hysterectomy
  • Sometimes called Endometrial Ablation or Uterine Balloon Therapy
  • An outpatient, same-day procedure for women who are past childbearing years
  • Minimally-invasive, requiring no incision
  • Typically takes about a half-hour to perform
  • During the procedure: A soft, flexible balloon is inserted into the uterine cavity through the vagina; the balloon is filled with water which is heated to a temperature high enough to burn and cauterize the lining of the uterus.

After the procedure:

Uterine Ablation has been shown to reduce menstrual flow by an average of 86%; In some cases, menstrual bleeding stops altogether.

  • Recovery is fast and most women return to their normal activities in just two or three days, and occasionally even as soon as the next day
  • The treated uterine lining sloughs off (like a period) over the seven days following the procedure

The result is drastically reduced (lighter) periods and no more worrying about profuse and potentially embarrassing bleeding

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