An endometrial ablation is a procedure that’s used to treat abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding in women. During the procedure, a thin layer of the uterus’ inner lining is removed. This usually stops or lightens women’s menstrual bleeding. One of the best-known endometrial ablation procedures is called NovaSure® Endometrial Ablation.
NovaSure endometrial ablation is simply a specific endometrial ablation procedure. It’s one of the most common endometrial ablation procedures because it’s simple, effective, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
A NovaSure endometrial ablation doesn’t take long at all. The entire procedure can be completed in just a few minutes, and it can be done right in a doctor’s office. It’s an outpatient procedure, so women are free to go home or to work after it’s over.
Women who have heavy menstrual bleeding may be a good candidate for an endometrial ablation, but there are some medical considerations that should be taken into account. For instance, women who want to become pregnant or have gone through menopause might not be good candidates for the procedure. Women should talk with their gynecologist or OB/GYN about their specific symptoms, health conditions, and life stage to see whether the procedure is right for them.
For those who are good candidates, an endometrial ablation has advantages over both a hysterectomy and hormone therapy. An endometrial ablation is a simpler procedure than a hysterectomy, so the recovery period is shorter. The procedure may also cost less than a more involved hysterectomy although whether this is a major consideration for patients may depend on their health insurance coverage. The procedure also avoids the potential side effects that hormonal treatments can cause.
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