In-Office Endometrial Ablation Specialist

Center for Women's Health

OB-GYNs located in Wichita, KS

For women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, often caused by endometriosis, endometrial ablation may be necessary. Our providers have extensive experience regarding women’s gynecological issues: she offers laser-based treatments, radiofrequency procedures, and more. Our providers are proud to offer in-office endometrial ablation at the Center for Women’s Health in Wichita, Kansas.

In-Office Endometrial Ablation Q & A

Center for Women's Health

What is endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is an in-office, minimally invasive procedure meant to minimize heavy menstrual bleeding without any need for hormones or hysterectomy. This procedure is safe and does not require incisions. The procedure can be done comfortably in the Center for Women’s Health's offices and involves almost no downtime. Endometrial ablation often results in periods that become much lighter or stop altogether. Our providers use endometrial ablation specifically for vaginal bleeding that remains heavy and prolonged when:

  • other treatments haven’t slowed bleeding
  • childbearing is finished
  • the patient prefers not to have a hysterectomy
  • other medical problems prevent a hysterectomy

What is the surgery like?

Endometrial ablation surgery eliminates, or “ablates,” the uterine lining to treat abnormal uterine bleeding. Often, a lighted viewing instrument, called a hysteroscope, is used for a better visual inside the uterus. Endometrial ablation can be performed by:

  • Laser thermal ablation
  • Heat
  • Radiofrequency
  • Thermal balloon ablation which uses a balloon filled with saline solution heated to 85°C (185°F)
  • Electricity, using a resectoscope with a loop or rolling ball electrode

Endometrial ablation is done in-office and takes up to 45 minutes to complete. The procedure may be done using a local, spinal, or general anesthesia. After the procedure, the endometrium heals with scar tissue, which will reduce or prevent uterine bleeding.

What happens after surgery?

After the procedure is complete, the patient may feel some side effects like cramping, nausea, or vaginal discharge. It can take anywhere from several days to a few weeks to fully recover from endometrial ablation. Following endometrial ablation procedure, many women's menstrual flow is reduced or stops altogether.

Often, younger women don’t respond as well as older women to the endometrial ablation treatment. After the endometrial ablation procedure, younger women are more likely to continue with their periods and may need a repeat the process. If this occurs, our providers will use gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs (GnRH-As) for 1-3 months before the next endometrial ablation procedure. The GnRH-As will decrease the production of estrogen and help thin the lining of the uterus, making the treatment more efficient.

Call the offices to get answers to questions or concerns about the in-office endometrial ablation.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Center for Women's Health, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
American Republic Insurance
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Cigna
Coventry
Freedom Life
GEHA PPO
Kancare
Medicare
Tricare
United Healthcare