Endometrial ablation

This operation is performed for women with heavy periods. It is a day case procedure performed under general anaesthetic. The aim is to remove the lining of the uterus to help periods. It has a success rate in the order of 90%.

It is an excellent surgical option for women that have completed their family.
This operation is performed by the vaginal route. Under anaesthetic, the cervix is gently dilated to allow passage of the ablation probe. The active treatment phase only takes up to two minutes.

You will be able to go home the same day and you will need to take one week off work. It is common to have a red/ brown vaginal discharge for up to four weeks.

Mr Webster will see you in his follow up clinic 6 weeks after surgery.
Any operation carries a risk of bleeding, infection and thrombosis. Special precautions will be taken to try to prevent these.

Specific to endometrial ablation there is a risk of uterine perforation of 1-2%. In the event of a suspected uterine perforation, a laparoscopy will be performed whist you are asleep to exclude any bowel injury.

There is also a small chance that the ablation cannot be completed because the machine used has to pass a “cavity assessment” phase after the probe is entered into the uterus.

You are in good hands....