The Basics of Endometrial Ablation

 

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Dr Keith Reisler
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Keith Reisler, MD, of Plano, TX, has over 30 years of training in obstetrics and gynecology. The services offered at Dr. Keith Reisler’s practice are comprehensive. Whether educating women about preventative care, discussing various gynecological problems, providing prenatal care, or performing a variety of non-invasive procedures, Dr. Reisler is committed to the health and healing of his patients. One of the non-invasive procedures performed at his Plano, TX, office is endometrial ablation.

Endometrial ablation is a procedure that is used to treat women who suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding. When medications or an intrauterine device do not help unusually heavy or long periods, ablation may be recommended. The procedure ablates, or destroys, the endometrial lining of the uterus, thereby greatly reducing or even stopping menstrual cycles.

Novasure endometrial ablation involves inserting a slender wand into a woman’s dilated cervix. Once the wand is in place, a netted device is extended from the wand and expands to fit the uterus. A precise measure of radiofrequency energy is delivered through the netting for about 90 seconds. The netting is then drawn back into the wand and the device is removed. The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes and can be performed as an outpatient procedure.

Even though pregnancy can occur following endometrial ablation, it can be very risky for both mother and baby due to the decreased thickness of the endometrial lining. Therefore, miscarriage can result. Long-term contraception is recommended for those that undergo the procedure.