Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial Ablation Melbourne

What is endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is one of several non-hormonal treatment options of heavy periods.

What are the different types of endometrial ablation?

First generation (using a resectoscope) or second generation devices (such as NovaSure) deliver energy inside the uterus, and destroy (ablate) the internal lining (endometrium) of the uterus. Most women have much lighter periods, and many have no periods at all after endometrial ablation.

How is endometrial ablation performed?

It is usually done under general anaesthetic as a day procedure, with no incision, and a 1-2 day recovery period. If permanent contraception such as tubal ligation (a laparoscopic procedure) is offered at the same time, recovery may take up to 1 week. Permanent contraception is recommended to prevent pregnancy in the abnormal ablated endometrium.

What are the potential risks of endometrial ablation?

All surgery, including minimally invasive surgery such as endometrial ablation, presents risk. Suitability, pros and cons of endometrial ablation, and alternative treatment options of heavy periods need to be discussed with your gynaecologist.

Potential risks of endometrial ablation include:

  • infection (to the uterus, or bladder)
  • bleeding
  • uterine perforation (with potential to damaging the surrounding organs such as bladder or bowel)
  • fluid overload and electrolyte disturbances (when using resectoscope)

Who should consider endometrial ablation as an option?

Endometrial ablation is suitable for women who:

  • wants to avoid hormonal therapy (such as contraceptive pill, progesterone, or progesterone containing intrauterine device)
  • wants to avoid hysterectomy
  • have completed their family

Who should avoid having endometrial ablation as an option?

Endometrial ablation is not suitable for women who:

  • have not completed their family
  • have endometrial hyperplasia or cancer
  • have adenomyosis
  • have abnormal endometrial cavity and shape, either from structural abnormalities of the uterus or fibroids
  • want complete amenorrhoea (no period at all) – only hysterectomy achieves this
  • want to avoid any surgery

The different treatment options are offered depending on your age, your medical condition, your fertility wishes, and personal preference

Further Information

Link to AGES Patient Information Video on Endometrial Ablation.

Endometrial Ablation (Menorrhagia Treatment) Melbourne
Dr Kent Kuswanto

Main rooms located in Epworth Freemasons in East Melbourne. Also available for consults in Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg, Epworth Eastern in Box Hill, and Women’s Health Hub in Werribee.