If you suffer from chronic heavy bleeding, the effects can have a far-reaching impact on your life. Not only are the pain and discomfort major factors, but the hassle of dealing with messy periods can be a regular source of anxiety. At Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions, Francisco Garcini, MD, has extensive experience helping women put a stop to heavy bleeding with endometrial ablations. This in-office procedure has helped many of his patients in New Lenox, Illinois, return to a normal life -- free from heavy bleeding. If you’d like to explore how an endometrial ablation can help you, call the office or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.
Your uterus has a lining called an endometrium. Every month, this lining swells and thickens with blood and nutrients in anticipation of a fertilized egg. When the egg doesn’t arrive, the lining sloughs off and exits as your monthly period, so that your uterus can ready itself for another cycle.
For women who experience heavy bleeding that’s resistant to other treatments, Dr. Garcini recommends an endometrial ablation, where he removes the lining of your uterus through a simple, in-office procedure.
With this technique, Dr. Garcini avoids more invasive measures, such as a hysterectomy, and the ablation is highly effective in reducing and even stopping, your abnormal bleeding.
Dr. Garcini uses an endometrial ablation to lighten or put a halt to, abnormal or heavy bleeding, which is often caused by conditions like endometriosis.
But before Dr. Garcini recommends this procedure, he checks to make sure that the abnormal bleeding isn’t brought on by other problems that he needs to address first, such as uterine fibroids, endometrial polyps, or malignancies of your uterus.
To rule out these possibilities, or to confirm a diagnosis, Dr. Garcini generally performs a hysteroscopy to examine your uterus and take a tissue sample for biopsy.
It’s important to note, too, that you should only turn to an endometrial ablation if you’re finished having children.
If Dr. Garcini finds that an endometrial ablation is the best treatment for your problem, he can perform the procedure in his office on an outpatient basis.
For endometrial ablations, Dr. Garcini uses the NovaSure® system, which takes less than an hour, and you’re free to go home afterward. After giving you a mild sedative or local anesthetic, Dr. Garcini inserts a tube into your uterus through your vagina. The tube is equipped with a wire mesh, which he releases once inside.
Once the mesh covers the inner walls of your uterus, Dr. Garcini runs radiofrequency energy through it for 90 seconds. When he’s finished, he removes the mesh with the same tool, and you’re free to go home.
This process effectively destroys your endometrium, which should greatly reduce, and even eliminate, your monthly periods.
To find out whether an endometrial ablation is right for you, call Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.