The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and takes around thirty minutes. Usually you will be admitted as a day case, meaning that you should be able to go home on the same day. The operation can take place at any time during your cycle.
In most cases Mr Curtis will use the NovaSure system to perform the procedure. After slightly dilating your cervix and inserting a slender wand, a triangular mesh device is inserted into the uterus. The mesh device gently expands, conforming to the dimensions of your uterine cavity. Precisely measured radio frequency is delivered through the mesh for approximately 90 seconds. The mesh device is retracted back into the wand and both are removed from your uterus.
You will probably notice some vaginal bleeding followed by discharge after the procedure which will gradually decrease over the next few weeks. A lot of patients are able to return to work within one or two days but you will probably have some discomfort for a few days for which you can take over the counter pain relief.
Most women report very good results following this procedure with a significant improvement in menstrual bleeding and related symptoms.
Up to 20% of women in the UK suffer with heavy menstrual bleeding and for most women, putting up with heavy periods, cramping, passing large clots and other associated symptoms just becomes the way or life or what they class as "normal". This can have a profound effect on their ability to continue with every day life due to the way that if affects them both physically and emotionally.
An endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure which destroys the lining of the womb (endometrium) and prevents it from thickening during the menstrual cycle, thus significantly reducing the heaviness of periods. For some women periods may even stop completely.
An endometrial ablation is not suitable for women still wishing to have children in the future.