Endometrial ablation is a procedure for women suffering from excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding who have not responded to other treatments and cannot or does not wish to undergo a hysterectomy. Endometrial ablation removes or destroys the uterine lining (endometrium) while leaving the ovaries and actual uterus intact. The endometrium heals by scarring, which reduces or stops future uterine bleeding.
An endometrial ablation is a short outpatient procedure performed in our clinic. Recovery time is typically 1-2 days. Symptoms you may experience afterwards are cramping and a small amount of watery discharge mixed with blood. Because endometrial ablation destroys the lining of the uterus, the procedure is not for women who still wish to become pregnant.