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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What do I need to know about endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation (EA) is a procedure to destroy the endometrium (lining of your uterus). You may need EA if you have heavy or abnormal vaginal bleeding.
How do I prepare for EA?
Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for the procedure. He may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your procedure. He will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your procedure.
What will happen during EA?
Your surgeon will widen the opening of your cervix with medicine or medical tools. He will use one of the following to destroy the lining of your uterus:
- Extremely hot fluid flushed into your uterus or delivered through a balloon at the end of a catheter
- Ice on the end of a probe to freeze the lining of your uterus
- Electric, microwave, or radiofrequency energy given off through a heated roller ball, wire loop, probe, or mesh device
What are the risks of EA?
- You may have nausea, vomiting, or abdominal cramps. You may have vaginal discharge and bleeding after the procedure. Your cervix, uterus, or nearby organs may be burned or damaged. A blockage may form that causes blood to pool inside your uterus.
- You may develop an infection in your vagina, urinary tract, or uterus. The infection may spread to other parts of your body. You may get a blood clot in your leg or arm. Your body may absorb too much fluid that was used to widen your uterus. This may cause brain swelling and damage. These may become life-threatening.
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