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Endometrial Ablation

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

When medication or other therapies do not control your heavy bleeding, you may be a good candidate for endometrial ablation. At RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology, the gynecologists offer on-site endometrial ablation procedures to address the root cause of your abnormal or heavy bleeding. At their Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, locations, the skilled staff provides comprehensive care to protect your uterine health. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more about the benefits of endometrial ablation.

Endometrial Ablation Q & A

What is endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a procedure to destroy a thin layer in the lining of your uterus to control heavy bleeding. It’s often the last resort for treating heavy bleeding if medications aren’t working well enough.

You may need an endometrial ablation to address conditions like:

  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine infection
  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy, painful periods

Following an endometrial ablation, you may not be able to become pregnant or, if you do, your risk for having a miscarriage may increase. For this reason, the ablation procedure is usually not an option for women who want to have children in the future.

What does endometrial ablation involve?

The RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology staff performs on-site endometrial ablation procedures for your convenience and provides instructions to prepare you for the procedure during your initial consultation. 

They also review your medical history, existing health issues, and your plans for children before recommending ablation.

The RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology team uses several methods to perform endometrial ablation. They insert a slender probe into the vagina and guide it into your uterus. 

The probe delivers energy to destroy a layer of the uterine lining. Depending on your needs, the medical staff may use sources like:

  • Heat energy
  • Freezing technology
  • Radiofrequency energy

By destroying a layer of your uterine lining, the RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology providers can help you achieve lighter, more manageable periods.

How long does it take to recover from endometrial ablation?

In general, your recovery from an endometrial ablation should only take a day or two. You may experience side effects following the procedure, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Vaginal discharge

Some women also feel the need to urinate more frequently for 1-2 days after ablation.

There is a small risk for infection after endometrial ablation, so it’s important you report any discomfort, pain, or excessive bleeding to the RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology team as soon as possible.

If you have unexplained heavy bleeding or a chronic condition, like endometriosis, schedule an endometrial ablation consultation with the doctors at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology today using the online booking feature or by calling the office nearest you.