Six Things to Know About Endometrial Ablation in Scottsdale
Did you know that about one in five women in the country experiences a heavy period that wreaks havoc on their everyday lives? If that sounds like you, read on for answers to questions about NovaSure endometrial ablation in Scottsdale. It’s a procedure that could help ease your symptoms and these six questions can help you decide if it’s right for you.
What is NovaSure endometrial ablation?
NovaSure endometrial ablation is a procedure that can reduce – or even halt – menstrual bleeding. It works by removing the lining of the uterus with a quick delivery of radiofrequency energy.
Who should consider the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure?
If you suffer from heavy periods that interfere with your life and are sure you don’t want any children in the future, the procedure may be worth considering. Just like with any medical condition, you should consult your doctor first to get to the bottom of the issues you are experiencing.
Will I need an incision in my abdomen for the procedure?
No! NovaSure endometrial ablation in Scottsdale is less invasive than most major surgical procedures and involves just a few steps. The doctor opens your cervix slightly and inserts a slender wand, extending a triangular netted device into the uterus.
A vacuum system then draws your uterus into contact with the netting, and radiofrequency energy is delivered through the netting for a period of about 90 seconds. The netting device is pulled back into the wand, and the device is then removed from the uterus.
If I have a NovaSure endometrial ablation, is it possible I could still become pregnant?
Yes, it is. Pregnancy following the NovaSure procedure can be dangerous for both the mother and the fetus. If you are considering the procedure, it is important to talk to your doctor regarding a method of birth control ahead of time.
Have women who have had the procedure been happy with the results?
A clinical study shows that 95% of patients were satisfied with the results and 97% said they would recommend NovaSure to a friend. Doctors prefer the NovaSure procedure too – nearly 7 out of every 10 endometrial ablations performed are NovaSure procedures. In fact, over 2 million women have had the procedure.
Are there risks that I should consider?
Like all medical procedures, you should discuss the benefits and potential risks with your doctor to ensure you are a good candidate. NovaSure endometrial ablation in Scottsdale is for premenopausal women who experience heavy periods (due to benign causes), and who are finished childbearing.
Pregnancy following NovaSure can be dangerous. NovaSure endometrial ablation is not for those who currently have or suspect uterine cancer, have an active genital, urinary or pelvic infection or an IUD.
NovaSure is not a sterilization procedure. Rare but serious risks include – but are not limited to – thermal injury, perforation, and infection. Temporary side effects may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, discharge, and spotting.
Want to determine if you’re a candidate for NovaSure endometrial ablation in Scottsdale? We can help! Call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s get you out of pain.