Do you plan vacations or special events around your cycle? Is your cycle irregular or very heavy? Do you often stay at home or miss work because of heavy or painful periods? If so, then an Endometrial Ablation may be right for you. There are 3 main ablation methods.
Gynecare Thermachoice® III
Gynecare Thermachoice® III Uterine Balloon Therapy System is a thermal balloon ablation device intended to ablate the endometrial lining of the uterus in premenopausal women with menorrhagia (excessive uterine bleeding) due to benign causes for whom child-bearing is complete.
Indicated for menorrhagia AND shown to reduce dysmenorrhea as a secondary quality-of-life end point.
In outcome data from the FDA clinical study for GYNECARE THERMACHOICE® III:
- 81% of patients returned to normal levels of menstrual bleeding or lower
- 37% of patients experienced amenorrhea
- 89% of patients experienced a reduction in menstrual pain and cramping
HTA (Hydrothermal Ablation)
HTA allows minimally invasive treatment of excessive menstrual bleeding. Because the treatment relies on the circulation of heated saline, which fills the uterine cavity, it has the unique ability to treat even those women whose uterine cavities have abnormal shapes and also some with fibroids.
A small probe is inserted into the uterus that includes a tiny telescope to allow visualization of the uterine cavity while room temperature saline solution is circulated through the uterine cavity. The fluid is then gradually heated to treat the lining of the uterus (the endometrium); the change in color of the lining shows the effect of the treatment. At the completion of the treatment phase, cool saline solution replaces the heated fluid and then the instrument is removed.
HTA takes about 30 minutes and can be done under local or general anesthesia. In women who participated in FDA trials and provided follow-up information after one year, 40 percent had complete elimination of their menstrual period and another 42 percent said their menstrual bleeding decreased to normal or lower levels.
Most women are on their feet and back to their normal schedules within 48 hours. The most common side effect is cramping, which can usually be relieved by taking a common pain reliever for 24 hours before and after HTA.
One in five women live with very heavy periods. Periods that get in the way of everyday life. Periods that keep you from the people you love and the things you enjoy. NovaSure® is a one-time, 5-minute procedure that can lighten – or end your heavy period – without on-going pills and without hormonal side effects. For over 90% of women, menstrual bleeding is dramatically reduced or stopped. Maybe it’s time to step back into life. Learn More about NovaSure.
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