Endometrial ablation isa surgical procedure used for treating heavy periods which can be enhanced the riskof getting anemia (reduced amount of red blood cells). Endometrial ablation isperformed if other treatments such as taking medications or an intra-uterinesystem that have not shown positive results and reduces the bleeding. Thisprocedure can affect fertility and it is not advised for the women who areplanning of having children. Women who have growths in the womb should notconsider endometrial ablation.
If endometrial ablationis the best option for you, then your doctor will inform you about the procedure andrecommend the necessary precautions. Women who smoke are prone to get a woundinfection which would prolong the recovery. You may have to take some medications(orally or in an injection) in order to thin the womb lining. Your doctor willrecommend the best choice for anesthesia, because endometrial ablation can beperformed under total anesthesia or local anesthesia which is given into thecervix. Before the procedure of your blood, the urine and the blood pressure willbe tested. You will also have to sign a consent form, which is a common thingin hospitals. In some cases, you will be advised to put compression stockingswhich are useful in preventing the blood clot in the leg.
Endometrial ablationgenerally lasts for 30 minutes. A surgical instrument is slide through thecervix to the womb and the womb lining are removed. The womb lining can beremoved with a low voltage current, laser, heated fluid or microwaves.
After the surgery youwill stay in the hospital until you are ready to go home. You will need sometime to recover from anesthesia and you will be probably be given some painkillersafter the effect of anesthesia weakens. You should put some sanitary towelsbecause you will have the bleeding. You should not drive a car after leavinghospital. It would be good for you to have someone to be with you for the first24 hours.
After some time if youstill have pain, you should take some painkillers. If you had total anesthesia,your may feel dizzy and your reasoning skills can be affected. In this case youmust not drive, consume alcohol, sign any legal documents or do operateequipment which can hurt you or the others around you. Avoid tampons for atleast a month because they can cause an infection.