Endometrial Ablation: Non-surgical Alternative To Hysterectomy
One hysterectomy is performed every fifty seconds in the United States,
making it one of the most frequently performed operations for women. A
hysterectomy, which involves the removal of the uterus, sometimes includes
the removal of the ovaries, cervix and fallopian tubes as well.
But at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, a much simpler procedure is now being offered for
women who undergo hysterectomy to treat excessive menstrual or uterine
bleeding. Called "endometrial ablation" (EA), the procedure involves
removing only the lining of a woman's uterus using warmed water.
Studies show that endometrial ablation can prevent more than 80% of
currently performed hysterectomies. In contrast to a hysterectomy, the
ablation procedure can be performed in a gynecologist's office or as an
outpatient surgery. Anesthesia is used, however, patients do not need to have
With a hysterectomy, most women require up to 8 weeks for recovery. However,
most women who undergo endometrial ablation are able to return to normal
activities within 2-3 days.
For more information, please call 908-994-5453.
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