Capital Women's Care
OBGYNs & Gynecologists located in Frederick, MD & Mount Airy, MD
Endometrial ablation is sometimes the best option for women who have persistent abnormal bleeding that doesn’t respond to other treatments. The experienced physicians at Capital Women's Care offer endometrial ablation to patients in Frederick, Mount Airy & Urbana, Maryland. To learn more about this treatment, contact the offices today.
Endometrial Ablation Q & A
What’s endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure in which the doctor destroys the lining of the uterus to treat abnormal bleeding. No incisions are necessary during this procedure.
How do doctors perform endometrial ablation?
Before performing endometrial ablation, the doctor widens the cervix so that the instruments can pass through to uterus easily. The doctor may widen the patient’s cervix using a medication or by inserting special rods designed for this purpose. Once the cervix is open, the doctor uses 1 or more techniques to destroy the uterine lining. Patients may be under regional or general anesthesia during the procedure.
When is endometrial ablation necessary?
The doctors at Capital Women's Care recommend endometrial ablation when a patient is experiencing severe abnormal bleeding that doesn’t respond to other treatments. Once the lining of the uterus has been destroyed, the abnormal bleeding usually stops.
What are the risks of endometrial ablation?
Some of the risks of endometrial ablation include bad reactions to anesthesia, punctures of the uterine wall, damage to nearby organs, pain, bleeding, and infection. However, the doctors who perform this procedure at Capital Women's Care are experienced, and complications from endometrial ablation are rare.
What should women expect after endometrial ablation?
After endometrial ablation, most women notice a significant reduction in uterine bleeding. In some cases, uterine bleeding may even stop entirely.
Can patients get pregnant after endometrial ablation?
Pregnancy may be possible after endometrial ablation, but it isn’t recommended. If a patient gets pregnant after this procedure, the risk of complications during the pregnancy is high. Endometrial ablation destroys the lining of the uterus, making it unsuitable to support a pregnancy. In most cases, a pregnancy that occurs after endometrial ablation will end in miscarriage. In addition, a history of endometrial ablation may raise the risk of ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the embryo implants outside of the uterus.
Because of the risks associated with a pregnancy after endometrial ablation, Capital Women’s Care recommends that patients who undergo this procedure consider permanent birth control, such as sterilization. Alternatively, patients may opt for a long-lasting contraception instead.
Billing & Insurance
We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see, or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Not all providers participate with all insurance plans. We do not accept Medicaid. Don't hesitate to call if you have questions.
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