If you are one of the many women living with menstrual pain and the nuisance of heavy periods, considering all of the different treatment options may seem overwhelming. Both hysterectomy and endometrial ablation in Scottsdale have proven to be effective at relieving heavy menstrual bleeding. So, what are the factors that compel women to choose one procedure over the other?
Endometrial Ablation in Scottsdale
Similar to hysterectomy, endometrial ablation is an option for women who are finished with their childbearing years. This common medical procedure has been proven to either lessen or even stop bleeding while giving women the choice of keeping their uterus.
When a woman has a period, the blood that is expelled by her body is the endometrial lining of the uterus. During the endometrial ablation procedure, the endometrial lining is intentionally removed so that bleeding stops.
This treatment for severe bleeding is an outpatient procedure performed with a thin tube that lights up and examines the uterus, along with another device that takes out the endometrial lining.
Women who choose endometrial ablation in Scottsdale are typically those who are interested in trying another option before getting a hysterectomy or delaying a hysterectomy. It is considered by some women to be a short-term solution to their heavy bleeding, as the procedure at times needs to be redone or may eventually lead to a hysterectomy. But most women find that the treatment remains successful for several years or more.
Recovery for endometrial ablation in Scottsdale is usually complete within a couple of days and most women are able to return to work much sooner than if they had opted for a hysterectomy. The results of endometrial ablation may be realized immediately, but most often it may take a few months.
When the lining of your uterus is absent, it is highly unlikely that a fertilized egg will be able to embed into your uterus, making it unlikely that you can get pregnant. Pregnancy post-ablation is uncommon, but still possible, and it can be risky. Because of this, premenopausal women who are sexually active should use birth control following an endometrial ablation for heavy periods.
Hysterectomy for Heavy Bleeding
Hysterectomy for heavy menstrual bleeding is a surgical procedure that removes all or part of the uterus. There are a few different types of hysterectomy:
- A partial hysterectomy removes just the upper part of the uterus while leaving the cervix in place.
- A total hysterectomy removes the whole uterus and the cervix.
- A radical hysterectomy removes the whole uterus, the tissue on both sides of the cervix, and the upper part of the vagina.
Although a hysterectomy can be performed with a minimally-invasive procedure, it is still considered to be major surgery and requires a surgical incision. Similar to endometrial ablation in Scottsdale, the procedure can be performed in an outpatient setting.
The recovery time from a minimally-invasive hysterectomy is much less than a traditional hysterectomy. In fact, most women are able to return to work in less than one week. Heavy menstrual bleeding is fixed immediately the following hysterectomy because the uterus is no longer present to cause periods.
This makes hysterectomy the ultimate long-term solution for heavy periods. Following a hysterectomy, there is no chance of pregnancy.
If you are tired of dealing with the pain and burden of heavy bleeding and want to know if endometrial ablation in Scottsdale is an option for you, call our office today to schedule a consultation.