Endometrial Ablation in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan
Women who have unusually heavy periods may benefit from endometrial ablation in Detroit and southeastern Michigan. The caring women’s health physicians at DMC Medical Group provide this procedure for women who experience a period where they need to change their pad or tampon every two hours or less, have bleeding that lasts longer than eight days, or who have anemia from excessive blood loss. We provide services in Bingham Farms, Bloomfield Hills, Commerce Township, Dearborn, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Hartland, and Livonia.
If prescribing medication, other therapies, or an intrauterine device (IUD) does not help to reduce menstrual bleeding, an endometrial ablation procedure in Detroit may be the next step. However, this procedure is not recommended for women who:
- Have certain abnormalities of the uterus
- Have cancer of the uterus
- Are at an increased risk of uterine cancer
- Have an active pelvic infection
- Are post-menopausal
This procedure can often be done in an outpatient setting, though factors such as the size and condition of the uterus will determine which endometrial method is appropriate and whether it requires a hospital visit. Endometrial ablation reduces or even stops menstrual flow by surgically destroying the lining of the uterus. No incisions are needed for this procedure, which is performed by inserting slender tools through the passageway between the vagina and the cervix. The tools will vary depending on the method used for the ablation, and methods may include cold, heated fluids, microwave energy, or high-energy radiofrequencies.
While complications from endometrial ablation are rare, they can include pain, bleeding, or infection, heat or cold damage to nearby organs, or a puncture injury to the uterine wall. Pregnancy is still possible after this procedure, though the pregnancy may be higher risk to the mother and the baby, with risks including miscarriage due to damage to the lining of the uterus, or the occurrence of an ectopic pregnancy. Long-lasting contraception or sterilization is recommended to prevent pregnancy after an endometrial ablation, and some types of sterilization procedures can be performed at the same time as the primary procedure.
If you are experiencing extremely heavy menstrual periods and are considering an endometrial ablation, the women’s health physicians at DMC Medical Group can go over your options and discuss whether this is an ideal procedure for you. Call us today at (888) 542-7028 to schedule a consultation with the compassionate and knowledgeable women’s health providers at one of our practices.