Over the years, endometrial ablation has become a fairly common procedure for women who experience irregular menstrual bleeding. It can be particularly helpful in cases where periods are especially heavy or long, leading to excessive blood loss and even anemia in some cases. While we normally field many questions about the recovery period following procedures like endometrial ablation, preparing beforehand is just as important. That’s why we wanted to discuss what you should do while preparing for endometrial ablation.
The first and most important step in preparing for endometrial ablation is selecting the right doctor to perform your procedure. Anyone considered should be a board-certified gynecologist with considerable experience performing endometrial ablations. Once this selection has been made, a thorough consultation appointment must take place. During this appointment, your gynecologist will discuss your procedure options, medical history, symptoms, and more to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs.
In the weeks leading up to endometrial ablation, there are steps that must be taken to ensure that you are a candidate to safely undergo the procedure. This includes performing a pregnancy check to confirm you are not pregnant, as an endometrial ablation cannot be performed in this scenario. A cancer screening to detect potential gynecological cancers in the cervix or uterus. If you have an intrauterine device (IUD) it must be removed before an ablation can be performed. In some cases, you may be prescribed medication in the weeks leading up to an endometrial ablation to help thin the uterine lining.
Don’t forget to prepare for your recovery as well. Even if recovery after endometrial ablation is typically simple, making arrangements for after your surgery is still very important. For instance, you will need to arrange a ride to and from the endometrial ablation procedure as well as any potential days you will need away from work and other normal daily responsibilities. Make sure to have the prescriptions you’ll need filled and prepare a comfortable place to rest and recuperate. You should be aware of potential side effects after the procedure including cramping, nausea, frequent urination, and a watery, bloody discharge that can last for a few days.
The safety and satisfaction of the women we treat are always our highest priority. When performed by our board-certified gynecologist, endometrial ablation can be a legitimately life-changing procedure for women who experience irregular menstrual bleeding. For more information or to request an appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more information, tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events. Our full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics is also on Instagram.