Endometrial ablation (also called endometriosis ablation, uterine ablation or uterine peritoneal ablation) is a treatment that removes the uterine lining by way of the endometrium.
The endometrial lining, also known as endometrium (endometrium after ablation), is removed from the ovaries in an attempt to stop the growth of cancerous tumors in the uterine cavity.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that lines the uterus grows abnormally and grows outside of the uterus in places such as the fallopian tubes. The ablation is a procedure that attempts to remove the abnormal growth by burning the tissues that are responsible for this growth and causing the abnormal growth to die off.
During this procedure, an electric current is passed through a tube which is inserted into the vagina, through the uterus, and into the uterine peritoneum. When this happens the endometrial tissue in the uterus is burned away causing it to fallopian tube shrink until it is no longer present. This causes the tubes to dilate allowing the egg to pass through the uterus into the fallopian tube.
This procedure can be performed on both men and women and the process involves burning off the endometrial tissue and scarring of the normal tissue to allow the uterus to become smaller. It is important to note that this procedure is usually painful and will leave an unsightly scar on the abdomen.
This procedure can also be used to treat pre-menopause symptoms like ovarian cancer and fibroids, where the abnormal growths are thought to have grown in the lining of the uterus, in the fallopian tubes, in the ovaries, in the pituitary gland, etc. In addition, the procedure can also be used to treat pelvic inflammatory disease.
Laparoscopy is the most common type of endometrial ablation used today. Laparoscopy involves inserting a flexible tube through the vagina into the abdominal cavity where the tube is connected to a light source. The tube is then used to burn away the abnormal tissue that has grown in the uterine wall to make the uterus smaller.
Laparoscopy has become increasingly common because of its safety and efficiency and has also gained popularity among women who have chronic pelvic pain. The most important thing to note when getting endometrial ablation done through laparoscopy is that the patient must go through a two-week waiting period between the surgery and the laparoscopy to allow for healing of the ablated tissue.
Laparoscopic endometrial ablation is a safe procedure and does not pose a risk of infection and there are few complications with this procedure. In the event that the ablation procedure goes wrong it is rare for a serious infection to occur. Most complications that have occurred are due to failure of the laparoscopic equipment or to the surgeon performing the procedure. These complications would include leakage of fluid from the incisions or a small hole in the abdomen due to an overhanging object or a malfunctioning of the laser equipment.
Laparoscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis in a hospital setting and patients should expect to be under general anesthesia. The surgery itself is relatively easy to perform and takes less than an hour depending on the size and location of the ablated tissue. An incision is made in the lower part of the abdomen and the ablated tissue is removed by a laparoscope.
Laparoscopy can be performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that patients can go home the day after the procedure. and return the following day to the same doctor for another laparoscopy. However, if you prefer not to wait for one more night at the hospital then you can always opt for an in-patient procedure.
Laparoscopy can also be done in the office and patients can be in and out of the office within a short amount of time. Although an in-office procedure takes longer to complete it is still less invasive than a hospital procedure and usually requires less recovery time. Because of the minimal recovery time it is still possible to return to work within a week’s time.
Laparoscopic endometrial ablation can be considered to be a safe, reliable procedure but it is important to remember that this is a surgical procedure and should only be performed by a professional who has years of experience. Make sure that you discuss any concerns with your doctor regarding endometrial ablation prior to the procedure and that you ask any and all questions before the procedure. The laparoscope is not something you can just put in without question. and you want to make sure you are comfortable during the procedure.