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Endometriosis Specialist

For women with abnormal bleeding or problems like endometriosis, Endometrial Ablation may be the solution. At Mid-Kansas Women's Center PA in Wichita, KS, the OB/GYNs are ready to design customized solutions for bleeding.

Endometriosis Q & A

What is Endometrial Ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a procedure that removes the endometrium, better known as the uterine lining. This is the lining that is shed each month in the form of a period. Since there is no more lining after an endometrial ablation, the uterus can't accumulate blood any longer.

Why is Endometrial Ablation Needed?

Patients who need endometrial ablation are typically those who suffer from chronically heavy periods and period pain.

Which Women Are a Good Candidates for Endometrial Ablation?

This procedure may be a good alternative for women who wish to eliminate their difficult periods without having to have a hysterectomy. Any woman who suffers from non-cancerous heavy bleeding may find that endometrial ablation is a good potential solution. This procedure is typically recommended only for women who don't plan to have more children. Although endometrial ablation does not remove the uterus, it can have a negative impact on fertility.

What is the Endometrial Ablation Recovery Process?

The endometrial ablation procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and patients can expect a rapid recovery. Pain after an endometrial ablation is typically quite minor. Over the counter medications like ibuprofen are typically sufficient to address pain after an endometrial ablation. Many patients experience vaginal discharge for up to a month after the endometrial ablation procedure, but in general, there are no serious side effects for the great majority of patients. Most patients are able to return to their job and their usual routine only a day or two after an endometrial ablation.

Do Women Continue to Have Periods After an Endometrial Ablation?

This can vary by patient. It usually takes two to three cycles to determine what the new average period will be like. The majority of women have light to normal periods after an endometrial ablation, and more than 40 percent of women entirely stop having periods.