Freedom from Heavy Periods!
Do you suffer from heavy periods (called menorrhagia)? Do heavy periods get in the way of your daily activities? Did you know there is a new, safe, effective in office procedure to lighten and in some cases eliminate heavy periods?
General Information About the Cryoablation Procedure
Healthy Woman now offers our patients an alternative to hysterectomy called endometrial Cryoablation. The procedure is a 10-15 minute procedure performed under local anesthetic within the comfort of our office. Most patients can leave the office within 1 hour and experience little to no pain after the procedure.
How the Procedure Works
Cryoablation is a safe and effective procedure. The procedure uses sub-zero temperatures (Cryoablation) to reduce or eliminate excessive menstrual periods. The cold temperatures destroy the endometrium (your uterine lining), which is responsible for menstrual bleeding. When the endometrium is eliminated, there is less tissue to shed each period, and therefore, dramatically less or no menstrual bleeding.
If you are unfamiliar with Cryoablation, it may be comforting to know that it has been used for years in the treatment of uterine fibroids, prostate and liver cancer.
Other endometrial ablation processes use energy or heat to eliminate uterine lining. Unfortunately, heat ablation (also called thermal ablation) more often causes scarring that can make possible future cancer detection difficult. In addition, heat-based ablation often requires general anesthesia or IV sedation, expansion of the uterine cavity and dilation of the cervix.
If you are pre-menopausal, have completed childbearing, and if your excessive uterine bleeding is due to benign causes, Cryoablation may be the right option for you. Cryoablation is an extremely effective, safe, and easy procedure.
Consultation / Assessment
Every patient interested in Cryoablation will schedule a consultation appointment with one of our physicians. During the consult, you will be asked detailed medical history questions and discuss the actual procedure. Our physicians will determine if this procedure is right for you through a variety of diagnostic tests (including a consultation, ultrasound, endometrial biopsy, and blood work if indicated).
After reviewing the results of these tests, the physician will determine if you qualify as a candidate for the procedure.
Who is a candidate?
You may be a candidate for the Cryoablation if you experience one or more of the following:
- Flow that soaks through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several hours
- The need to use double sanitary protection to control your menstrual flow
- The need to change sanitary protection during the night
- Heavy menstrual flow that interferes with your regular lifestyle
- Constant pain in your lower abdomen during menstrual period
- Menstrual Period that lasts longer than seven days
- Irregular menstrual periods
Who is not a Candidate?
You may NOT be a candidate for the Cryoablation if you:
- Have not completed childbearing
- Have been diagnosed with uterine cancer
- Have an active urinary tract infection
- Have a pelvic inflammatory disease
- Have an IUD
- Have another type of uterine abnormality
- Have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder