What is Saline Endometrial Ablation?
Saline endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that treats heavy periods, by removing the lining of a woman’s uterus.
No incision is required for endometrial ablation, so recovery time is very quick, with little to no risk of infection or complications.
The doctor performs the procedure by circulating heated salt water (saline) within the patient’s uterus for about 10 minutes. This method has many advantages, including the fact that it can be performed on women who have an irregular-shaped uterus and/or who have abnormal tissue growth such as fibroids.
Complete results might take a few months to see. However, almost all patients will have substantially lighter periods, and some women will stop having periods entirely.
It is important to understand that while endometrial ablation may stop periods, it is NOT a sterilization procedure. Women should be careful to use contraception after this treatment, since pregnancy may still be possible. Pregnancy after endometrial ablation is hazardous and can end in miscarriage.