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Endometrial Ablation and NovaSure®

Endometrial ablation, or removal of the lining of the uterus, has been performed for many years as an alternative to hysterectomy. The traditional technique involves the insertion of a long, thin tube called a hysteroscope into the uterus through the cervix. The hysteroscope has a tiny camera attached that allows the surgeon to see the inside of the uterus on a monitor. After filling the uterus with fluid or air, the surgeon uses a specially designed instrument to remove the uterine lining. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and most people return to normal activities within a week.

Further advances have been made to endometrial ablation with NovaSure®. This procedure uses a slender surgical device inserted into the cervix and precisely controlled doses of electromagnetic energy to remove the lining of the uterus. Performed as an outpatient procedure, under general or local anesthesia, NovaSure usually takes less than one hour to complete. Patients experience a quick recovery, as no incision is required, and most patients may resume routine activities the next day.

For additional information, please contact Salem Women's Health Partners at (330) 332-1939.