Outpatient Procedure to Eliminate Your Period
What is supposed to be a normal and tolerable monthly occurrence can become a dreaded, inconvenient matter—an excessively heavy period. In addition to feeling weakness, women are dashing into the bathroom to change feminine hygiene products dozens of times per day, interfering with normal schedules.
Many of our Oklahoma gynecological patients experience excessive menstrual bleeding. The effects of a heavy flow can be cumbersome to patients for a variety of reasons.
At Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health, we have helped reduce or altogether eliminate our patient’s excessive menstrual cycles through a procedure called endometrial ablation. Our board-certified physician, Dr. Henry Ramirez, has many years of experience treating Oklahoma women with excessive bleeding—a great assurance to our patients.
In less than one hour, Dr. Ramirez can remove the endometrium—the lining of the uterus that sheds once per month (menstruation). Because you are provided anesthesia, you will feel no pain during the surgery.
Using an ablation device—a wand-like instrument with a camera—the doctor will administer heat or electric current to bind the blood vessels of the uterine wall.
Prior to the surgery, you may be prescribed a medication to initially decrease the endometrium.
Recovery from the procedure is rather quick. You may be able to return to work in as little as two days with no intense physical exertion or sexual intercourse for two weeks.
If you experience one or some of the following symptoms, you may eligible for endometrial ablation surgery:
· Having to change a pad or tampon each hour
· Periods lasting longer than one week
· Bleeding between periods
At a consultation, we will seek the cause for your heavy bleeding prior to scheduling the procedure. There is the possibility we need to treat the symptoms using an alternative method. But many times, the cause for excessive menstruation is unknown. We will also check for pregnancy, as you cannot undergo the surgery if pregnant.
It is important to note this procedure is only recommended to those finished childbearing.