Endometrial ablation is a simple procedure that helps control heavy menstrual bleeding, called menorrhagia. Approximately 1 in 5 women suffer from menorrhagia, which can result in anemia, fatigue, and restricted activity. Novasure endometrial ablation is the permanent removal of the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, through the brief application of electrical energy. The procedure is minimally invasive and takes less than five minutes. Patients have the procedure done in our office or it can be performed at the Culpeper Surgery Center. We also perform Thermachoice endometrial ablation which uses a hot water balloon technology to achieve the same result.
Dr. Godfrey describes the procedure as follows:
“We normally perform the Novasure procedure on Wednesday and Friday afternoons in our office. You are given medication to take prior to the procedure. Upon arrival at the office, you will receive an injection of toradol, which helps reduce cramping. We then perform a local anesthetic block on the cervix and introduce the Novasure device. The actual ablation lasts approximately 90 seconds and most patients describe the discomfort as being equal to severe menstrual cramps. After a short period of time, you return home and most patients can resume normal activities that day. Ninety percent of women have either a significant decrease in their menstrual flow or have no periods at all. We have been very impressed with the results of this procedure and it has prevented many women from having to undergo a hysterectomy. We can also perform the procedure at the Culpeper Surgery Center under a light anesthetic if the patient prefers.”
“Having an endometrial ablation definitely improved my quality of life. Heavy menstrual bleeding had prevented me from performing normal daily activities. Following my procedure, I have experienced only monthly ‘spotting’ which allowed me to return to a normal life. I highly recommend this to anyone experiencing similar problems.” --Susan
“Since reaching puberty, I have suffered with irregular menstrual cycles, severe cramping, PMS, and horrible mood swings. In April 2007, Dr. Peter Godfrey informed me of a new in-house procedure called an endometrial ablation that may minimize my periods and associated artifacts. It sounded like a solution I certainly wanted to undergo. After completing the procedure, all my menstrual issues disappeared thereby saving my sanity. I have not had a period since May of 2007. My life has changed so much for the better, and I couldn't be a happier woman. Thank you so much Dr. Godfrey!” --Chris
“Novasure has given me peace of mind. I am no longer embarrassed by accidents and I am more comfortable not needing ‘super’ pads. There is no more heaving bleeding or clotting and I am finally able to live a normal life again. The ease of having the procedure done in the office was remarkable. I recommend having it done in the late afternoon-then you can go home and sleep and feel great the next day.” --Mary