In Office Gynecology Procedures
Thermachoice® and NovaSure ® are both a non-surgical office based endometrial ablation procedure used to treat the lining of the uterus (endometrium) in women experiencing heavy menstrual periods. Your physician may recommend either procedure when birth control pills have been ineffective or have produced undesirable effects such as weight gain, moodiness etc.
Called "global endometrial ablation", and performed by your physician, this safe 8-minute procedure removes the endometrium using a soft flexible balloon that is inserted into the uterus and filled with fluid. The fluid is then heated and the gentle heat produced causes the uterine lining to shed within 7-10 days, much like a period. The majority of the women receiving the procedure report satisfaction, with results lasting up to five years after treatment. For many, periods stopped completely or menstrual bleeding was significantly reduced. Other results included reduced pain and cramping and reduced PMS symptoms.
Novasure is a safe procedure using radio frequency energy (radio waves) to permanently remove the uterine lining (endometrium). The procedure is performed by your physician gently inserting a thin wand, with a mesh array, into the uterus. Once the mesh has conformed to the uterine wall, a radio frequency is generated for about 90 seconds and the wand with the array is then removed. Similar to the results from Thermochoice®, the uterine lining will be shed over the next week to 10 days. Results have included a significant reduction in menstrual bleeding, stopped periods, reduced PMS symptoms and reduced pain and cramping.
Note: Pregnancy after any form of endometrial ablation is a rare but possible event and the risk of complications is increased.
Genesys HTA™ System
The Genesys HTA™ System is designed to reduce menstrual flow in women who suffer from menorrhagia and allow them the potential opportunity to return to the activities that they love. The Genesys HTA™ System therapy is an outpatient procedure that uses heated saline to treat the uterine lining, or endometrium. Once treated, most women no longer experience the symptoms or effects of a heavy period. Many women stop having their period altogether.
The HTA™ therapy is the only global endometrial ablation technology that offers the safety of direct visualization throughout the entire procedure. Speak with your physician about the Genesys HTA™ therapy.
Hysteroscopy is an office or hospital based procedure that is used to look inside the uterus. It utilizes a hysterscope, a slender telescope-like device, which is inserted into the uterus. The procedure is commonly used to:
- diagnose or treat uterine problems associated with abnormal bleeding
- to help with the diagnosis of frequent miscarriages
- to locate an intrauterine device
- remove adhesions caused by infection or past surgeries
- perform sterilization procedures
Women who are pregnant should not have the procedure.