Is excessive menstrual bleeding getting in the way of your life and making it hard to participate in the activities you enjoy? Does it require you to plan your life around your menstrual periods? If so, you may want to consider Hydrothermal Ablation (HTA).
In general, menstrual bleeding is considered excessive when a woman soaks through enough sanitary products to require changing them every hour. Menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than seven days is also considered to be prolonged and excessive. In this case, HTA may be recommended.
Hydrothermal Ablation (HTA) is a gynecologic procedure that can be used to permanently remove a thin tissue layer of the lining of the uterus to stop or reduce menstrual bleeding. The procedure involves pumping heated liquid into the uterus to destroy the endometrial lining with high temperature.
HTA can be performed as an in-office procedure or in a surgery center or hospital with the use of sedative medications. Since these medications produce drowsiness, you will need to have someone with you to drive you home after the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, HTA does have risks. Possible complications include bleeding, infection, perforation of the uterine wall or bowel and the overload of fluid into the bloodstream. Certain medical conditions will rule you out as a candidate for this procedure.
Women who are finished with childbearing but have not yet reached menopause are good candidates for HTA. In many cases, it can be used an an alternative to hysterectomy. If you are experiencing excessive menstrual bleeding and have completed your family, talk to your OBGYN about HTA today. After a thorough evaluation, your OBGYN can determine if this advanced gynecologic treatment is right for you.