An in-office endometrial ablation is a procedure that can treat many instances of extremely heavy menstrual bleeding. The procedure involves removing a thin layer of the uterine lining. Once the layer of lining is removed, menstrual bleeding lightens and sometimes stops altogether. This procedure is an in-office alternative to hysterectomy.
As an in-office procedure, an endometrial ablation doesn’t take long. Plan on spending an hour in the office which covers preparation beforehand, the procedure, and recovery afterwards. You must bring someone with you to drive home afterwards as you will receive sedative medication. Since it’s an in-office procedure, women can resume their normal activity the following day.
Any woman who experiences abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding might benefit from an in-office endometrial ablation. There are some medical considerations to take into account before scheduling the procedure. Women who want to become pregnant, for example, are not be suited for the procedure. A gynecologist or OB-GYN can help women take into account all relevant medical considerations and decide whether an in-office endometrial ablation is right for them.
For women who are good candidates for the procedure, an in-office endometrial ablation presents several advantages. The procedure is less invasive, faster, and less expensive than a hysterectomy with fewer complications. An endometrial ablation does not alter the ovarian production of hormones.
As an indicated, medical procedure, an in-office endometrial ablation is covered under health insurance. Insurance coverage is a function of a patient’s deductible and co-insurance and we will be happy to determine this prior to the procedure. Usually, a hysteroscopy (looking inside the uterus) and an endometrial biopsy are required before the ablation to determine if the patient is the proper candidate for an ablation.
We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However, it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Please contact our billing office or call your insurance carrier should you have any questions.
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