Mesa Women’s Health Care offers removal of the uterine lining via the NovaSure method. This method eliminates menorrhagia, or excessive menstrual bleeding. If your bleeding lasts 7 or more days per cycle, or is so heavy that you need to change protection nearly every hour, you may have menorrhagia. Only your doctor can tell you for sure. Women suffering from menorrhagia can experience fatigue, anemia, embarrassing accidents, and restricted activity. If you’re familiar with these effects, you know that menorrhagia can disrupt your life. And you are not alone. About 1 in 5 women experiences unusually heavy menstrual bleeding. And there are now more treatment options available to you.
What is NovaSure?
Novasure is an endometrial ablation procedure that provides an effective and minimally invasive outpatient alternative to hysterectomy, while avoiding the potential side effects and long-term risks of hormone therapy. NovaSure delivers precisely measured electrical energy via a slender, handheld wand to remove the endometrial lining. This quick, simple procedure requires no incisions. It can be performed in an office or outpatient setting, and generally takes less than 5 minutes, significantly less time than any other endometrial ablation procedure.
How does NovaSure work?
NovaSure is intended to reduce or eliminate future menstrual bleeding by permanently removing the lining of the uterus (endometrium) through the brief application of electrical energy. Here’s a look at how the procedure is performed:
- Insertion of wand and mesh: After slightly dilating your cervix and inserting a slender wand, your doctor will extend a triangular mesh device into your uterus.
- Mesh expands: The mesh device gently expands, conforming to the dimensions of your uterine cavity.
- Electrical energy is applied: Safe electrical energy is delivered through the mesh for approximately 90 seconds.
- Removal of wand and mesh: The mesh device is retracted back into the wand and both are removed from your uterus.
NO PART OF THE MEDICAL DEVICE REMAINS INSIDE YOUR BODY AFTER THIS SAFE, SIMPLE PROCEDURE.
Am I a candidate for the NovaSure procedure?
Premenopausal women with heavy menstrual bleeding who have completed childbearing may be candidates for NovaSure. Your physician may perform diagnostic tests to rule out other abnormal uterine conditions, and your Pap test and biopsy must be normal.
What will I feel during the procedure?
Many doctors choose for their patients to be awake during the procedure, as NovaSure does not require general anesthesia. If your physician performs the procedure with a local anesthetic injected in and around the cervix, he or she may administer an intravenous sedative to make you more comfortable during the procedure. While some women may feel slight cramping, others may not experience any discomfort at all.
How will I feel afterward?
As with any endometrial ablation method, you may experience some post-operative uterine cramping and discomfort shortly after the procedure. Some patients may experience nausea and vomiting as a result of anesthesia. Watery and/or bloody discharge is also common for several weeks after any endometrial ablation.
Are there any anticipated post-procedure complications?
You should call your physician if you develop a fever higher than 100.4 degrees F, worsening pelvic pain that is not relieved by ibuprofen or other prescribed medication, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness, bowel or bladder problems, and/or a greenish vaginal discharge.
Are there any risks associated with NovaSure?
Your physician will explain the surgical risks of all treatment options in detail. Some risks of endometrial ablation procedures are perforation of the uterus, bleeding, infection, injury to organs within the abdomen and pelvis, and accumulation of blood within the uterus due to scarring. A possible hazard may exist for women with cardiac pacemakers or other active implants. Another rare, but important, risk of any endometrial ablation procedure is that it may decrease your doctor’s ability to make an early diagnosis of cancer of the endometrium. The reason for this is that one of the warning signs of endometrial cancer is bleeding, and endometrial ablation procedures decrease or eliminate bleeding.
Can I still become pregnant after endometrial ablation?
It is important to know that although the chances for pregnancy are reduced following an endometrial ablation procedure, it is still possible to become pregnant. However, pregnancy following endometrial ablation is very dangerous for both the mother and the fetus. You should not have an endometrial ablation if you think you want to have a baby in the future. After an endometrial ablation, you should use some form of birth control. Please discuss these issues with your physician.