endometrial ablation


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to endometrial ablation: Endometrial biopsy

ablation

 [ab-la´shun]
1. separation or detachment; extirpation; eradication.
2. removal, especially by cutting with a laser or electrocautery.
catheter ablation radiofrequency ablation.
endometrial ablation removal of the endometrium; methods used include radiofrequency, electrical energy, lasers, and hot and cold liquids.
radiofrequency ablation (radiofrequency catheter ablation) destruction of an accessory conduction pathway or other troublesome area of dysrhythmia by means of unmodulated high frequency alternating current delivered by a bipolar or unipolar catheter. The current causes heat with tissue destruction and formation of scar tissue to block the pathway or dysrhythmic area. Transvenous radiofrequency ablation has been successful in treatment of supraventricular tachycardia and is an attractive option to surgery. Called also catheter ablation.

endometrial ablation

therapeutic selective endometrial destruction.

en·do·me·tri·al ab·la·tion

(en'dō-mē'trē-ăl ab-lā'shŭn)
Therapeutic selective endometrial destruction.

endometrial ablation

A surgical treatment for severe menstrual bleeding or fibroids situated near the inner surface of the womb, that involves destruction of the womb lining. This may be done by laser energy, by a heated wire loop, by microwave heating, or by hot fluid in a balloon. The treatment is an alternative to HYSTERECTOMY and has largely superseded D AND C (dilatation and curettage).
References in periodicals archive ?
The need for subsequent surgery following endometrial ablation is likely to be higher among women who do not match the profile of participants in pivotal trials of the devices.
There were no data available in the systematic review concerning newer technologies for nonhysteroscopic endometrial ablation versus hysterectomy.
The fact that new devices for endometrial ablation are still being developed is encouraging, and it suggests that endometrial ablation technology can be improved.
The extent of adhesions seen on hysteroscopy does not correlate well with the degree of menstrual irregularity and nearly 40 percent of patients with adhesions documented on hysteroscopy had no menstrual irregularities (9) Hematometra should be suspected in a patient with history of endometrial ablation who presents with amenorrhea and cyclic pelvic pain, even remote from the procedure.
Prior to performing endometrial ablation by thermal balloon (Therm a Choice (Gynecare, Somerville, NJ, USA)), circulated hot fluid (Hydro Therm Ablator (Boston Scientific, San diego, CA, USA)), cryotherapy (Her Option (American Medical Systems, Minnetonka, MN, USA)), radiofrequency electrosurgery (NovaSure (Cytyc, Marlborough, MA, USA)) or microwave energy (MEA) it is necessary to measure total uterine axial length.
Keywords: Endometrial ablation, Foley catheter, Uterine bleeding.
The Thermablate EAS is a simple, fully automated, self-contained unit that offers a very short treatment time--as little as two and a half minutes--making endometrial ablation easier and less painful for the patient.
The IUS has not been compared with placebo or no treatment, but it has been found to be more successful than 21day progestin therapy and somewhat less successful than balloon endometrial ablation. (10)
"We've known for the past five to six years that global endometrial ablation devices are very effective," says Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon Abimbola Famuyide, M.B.B.S., one of the study's authors.
She said: "Lynn had the endometrial ablation at James Cook University Hospital three days before re-admission yet the hospital failed to link the severe pain Lynn was suffering to the earlier procedure.
SAN DIEGO -- Both hysterectomy and endometrial ablation were highly effective short-term treatments for dysfunctional uterine bleeding in a randomized, multi-center trial, but about one-third of women who underwent endometrial ablation eventually needed more surgery.
An endometrial ablation was attempted, with little success.