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Endometrial Ablation

An endometrial ablation is a procedure to remove the lining  of the womb (uterus).

With the main reason for the procedure to reduce the patient's bleeding during their period, many women experience complete loss of their period altogether. 

Surgery is not the only option for these symptoms as non hormonal and hormonal medication can be used to treat the bleeding. Other alternatives include a hormonal coil that fits into the uterus.

An endometrial ablation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes approximately half an hour.

Your gynaecologist will initially insert a hysteroscope ( a telescope with operating instruments) into your vagina through the cervix into the cavity of the womb. Fluid will then be passed through the telescope to swell the womb. Laser technology of electricity will then be used to remove the wall of the womb and any polyps or small fibroids that are found.  

You will be able to return to normal activities after between two and four days with most patients allowed home on the same day as the operation.

Some bleeding may occur for a month after the operation and if the bleeding becomes too heavy then you must advise your consultant know immediately. 

Regular exercise will aid the recovery process and you are advised to return to normal activities soon after the operation. 

This operation is not advised for women who still may want to have children. The operation will be discussed thoroughly between yourself and the consultant prior to the procedure. 

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551