Speaking of uterine fibroid treatment options, people often confuse endometrial ablation and uterine fibroid embolization because they sound a bit similar. However, these are two completely different procedures, with different methodologies and degrees of risk.
Endometrial ablation is pretty much burning of a thin layer of tissue (endometrium) that lines the uterus. This procedure can be recommended by a doctor if you have symptoms like heavy menstrual flow and periods that last a long time.
During this procedure a doctor doesn’t make any surgical cuts. Instead, he/she uses very thin tools to reach your uterus. However, endometrial ablation is not recommended for women who are interested in maintaining fertility.
Most often endometrial ablation is a good choice to correct menorrhagia (heavy periods lasting longer than the physiological norm) and abnormal uterine bleeding between periods when uterine fibroids are not causing the problem. For uterine fibroids, there is a more effective and safer treatment.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a nonsurgical, outpatient procedure that treats all uterine fibroids regardless of number and size. Compared to endometrial ablation, UFE is more effective, less invasive, and allows women to keep their uterus and often, fertility (while endometrial ablation is NOT for women interested in having children). UFE is performed by an experienced IR (Interventional Radiologist), not a gynecologist.
If you would like a second opinion before deciding what procedure is best for you, make an appointment with Dr. John Lipman by calling Atlanta Fibroid Center at 770-953-2600 or book an appointment online.