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Endometrial ablation

If you experience heavy menstrual bleeding, our gynaecology surgeons can treat you with endometrial ablation

About endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation is a procedure to treat women who experience heavy periods (menorrhagia). The endometrium (lining of the womb) is thinned or removed. This can limit or stop menstrual bleeding completely. The treatment is normally very quick, with no need to stay in hospital overnight. 

Need to know

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    You will be placed under local or general anaesthetic. Your gynaecological surgeon's techniques may vary.

    If they are performing a hydrothermal, they'll begin by pumping a fluid into your uterus and heating it. This will remove the endometrium after about 10 minutes. Alternatively, your consultant may guide a small balloon on a tube through your uterus. They will then insert a heated fluid into the balloon to expand and break the endometrium.

    In some cases, the endometrium can be frozen off. This is carried out by a very cold tip on a small probe that is passed through the uterus.

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    Your consultant will explain how best to prepare for endometrial ablation, answering any questions you might have.
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    Most women are able to return to their normal routine within a week. Other things you may experience in the recovery process include:

    • nausea or an urge to urinate for 24 hours
    • cramping and/or bleeding for a few days
    • watery and/or bloody discharge for up to three weeks

    You might be prescribed medicine if you feel any pain. If you experience any severe side effects, you should contact your consultant who can arrange a follow-up appointment

Our endometrial consultants

From complex gynaecological surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Our gynaecological locations

We provide access to gynaecological care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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