In-Office Endometrial Ablation Specialist

Edward S. Wagner, M.D. -  - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Edward S. Wagner, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Hollywood, FL

One in four women suffers from heavy menstrual bleeding, a condition that can seriously impact their daily life and increase their risk for anemia if it goes untreated. Dr. Edward S. Wagner offers a cutting-edge procedure that safely and effectively treats heavy bleeding. To learn more about in-office endometrial ablation using Her Option, call Dr. Wagner's office in Hollywood, Florida, or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.

In-Office Endometrial Ablation Q & A

What is endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation refers to a procedure that removes or destroys a thin layer of uterine lining. Eliminating the lining of your uterus may completely stop menstruation or reduce your flow to a minimal amount.

Dr. Wagner talks with you about the benefits of endometrial ablation, as well the side effects. You’re not likely to become pregnant following the procedure, so it’s important to consider your options and future plans before proceeding.

What does endometrial ablation treat?

Endometrial ablation is used to treat a condition called menorrhagia, or heavy menstrual bleeding. You may have prolonged or excessive menstrual bleeding if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Bleeding lasts more than 7-8 days
  • Bleeding soaks through one or more tampons or pads every hour
  • Need to wear more than one pad at a time
  • Need to change pads or tampons during the night
  • Pass blood clots that are the size of a quarter or larger

Heavy bleeding can be caused by several underlying health problems, many of which can be treated using endometrial ablation.

How is endometrial ablation performed?

Endometrial ablation can be performed using techniques that destroy the lining of your uterus with radiofrequency, microwave energy, heated fluid in a balloon, or electrosurgery. Dr. Wagner prefers a method called Her Option®.

What is Her Option?

Her Option is a nonsurgical option that uses cryoablation therapy or freezing to perform endometrial ablation. The device uses sub-zero temperatures to freeze the endometrium (the lining of your uterus).

Dr. Wagner performs the procedure in the office, using ultrasound guidance so he can see the results in real time. The low temperature produces a natural analgesic effect, so you’ll need minimal anesthesia. Cryotherapy also results in minimal scarring of the uterus.

After treatment with Her Option, you may need to avoid sexual activity or stop using tampons until your follow-up visit with Dr. Wagner. Otherwise, you should be able to return to your normal activities the day after your procedure.

When will you see results?

You may experience immediate results, but it’s normal to have one or two typical menstrual cycles after the procedure. Your bleeding should be noticeably reduced or back to normal levels within the first three months. Monthly periods completely stop for some women following treatment with Her Option.

If you have heavy bleeding, call Dr. Wagner or book an appointment online to learn more about endometrial ablation.