Women with noncancerous conditions can often avoid a hysterectomy and preserve their uterus by choosing to have Advanced Endometrial Ablation. While this procedure can’t help all the conditions treated with a hysterectomy, Dr. Clint Ashford specializes in using Advanced Endometrial Ablation as an alternative to treat several gynecologic conditions.
If you’ve been told you need a hysterectomy, schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn if minimally invasive Advanced Endometrial Ablation is the right choice for you.
Learn more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and whether it may help your symptoms
Questions About Alternatives to Hysterectomy
When would a hysterectomy be required?
A hysterectomy is usually
the most appropriate treatment for women diagnosed with uterine
cancer. If you don’t have cancer, however, a hysterectomy is the last option and should only be performed after other conservative treatments have been tried.
Many gynecologic conditions can be effectively treated without hysterectomy, such as:
Uterine fibroids: Noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus
Endometrial polyps: Noncancerous growths on the inner wall of the uterus
Endometriosis: Uterine tissue that grows outside the uterus on the surface of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other pelvic structures
Abnormal menstrual bleeding: Heavy, long, or irregular periods that interfere with a woman’s personal life or productivity at work
Adenomyosis: Uterine lining tissue that grows into the muscular layer of the uterus
PCOS: Cluster of symptoms related to ovarian, adrenal and pancreatic function
Many of these conditions never need a hysterectomy!
What is Advanced Endometrial Ablation?
Advanced Endometrial Ablation
is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the layer of tissue
lining the uterus. Dr. Clint Ashford performs Advanced Endometrial
Ablation using small surgical instruments that easily pass through the
cervix and into the uterus. The procedure is 100% pain-free!
A variety of techniques may be used to gently remove the endometrial cells, including:
Radiofrequency ablation: uses the heat produced by high-energy radio waves
Hydrothermal: uses heated fluids
Cryoablation: uses freezing temperatures
Ashford has expertise in all the different techniques, so he can choose
the one that’s best for you. For example, radiofrequency ablation is
often the best choice for women with normal anatomy of the uterus.
the uterine lining is removed, you can’t get pregnant. Therefore,
Advanced Endometrial Ablation is only appropriate for women when
childbearing is complete.
are alternatives to hysterectomy! If you’ve been advised to get a
hysterectomy, call The Ashford Center or schedule online today to find
out about alternatives.