An Overview of the Novasure Procedure

If you experience heavy bleeding every month and it is affecting your quality of life because you are unable to enjoy activities during your heavy menstrual cycle then a NovaSure Ablation may be a great option for you. Novasure is a one-time, procedure that decreases your heavy bleeding without the risks associated with hysterectomy and the possible side-effects of hormonal treatments. NovaSure is a revolutionary new generation endometrial ablation device that provides you with a minimally invasive surgical option. The NovaSure procedure is done to gently remove the lining of the uterus, the part responsible for your heavy bleeding, so that it won’t build each month and therefore you will experience less bleeding. Sound great? But exactly how do the gynecologists do it? What should I expect on the day of the procedure?

 Here is a brief overview of the procedure.

Many providers are able to provide the Novasure procedure in their office or any other outpatient settings. You will be premedicated with a few different medications that will help decrease your anxiety about the procedure, help with the discomfort and cramping. Once the medication has been given the appropriate time to work, you will be asked to recline on the procedure table and place your feet in stirrups, similar to a routine pap smear. Your doctor will place a speculum in your vagina, and after cleansing the cervix, the provider will inject a local anesthetic into the cervix to you make the cervix numb. The medicine is similar to what you receive at the dental office.
The doctor then uses a slender, hand-held device for the ablation. The device contains a sheath with an electrode (the part that does the ablation) that is placed in your cervix. The sheath is pulled back, allowing the electrode to expand and conform to the shape of the uterine cavity. When it does, the uterus is inflated with a small amount of CO2 to ensure proper placement of the device after which the device is activated and a precisely measured amount of radio-frequency energy is passed for one to three minutes. When the procedure it completed, the device automatically turns off! And then, the electrode safely retracts into the sheath for easy removal. Once the procedure is completed, you can leave your doctor’s office but you will need someone to drive you home due to the pre-procedure medications. Most women tolerate the procedure extremely well and are able to return to their normal activities the next day.
If you are tired and frustrated with your heavy bleeding episodes, contact our office and discuss your options.

Benefits & Possible Side Effects of Novasure

stomach painDo you have heavy menstrual bleeding that makes you feel hostage to the bathroom and your tampon each month? Do you miss out on monthly activities because of the heavy bleeding? Would you like to get back to care-free periods? Then Novasure is here to help restore your freedom. Novasure is a next-generation treatment (or endometrial ablation system) that reduces or eliminates excessive bleeding by safely removing the endometrial lining of the uterus which is responsible for the heavy bleeding. This minimally invasive procedure is well tolerated and 97% said they would recommend Novasure to a friend. So, how does NovaSure work and what details do I need to know?
1. It’s a one-time procedure: With the Novasure procedure, you can bid farewell to your troublesome heavy bleeding once and for all. The doctor uses a slender, hand-held device to remove the endometrial lining by passing a precisely measured amount of electrical energy for about 90 seconds and that’s it; you are done. And this procedure takes only three to five minutes!
2. It’s tolerable: Most women who have gone through the Novasure procedure say they experienced little pain or not pain at all!
3. It can be performed at an out-patient setting: Novasure procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office. You will need someone to drive you home due to the mild sedative to make the procedure more comfortable.
4. It is a great option, especially when hormones don’t work or aren’t tolerated: The Novasure procedure involves no incision, no anesthesia and no hormonal treatment.
5. It does not set you back: Unlike other treatments for menorrhagia, the Novasure procedure (since it’s minimally invasive) lets you get back to work the very next day and you might even play sports like tennis that very weekend.
6. It is very effective: 91% of Novasure patients claimed to have returned to normal or lower than normal levels of bleeding and 93% of patients treated with Novasure were satisfied with their results.

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