Women who suffer from excessive menstrual bleeding, known as menorrhagia, now have a quick, safe, non-invasive solution to the fatigue, anemia, embarrassing accidents and restricted activity it can cause.
Dr. Michael Heniser, D.O., a family physician practicing at the Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor, has recently begun performing Novasure Endometrial Ablation, a procedure for women who no longer plan to have children.
The one-time, outpatient procedure can be performed in as little as 90-seconds.
Using a precisely controlled dose of radio frequency energy, it gently removes the lining of the uterus to lighten or stop menstrual bleeding.
Alternative treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding include hormone therapies, projesterone coated I.U.D, dilation & curettage (D&C), or hysterectomy.
Hormone therapy consists of oral contraceptives or other medications that treat hormonal imbalances. Effective only 48 percent of the time, hormone therapy usually must be continued to be effective and some women experience undesirable side effects, including headaches, weight change, and nausea.
Dilation and curettage is a surgical procedure that involves scraping the inside of the uterus and provides, for most women, only temporary relief.
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It is a major procedure that is performed in the hospital under general anesthesia. It is accompanied by surgical risks, hospitalization and a recovery period of up to six weeks.
While other endometrial ablation treatments are available, they often require women to take a pretreatment drug for as long as two months to thin the lining of the uterus.
"Novasure Endometrial Ablation provides an effective and minimally invasive outpatient alternative to hysterectomy, while avoiding the long-term risk of hormone therapy,” explained Dr. Heniser.
“Novasure Endometrial Ablation has helped to eliminate the cost, potential side effects, and delays in treatment commonly associated with conventional endometrial pretreatment,” added Dr. Heniser.
The Novasure procedure is also more convenient because it can be performed at any time during a woman’s cycle,” stated Dr. Heniser.
“Excellent results for the procedure have led to very high patient satisfaction,” reported Dr. Heniser.
“A clinical trial has shown that more than 9 out of 10 women return to normal or lower than normal bleeding after Novasure Endometrial Ablation.
“Even more encouraging is that nearly half of all women treated with Novasure have had complete cessation of their period,” he added. “This translates into more freedom and a higher quality of life.
“I highly recommend that women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding and don’t plan to have children ask their doctor about this quick, safe procedure,” he said.
To contact Dr. Heniser, call the Community Health Center at 244-5630.