Brandon M. Lingenfelter, DO, PhD in Princeton, West Virginia, offers a variety of options to women suffering from heavy or irregular menstrual flows. When standard treatment methods, such as hormonal medication and intrauterine devices (IUD), fail to solve the problem, he’ll be there to inform you of other methods to consider. Endometrial ablation is one such method, a surgery aimed at reducing menstrual bleeding.
Ablation is the use of heat, cold, or electricity to destroy the lining of the womb, also called the endometrium. By use of a hysteroscope, a small lighted tube with a camera, Dr. Lingenfelter is able to examine the interior of the cervix to locate abnormal growths or tissue. The practice specializes in the use of Minerva technology to perform this procedure in the office.
The Minerva ablation system was FDA approved in 2015, providing care and movement specific to individual patient needs. This procedure can reduce or completely stop menstrual bleeding. The Minerva system’s Plasma energy permanently removes the endometrium, which causes the bleeding. The Minerva system stands out for:
This safe and effective procedure can be done in-office at Brandon M. Lingenfelter, DO, PhD and patients can return home the same day.
Post-procedure complications to endometrial ablation are rare. Although extremely uncommon, it is possible to experience pain, bleeding, and infection after surgery. While some damage can be done to the uterine wall from less experienced physicians, holes in the wall of the womb or damage to cervix are also possibilities. Endometrial ablation may be recommended after all childbearing desires have been fufilled. Due to the scarring of the uterine wall, risk of miscarriage increases. In successful cases, women experience menstrual bleeding at a lower rate with up to 30-50% of women ceasing to have periods. Stop letting heavy periods control your life, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Lingenfelter at Brandon M. Lingenfelter, DO, PhD. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.
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