|December 2009 · Vol., No.
INTRODUCTION: Nonresectoscopic endometrial ablation devicesJoseph
MD, MBA, Editor
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pittsburgh, Vice Chairman of Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This monograph serves as an update to the 2005 publication, “Options in endometrial ablation,” which provided brief overviews of nonresectoscopic technologies that accomplish endometrial ablation (EA) by tissue freezing, radio frequency electricity, microwaves, and heated fluid.
EA represents a viable option for women who experience menorrhagia and have completed childbearing or who plan not to become pregnant. It provides an alternative to hysterectomy, which is associated with significant rates of major and minor postoperative complications and lengthy recovery.