Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial Ablation is a treatment for women with heavy menstrual bleeding.  It is generally viewed as an alternative to hysterectomy in certain patients who have not responded to medical therapy.  There are certain clinical criteria that need to be met for you to safely undergo endometrial ablation.  The physicians at Potomac Ob Gyn will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for this minimally invasive procedure.

The surgery involves using different types of energy to cauterize the lining of the uterus.  If successful this will either greatly decrease or eliminate menstrual bleeding.  It is performed as an outpatient procedure with minimal recovery time.  Due to the lasting effect on the lining of the uterus ablation is not recommended for women who might want to be pregnant in the future.


Laparoscopic surgery involves inserting a camera and instruments through tiny incisions into the abdomen in order to visualize abdominal and pelvic organs.  An increasing amount of gynecologic surgery can be done through this minimally invasive technique.   The physicians at Potomac Ob Gyn are all able to perform laparoscopic surgery to treat most gynecologic problems.  We will guide you through pre-operative counseling and evaluation, the day of surgery, and your post-operative recovery.    Most laparoscopic surgery is “same day surgery” which means you will not have to spend the night in the hospital.  Be sure to inquire about these procedures during your visit we we can explain all the different risks and benefits of laparoscopy.