Endometrial Ablation may be an alternative treatment option for pre-menopausal women with menorrhagia (excessive uterine bleeding) due to benign causes, for whom childbearing is complete. This condition is frequently treated by performing a hysterectomy. The next generation Genesys HTA® System is designed to ablate the endometrial lining of the uterus without the need for surgery.
Endometrial ablation is a procedure to treat abnormal uterine bleeding. The procedure is intended to destroy all or most of the tissue that is responsible for menstrual bleeding (the endometrium). After the procedure, patients may never bleed again, or if they do, their bleeding is generally reduced. If you feel controlled by heavy bleeding during your periods and believe your options are to wait until menopause or to have a hysterectomy, there may be other choices for help without major surgery. Not all patients experience a satisfactory reduction in bleeding so all treatment options should be discussed with your doctor.
Intended Benefits of the Hydro ThermAblator® System (HTA® System):
- A potential alternative to hysterectomy or other major surgical procedures
- An outpatient procedure
- Generally decreased recovery period and less need for general anesthesia
- Generally fewer significant harmful side effects
What is the HTA® System and how does the procedure work?
The Hydro ThermAblator System (HTA System) is a device that allows your gynecologist to perform endometrial ablation on an outpatient basis. This procedure involves your doctor inserting a probe into your uterus that includes a tiny telescope for viewing the lining of the uterus. Heated saline is circulated and is intended to destroy the lining of the uterus, even in a partial septate uterus or one with intra-mural fibroids ≤ 4cm, to eliminate or reduce bleeding to normal levels or less.