Surgeries for Amenorrhea
Surgery is only done in rare cases where amenorrhea is linked to:
- Ovarian cyst
- Vaginal blockage
- Uterine abnormalities
- Vaginal abnormalities that create a blockage
Surgeries for Menorrhagia
There are many choices for women with heavy menstrual bleeding. Think about them with care. Some may change your ability to have children.
Dilation and curettage (D&C) removes the lining of the womb and lets it get replaced by healthier cells. The cervix is dilated and a tool is inserted and used to scrape the lining and remove tissue through the vagina.
In the past, D&C was thought to be a diagnostic and therapeutic treatment. It is no longer viewed as a helpful therapy. It will not help menorrhagia from adenomysosis (a problem in which endometrial cells move into the muscle of the womb).
A long, thin telescope called ahysteroscopeis used to view the inside of the womb and remove any abnormal tissue, such as a polyp or a fibroid, that might be the cause of the bleeding. This is often done with an ablation or a resection of the uterine lining.
In an endometrial ablation , the lining of your womb (the endometrium) is destroyed. This is very helpful in treating heavy bleeding.
There are many ways to do an endometrial ablation. The tissue can be destroyed with:
- Heated fluid
- Heated balloon
- Microwave energy
In an endometrial resection, the lining of your womb is removed. This is very effective in treating heavy bleeding. The cervix is dilated and fluid is pumped into the uterine cavity to help the doctor view of the womb. The lining is then removed with an electrosurgical wire loop.
These methods will not help menorrhagia from adenomyosis.
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the womb. The most common reason for it is heavy bleeding, but this surgery is only done for women with severe symptoms. A woman no longer has periods after this surgery.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review BoardBeverly Siegal, MD, FACOG
- Review Date: 09/2018 -
- Update Date: 10/29/2018 -