What Are the Risks of Endometrial Ablation?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Are there any known risks in having an endometrial ablation?

Doctor's response

Complications of endometrial ablation are very rare and are usually due to difficulty entering into the uterus through the vaginal canal. These complications include persistent bleeding, pain, and infection. Sometimes anesthesia or bleeding can cause complications. Many complications seem to be related to lack of surgical experience. This suggests that surgeons who have performed multiple of these procedures may have lower complication rates.

Medical Author: Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018