Menorrhagia, or heavy vaginal bleeding, can be caused from uterine fibroids and other unknown reasons. Menorrhagia is defined by a loss of more than 80 milliliters of blood each cycle but is can also be defined by how much it interferes with daily life. Hysterectomies are often performed to treat menorrhagia, but there are some other alternatives to a hysterectomy that women can consider as well.
Typically, the first treatment considered for menorrhagia is medical. Using an IUD, an intrauterine device, or oral contraceptives that release a hormone called levonorgestrel can both be used to significantly reduce menstrual bleeding. More women have reported to be more satisfied with the IUD. This is not the best option for women who want to become pregnant in the future.
Another alternative to a hysterectomy is endometrial ablation, which is where the lining of the uterus is removed. This, similar to medical management, is only a good if you are not considering childbearing. New methods like thermal balloon ablation, cryoablation and radiofrequency have a 80 to 90 percent success rate. There are less complications as well since all of these new methods are outpatient procedures.
About Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care:
NVSCC Las Vegas cancer center specializes in gynecological cancers and minimally-invasive robotic surgical treatments of endometriosis, fibroids, other complex gynecologic conditions as well as colon and rectal health. NVSCC proudly leads the region in gynecologic robotic surgery, helping patients recover quickly and get back to regular life. For more information regarding alternatives to a hysterectomy, please visit the Las Vegas, Nevada cancer center website for more information or call us at 702-739-6467.