Navigation Links
Menstrual Bleeding Treatment Safer Than Thought
Date:1/23/2009

Ablation technique is a less invasive alternative to hysterectomy, researchers note

FRIDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Far fewer women than previously thought need additional surgery to stop excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding after undergoing an alternative to hysterectomy called global endometrial ablation (GEA), a new study finds.

GEA, a relatively new procedure, has been regarded as being just as effective as hysterectomies while being less invasive with slightly lower complication rates and costs. During the surgery, heat, cold, microwave or radiofrequency energy is used to destroy only the uterine lining while keeping the uterus intact. Scar tissue then forms and monthly menstrual flow and its pain typically decrease.

The Mayo Clinic study, published in the January issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that about 16 percent -- nearly half of past estimates -- of women required a hysterectomy to treat excessive bleeding in the first five years following an ablation.

"We've known for the past five to six years that global endometrial ablation devices are very effective," Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon Abimbola Famuyide, one of the study's authors, said in a news release issued by the facility. "But some physicians have observed that up to 30 percent of patients may require additional treatment five years and beyond after undergoing ablation."

More susceptible to a lack of permanent symptom relief, according to the the team, were GEA patients younger than 45 who had a tubal ligation to prevent pregnancy or had debilitating menstrual pain prior to the procedure.

Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding affects an estimated one in five women at some time in their lives, often during the onset of menopause.

The low failure rate, the researchers suggested, might also mean that the study sample contained many patients properly counseled to have realistic expectations for the procedure and symptom relief. "For example, patients who are seeking complete cessation of menstrual bleeding after GEA are more likely to undergo hysterectomy later to treat bleeding symptoms of any severity," Famuyide said.

The team also noted that previous studies of GEA failure were small or imprecise in defining failure. The Mayo team studied the medical records of more than 800 women had GEA procedures over an eight-year period.

More information

The National Women's Health Resource Center has more about menstrual disorders.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Mayo Clinc, news release, Jan. 6, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Mayo researchers offer new insight into effectiveness of procedure to stop heavy menstrual bleeding
2. Taking Control: Future Therapies for a Host of Serious Diseases May Be Found in Womens Menstrual Blood
3. Complementary medicines can help mild depression and premenstrual syndrome
4. Delayed Sleep Pattern Tied to Irregular Menstrual Cycles
5. Safe to Stop the Flow?: Differing Attitudes Found Between Women and Doctors Concerning Menstrual Suppression
6. Differing attitudes found between women and doctors concerning menstrual suppression
7. MRI Scans Reveal Post-Heart Attack Bleeding
8. Bleeding hearts revealed with new scan
9. CSL Behring Receives FDA Approval of RiaSTAP(TM), First and Only Approved Treatment of Acute Bleeding Episodes in Patients with Congenital Fibrinogen Deficiency
10. Steroid After Tonsillectomy Raises Bleeding Risk
11. Study identifies double-balloon enteroscopy as cost-effective approach for obscure GI bleeding
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Menstrual Bleeding Treatment Safer Than Thought
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture ... said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package ... Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of ... award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , ... Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is World ... with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center ... with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... offering micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all ... brackets , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... at the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, ... journal articles published in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)...   Bay Area Lyme Foundation , collaborating ... for Tick Borne Illness , Harvard Medical School ... Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and the Veterans ... finalists of Lyme Innovation , the first ... scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors from several ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ... and sells medical devices and wearable sleep respiratory products ... cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd. ... 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s new Internet medical technology ... will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales platform to reach ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... drugs, announced today that it was added to the ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes ... important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: