As with any surgical procedure, complications may occur. Some possible complications of endometrial ablation may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Perforation of the uterine wall or bowel
- Overloading of fluid into the bloodstream
Patients who are allergic to or sensitive to medications, iodine, or latex should notify their physician.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your physician. Endometrial ablation during pregnancy may lead to miscarriage. In most cases, a woman will not be able to become pregnant after an endometrial ablation. If a woman does become pregnant after ablation, the limited tissue left lining the uterus may not be adequate for a fetus to implant and be nourished.
There may be other risks depending upon your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure.
An endometrial ablation may be contraindicated for patients with the following conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Vaginal or cervical infections
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Cervical, endometrial, or uterine cancer
- Weakness of the uterine muscle wall
- Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Previous dilation and curettage
- Classic or vertical c-section incision
Certain factors or conditions may interfere with certain types of endometrial ablation. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Narrowing of the inside of the cervix
- Short length of uterine cavity