Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
Surgery is generally reserved for treating dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) that can't be controlled with medicine.
The following procedures are used to treat dysfunctional uterine bleeding.
- Reference Hysteroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat dysfunctional uterine bleeding at the same time. A lighted viewing instrument called a hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus. When areas of bleeding are located, Reference biopsies Opens New Window can be taken and then the areas of bleeding can be treated with either a laser beam or electric current (electrocautery).
- Reference Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. It may be done when a sample of the uterine lining (endometrial biopsy) shows abnormal cell changes or cancer, when uterine bleeding is uncontrollable, or when the cause of chronic bleeding cannot be found and treated. A hysterectomy is a major surgery with risks of complications. Recovery from surgery can take 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the type of hysterectomy done. If the ovaries are also removed, you may need to take long-term Reference estrogen therapy Opens New Window after surgery.
- Reference Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomy when other medical treatments fail or when you or your doctor have reasons for not using other treatments. Endometrial ablation scars the uterine lining, so it is not a treatment option if you are planning to become pregnant.
What to think about
Hysteroscopy may be done to rule out serious uterine conditions:
- Before long-term treatment with medicines or surgical treatment for dysfunctional uterine bleeding.
- When uterine bleeding has continued despite nonsurgical treatment.
Hysterectomy may be used as surgical treatment for dysfunctional uterine bleeding when:
- Dysfunctional uterine bleeding does not respond to medicine or other treatment.
- Childbearing is completed and you do not wish to try treatment with medicine.
- Symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding outweigh the risks and discomforts of surgery.
Regrowth of the endometrium may occur after you have endometrial ablation.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 27, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology