Every year, 600,000 hysterectomies are performed, and in a third of those surgeries, heavy bleeding is the cause. On Thursday, in our segment HealthWise at Five, Dr. Brent Nall, a Lubbock gynecologist, joined us to talk about one of the new technologies that can help some women eliminate their heavy bleeding without having a hysterectomy. It's called Novasure.
"That's one of the new technologies designed to ablate or destroy the endometrium in women who are candidates to correct their heavy bleeding. About 60% of women will have no menstrual period anymore. 90% will have a light period they would never complain of," says Dr. Brent Nall, obstetrics and gynecology.
Here's how Novasure works. After a local anesthetic, the doctor inserts the Novasure wand into the uterus where it extends a triangular mesh device. When that conforms to the shape of the patient's uterus, it then delivers electrical energy into the uterus for about 90 seconds. That energy permanently removes the endometrium, or lining of the uterus.
After the procedure, women rest for a couple of hours, then go home, and return to normal activity in a couple of days. So, if you are consiering a hysterectomy for heavy bleeding, you might ask your doctor if the Novasure procedure could be an option for you.