Who is a good candidate?
A woman who is pre-menopausal whose abnormal cycles are due to benign causes, and has completed childbearing. This procedure is not recommended for everyone. You will need to be evaluated to find out if it is the right option for you.
How long does the procedure take?
The actual procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes. The total time from arrival at the office until you are on your way home is usually one hour.
How long will my recovery be?
You will want to stay home with limited activity the day of the procedure. You will need to have someone drive you to and from the appointment.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
85 to 90 percent of patients will have normal or lighter than normal menstrual cycles following this single procedure. In fact, some women may not experience any additional menstrual cycles after receiving endometrial cryo-ablation.
What are the drawbacks of this procedure?
Like all endometrial ablation procedures, there will be 10 to 15 percent of patients who are not successfully treated and may need additional treatment such as hysterectomy.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
Most major insurances cover this procedure, but you should check with your insurer before proceeding. Many insurers require you to pay an office co-payment, which is generally much less than the out-of-pocket expenses for a procedure done in an operating room.