Endometrial Ablation – When is This Procedure Appropriate?
Learning Objectives and CME/Disclosure Information
This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Identify the tests that should be done prior to ablation 2. Name the contraindications to endometrial ablation
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.
The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
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Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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Endometrial ablation is indicated for treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding or patient-perceived heavy menstrual bleeding in premenopausal women with normal endometrial cavities.
Evaluate for malignancy, hyperplasia, and to ensure the cavity configuration is appropriate for ablation
Prior to ablation: Endometrial biopsy, transvaginal ultrasound, saline infusion sonohysterography, hysteroscopy or a combination of these procedures
Endometrial cavity too large for the device parameters | Mullerian duct disorders (bicornuate/septate uterus) | Recent pregnancy | Active infection | Malignancy or hyperplasia
Relative contraindications include
Surgeries that may distort or weaken the myometrium such as classic cesarean section and transmural myomectomy
Consider ablation when patients have failed or have been intolerant of medical therapies
Determine your patient’s fertility plans
Pregnancies that occur after ablation have a high rate of malpresentation, prematurity and placenta accreta
Patients should be counseled to use effective contraception
Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to reduce menstrual flow and is designed to treat abnormal uterine bleeding in women who do not desire future fertility. A number of options are available including resectoscopic, thermal balloon, cryotherapy, heated free fluid, microwave and radiofrequency electricity. Endometrial thinning, either mechanical or by suppression/inhibition of ovarian function, has been used as an adjuvant to ablation.
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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
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presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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