Endometrial Ablation Specialist

The Ashford Center

Gynecologists & Advanced Endometrial Ablation Specialists located in Athens, GA

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a safe procedure that stops or lightens your menstrual periods and relieves the symptoms of many chronic conditions, including abnormal bleeding, fibroids, and endometriosis. At The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia, Clinton Ashford, MD, FACOG, and Rebecca Ashford, MD, have devoted their practice to specializing in endometrial ablation. Having performed more than 4,000 procedures, Dr. Clint Ashford’s skill and expertise make him one of the top physicians in the field, with a reputation that brings in patients from across the South. Schedule your consultation online or by phone today.

Endometrial Ablation

What is Advanced Endometrial Ablation?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a gynecological procedure that safely removes the tissues lining the inside of your uterus. The lining, called the endometrium, responds to your monthly cycle of hormonal changes. It thickens with a rich supply of blood vessels so that it can nurture a fertilized egg. Lacking a fertilized egg, it breaks down and sheds in the form of your menstrual period.  In its degenerating phase, it releases a neuro-active peptide toxin that triggers headaches, fatigue, bloating, mood issues, and other premenstrual complaints.

When the endometrium is removed, your periods stop, or they’re significantly lighter. As specialists in Advanced Endometrial Ablation, the team at The Ashford Center have carefully documented their results, so they know that 85% of their patients who undergo Advanced Endometrial Ablation NEVER have another period. The remaining 15% have dramatically diminished menstrual flow, resulting in lighter, shorter periods.

It’s important to know that Advanced Endometrial Ablation is only considered for women who don’t plan to have children. Once the uterine lining is removed, you’re not likely to get pregnant. 

When might I need Advanced Endometrial Ablation?

The Ashford Center performs the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure in order to eliminate the monthly inconvenience of menstrual periods. In addition, the procedure alleviates PMS symptoms such as fluid retention, abdominal bloating, mood issues (anxiety, irritable, anger, emotional, depression, agitated, etc.) 

The procedure also can help women diagnosed with:

In most cases, Advanced Endometrial Ablation is an effective alternative to hysterectomy, but it depends on the reason for your hysterectomy. When a hysterectomy is recommended to treat fibroids, endometriosis, or abnormal uterine bleeding, you can often avoid surgery by choosing an endometrial ablation. However, hysterectomy is the best option if you have endometrial cancer or certain other problems.

How is Advanced Endometrial Ablation performed?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation can be performed using a variety of methods. During your consultation, he discusses which method is best for you.

Dr. Ashford is an expert in:

  • Radio Frequency Ablation
  • Hydrothermal Ablation
  • Cryo-Ablation

All methods used for Advanced Endometrial Ablation are minimally invasive and done under light sedation at a licensed Surgery Center. The small surgical tools are inserted through your cervix and into the uterus, where cold, heat, or radiofrequency are deployed to remove the endometrium.

What should I expect following Advanced Endometrial Ablation?

After your procedure, you may experience mild cramping or nausea. It’s also normal to have moderate discharge following your procedure. However, you can get back to your normal activities the next day.  It may take a few weeks for your uterus to fully heal.

To learn how an endometrial ablation can relieve your symptoms, call The Ashford Center or book an appointment online today.