Minimally Invasive Procedure Benefits Women Who Experience
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Women who struggle with heavy menstrual bleeding have a
medical option to correct their pesky monthly visitor and enjoy a better
quality of life.
And Dr. Adam
Newman, an obstetrician and gynecologist with Wellmont
Medical Associates, wants every woman to know about it.
"It's not hyperbole," Dr. Newman said. "For
women who are bleeding that much every month, it really can change their
The NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure used by Dr.
Newman and other Wellmont Medical Associates gynecologists in the region offers
patients a chance to reduce or eliminate their discomfort through a fairly
simply outpatient procedure.
It works, he said, by removing the endometrium, or the
lining of the uterus, with a quick delivery of radiofrequency energy.
Because the endometrial lining causes the bleeding, the
procedure can reduce or stop bleeding altogether. It is also much less invasive
than a hysterectomy, another common treatment of heavy bleeding, and does not
carry the potential side effects of hormones.
"The surgery itself takes a few minutes," Dr.
Newman said. "It takes longer to talk about it than to conduct the
procedure. Plus, patients usually go home with a mild pain reliever and can
often go back to work that day if the procedure is in the morning."
Long-term results are also encouraging. He said national
statistics show that after five years, 97 percent of women who had the NovaSure
procedure avoided more invasive hysterectomies. At least 90 percent reported
absent or less burdensome bleeding, and overall patient satisfaction was 93
Dr. Newman has seen these positive results in his own
"I've been doing this since January 2007 and average
about 50 a year," he said. "So far, I have had no reported failures.
It’s an innovative procedure that benefits women tremendously."
Dr. Newman attributes his success to amazing advances in
surgical automation. While the practice of removing the endometrium to reduce
bleeding has been around for many years, each procedure depended on an expert
surgeon to deliver precise results time after time, he said.
"The beauty of the way the machine works is the ease of
use," Dr. Newman said. "The procedure is so precisely automated, with
so many safeguards, that it is practically error free."
NovaSure endometrial ablation also:
- Has the fastest treatment time (an average of 90 seconds)
- Requires no hormonal pretreatment
- Can be performed at any time in a woman's cycle
- Is tailored to each individual woman
- Includes a proactive safety check before the procedure
"It's simply safer, easier and results in a shorter
recovery period," Dr. Newman said. “When we talk about delivering superior
health care with compassion at Wellmont, this is a prime example.”
Endometrial ablation is not appropriate for everyone. Women
who still hope to bear children should not choose endometrial ablation, he
said. Patients with an enlarged uterus from either fibroids or adenomyosis are
not ideal candidates, either.
For the majority of healthy women who continue to have heavy
periods, however, endometrial ablation might be just what the doctor ordered.
“It is very important for me as a physician to make sure my
patients realize they always have options," Dr. Newman said. "Those
options don't have to be complicated. In fact, sometimes the simplest solutions
are the best ones. It pleases me greatly that we can offer an opportunity to
our female patients that enhances their life."
For more information, please visit www.wellmont.org or call Dr. Newman’s
office at 276-523-0390 or Wellmont
Nurse Connection at 1-877-230-NURSE.