Gynecare Thermachoice

heavy bleeding treatment

One in five women, of reproductive age, suffer from heavy periods known as menorrhagia. This condition results in menstrual bleeding for more than 7 days, soaking through either a tampon or pad every hour for two hours or more, or passing blood clots. Those affected women lose 10 to 24 times the normal amount of blood during their menstrual period and may experience symptoms such as iron deficiency, pain and fatigue. Gynecare ThermaChoice® is a minimally invasive, effective treatment option for menorrhagia.

While there are several different treatment options available for managing heavy periods, only the ThermaChoice procedure produces effective results without incisions. Birth control pills may recommended to help manage the condition, but sometimes this is ineffective or undesirable for women. A hysterectomy is also an option in the treatment of menorrhagia, but this procedure involves the surgical removal of the uterus and is considered major surgery.

The ThermaChoice Procedure

During the ThermaChoice procedure, a soft, flexible balloon, attached to a catheter, is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. The balloon is then filled with fluid so that it inflates and molds to the unique contour of the uterus. The fluid is heated and circulated for approximately eight minutes to treat the lining of the uterus. After the treatment is completed, the fluid is withdrawn from the balloon and the catheter is removed. The balloon is carefully removed from the uterus, with no scarring and virtually no discomfort for most patients.
This procedure is performed in the doctor's office. It does not require incisions. The entire procedure takes eight minutes and patients are able to return home the same day. Women may experience feelings of warmth or pressure during the procedure, but these symptoms are typically mild.

Recovery After the ThermaChoice Procedure

Patients are able to return to work and resume normal activities the day after the procedure. A week to ten days after the procedure, patients will shed the uterine lining in the form of a menstrual period. Most patients schedule a follow-up appointment about a week to ten days after the procedure, at which point sexual activity can resume.
Some women may experience heavy menstrual bleeding during their next few cycles, but eventually see their periods return to a more normal state.

Risks of the ThermaChoice Procedure

While ThermaChoice procedure is considered to be safe, there are certain risks and complications associated with any medical procedure.

Some of these risks may include:

  • Rupture of the uterus
  • Thermal injury to uterine tissue
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Infection
  • Perforation

Most of these complications are considered rare, and most patients undergo this procedure with little to no problems.

This procedure should not be performed on women with the following conditions:

  • Active genital infections
  • Active urinary tract infections
  • An IUD (intrauterine device) in place
  • Pregnant or wish to become pregnant in the future

If you are interested in learning more about the ThermaChoice procedure, please call us today to schedule an appointment.

* We would be happy to discuss with you any questions or concerns you might have! Please call us at (516) 439-5300 for a consultation, or to setup an appointment!