Gynecologist located in Athens, GA
For women in Athens, Georgia, and the surrounding area who suffer from abnormally heavy periods, NovaSure® endometrial ablation is a powerful and effective treatment option. Judson Shelnutt, MD, of Shelnutt Gynecology, has extensive experience with this procedure and has put it to use to help many women find lasting relief from heavy bleeding. If you have questions about whether NovaSure is right for you, call or use the online booking tool to set up a personalized consultation with Dr. Shelnutt today.
NovaSure Q & A
What is NovaSure endometrial ablation?
NovaSure endometrial ablation is an FDA-approved procedure to treat abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding. More than 15 years of clinical studies and thousands of successful procedures back NovaSure.
Dr. Shelnutt chose to include NovaSure among his treatment offerings because it is both safe and effective. The procedure requires no preparation and can be performed in-office at Shelnutt Gynecology.
How does NovaSure work?
NovaSure resolves heavy bleeding by removing your endometrium, which is the tissue that lines your uterus and creates your period. The process is similar to the initial steps of a pelvic exam.
Dr. Shelnutt begins by gently opening your cervix to gain access to your uterus. He inserts a thin wand equipped with a netted device in the shape of a triangle. Once in place, the netting expands to rest against the walls of your uterus.
At that point, carefully controlled radiofrequency energy is delivered for around 90 seconds. Dr. Shelnutt then removes the netting by retracting it back into the wand and then removes the wand from your uterus.
You may experience mild pain, cramping, and nausea for a day or two after your procedure, but there should be no significant pain. Watery or bloody discharge is also normal in the weeks following your procedure and is nothing to worry about.
How do I know if NovaSure is right for me?
While NovaSure is an excellent treatment option for heavy bleeding, the procedure isn’t a good fit for every woman. NovaSure is only appropriate for a woman who has completed childbearing.
NovaSure is also not a good match for women with uterine cancer or who have an active urinary or pelvic infection. If you have an IUD in place, you’ll need to have it removed prior to your NovaSure procedure.
To learn more about NovaSure and other treatments to address heavy bleeding, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Shelnutt today. Booking is as simple as a phone call to Shelnutt Gynecology or a visit to the online scheduling page.