Heavy Periods and Cramping

by Dr. Maurice Leibman on March 21, 2012

Heavy Periods and Cramping

This Hydrothermal Ablation (HTA) – The “old-new”

 HTA is one of the “older” technologies for ablation and has made a comeback and is now what I consider to be a “new” technology. Actually, all that has happened is that the HTA has been retooled, updated and made safe.

HTA circulates free-flowing heated fluid throughout the uterine cavity, ensuring that every nook and cranny of the uterine lining is treated without missing any spots. With HTA, the fluid naturally fills and conforms to the shape of each individual uterus, so even if you have fibroids or a large or irregular shaped uterus, the fluid can reach all areas and give you the best chance for a successful treatment.  On the technical side HTA, provides a uniform depth of treatment of 3-4mm in the uterine cavity and 2-3mm in the important cornua area. HTA has the highest clinical amenorrhea and success rates at three years compared to all other ablation devices, more than half of those patients eliminating their periods completely (53.4%). The HTA procedure is performed under constant and direct visualization making it extremely safe while minimizing the risks of perforation and/or other internal injury. What I really like about the HTA is that it performs a continuous safety check throughout the entire procedure and will automatically stop the procedure if there is any reason for concern. Another neat feature is that the HTA procedure sheath is positioned with the only tip inside the uterine cavity and does not press anything against the fundus (top) of the uterus, further reducing the risk of perforation and/or discomfort. HTA can be performed in the office setting under local or general anesthesia and is well tolerated because gentle, free- flowing fluid is circulated under low pressure. The HTA conforms to each patient, and provides a safe, effective, and well tolerated treatment for women who suffer from heavy bleeding.

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