Microwave endometrial ablation versus endometrial resection: a randomized controlled trial

Christine Bain, K. G. Cooper, David Parkin

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    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE: To compare menstrual status, satisfaction, and acceptability of microwave endometrial ablation with transcervical endometrial resection for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding.

    METHODS: Women were randomized to either endometrial ablative method. Menstrual status, satisfaction, acceptability, and changes in health-related quality of life were obtained by a self-completed questionnaire. Case note review and personal communication identified farther surgery rates at 2 years after each procedure.

    RESULTS: Among the original 263 women who underwent endometrial ablation, 24 (95%) returned questionnaires at 2 years. Menstrual status in both groups was similar, although the amenorrhea rate was higher after microwave endometrial ablation. Seventy-nine percent of women were either completely or generally satisfied after microwave ablation compared with 67% after transcervical endometrial resection. Health-related quality-of-life scores remained higher than at recruitment for both treatments. Hysterectomy rates were similar at 2 years (11.6% after microwave endometrial ablation and 12.7% after transcervical endometrial resection), and no repeat endometrial ablative procedures were required.

    CONCLUSION: Microwave endometrial ablation is an effective alternative to transcervical endometrial resection for dysfunctional uterine bleeding. (Obstet Gynecol 2002;99: 983-7. (C) 2002 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)983-987
    Number of pages4
    JournalObstetrics & Gynecology
    Volume99
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

    Keywords

    • HEALTH SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE
    • HEAVY MENSTRUAL LOSS
    • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
    • ABDOMINAL HYSTERECTOMY
    • LASER-ABLATION
    • SURVEY SF-36
    • MENORRHAGIA
    • MULTICENTER
    • MANAGEMENT
    • OUTCOMES

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