What is NovaSure?

NovaSure endometrial ablation is a procedure using radiofrequency to reduce or stop heavy menstrual bleeding in women by permanently destroying the endometrium, the uterine lining that is responsible for causing heavy bleeding. It can be performed in the doctor’s office or at the hospital.

Benefits of NovaSure

Benefits of NovaSure procedure include:

  • Quick procedure, taking less than five minutes
  • No incision required
  • No preparation required for this procedure

NovaSure Procedure

During the procedure your doctor slightly opens the cervix, a slender wand is inserted, and a triangular mesh device is extended into the uterus. The mesh is than expanded so that it fits the shape and size of your uterus. For about 90 seconds, radiofrequency energy is delivered through the mesh. The mesh is then pulled back into the wand and both are removed from the uterus.

After NovaSure Procedure

Immediately after the procedure, you may experience some discomfort such as nausea, vomiting or mild pain. You can resume your normal activities within a day or so. There may be bloody or watery vaginal discharge, which is normal. 

Risks and Complications of NovaSure Procedure

As with any procedure, NovaSure is associated with certain risks and complications which include, but are not limited to bleeding infection or organ injury within the abdomen or around the uterus

Contact your doctor immediately if you observe the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain in the pelvic region
  • Problems going to the bathroom
  • Vaginal discharge of a greenish color
  • Nausea, vomiting and dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever above 100.4 degree Fahrenheit
  • ACOG
  • AIUM
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • NYU langone Medical center
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities
  • UpToDate