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What happens during endometrial resection?

Endometrial resection usually takes up to one hour and is performed under general anaesthetic. Your gynaecologist will pass a thin tube with a light at the end called a hysteroscope through your vagina and cervix into the cavity of your womb. A very thin loop attached to the hysteroscope will be used to remove (resect) the lining of your womb so it does not grow back. 

Going home after endometrial resection

Endometrial resection is usually performed as a day case meaning you can go home the day of your procedure. Sometimes patients will be asked to stay overnight to recover from general anaesthetic. 

You may experience some cramping similar to period pain for 24 to 48 hours after this procedure. You may also have slight bleeding or discharge for up to 2 - 3 weeks. Please contact your consultant if you experience any increase in bleeding or pain.

You should be able to return to normal activities within 48 - 72 hours. 

Most women experience lighter periods following endometrial resection. Some find they no longer have periods. 

Note: endometrial resection causes reduced menstrual flow. In some cases patients no longer have periods. You should not have this procedure if you plan to have children.

What complications can happen?

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

General complications of any operation:

  • Pain
  • Sickness or feeling sick
  • Bleeding or discharge
  • Infection
  • Blood clots (Deep vein thrombosis)

Specific complications of endometrial resection may include:

  • Accidental puncture of the uterus or nearby organs
  • Burns to the surface of the uterus
  • Cervical laceration (tearing of the opening of the uterus)
  • Continued bleeding or pain

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Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
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Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

Self Pay Enquiries 0300 131 1401
Switchboard 01483 555800
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Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
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Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
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Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Woking  

Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

Switchboard 01483 227800
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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