What is the role of thermal balloon therapy in the treatment of menorrhagia?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Julia A Shaw, MD, MBA, FACOG; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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A balloon catheter filled with isotonic sodium chloride solution is inserted into the endometrial cavity, inflated, and heated to 87°C for 8 minutes.

Uterine balloon therapy cannot be used in irregular uterine cavities because the balloon will not conform to the cavity.

Studies report a 90% satisfaction rate and a 25% amenorrhea rate. Long-term studies are ongoing.


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