Hysteroscopic endometrial ablation with the neodymium-YAG laser.

  • James Davis
  • Published 1989 in British journal of obstetrics and gynaecology


Over the past 3 years a series of patients referred to the gynaecological department at Stobhill Hospital with menorrhagia have been treated, as an alternative to hysterectomy, by endometrial ablation with the neodymium-YAG laser. The results in the first 25 patients with a follow-up of over 6 months are presented. The overall success rate was only 52%, but by increasing the power output of the laser energy used to 80 W the rate of success increased to 83%. Of the 25 patients 13 were selected for laser treatment because hysterectomy was considered unsuitable on account of obesity or medical and surgical conditions; the other 12 wanted to avoid a hysterectomy. The technique and its problems are discussed.

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@article{Davis1989HysteroscopicEA, title={Hysteroscopic endometrial ablation with the neodymium-YAG laser.}, author={James Davis}, journal={British journal of obstetrics and gynaecology}, year={1989}, volume={96 8}, pages={928-32} }