Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 277, Issue 2, pp 99–108 | Cite as

Thermal balloon endometrial ablation: a systematic review

  • C. Iavazzo
  • N. Salakos
  • K. Bakalianou
  • N. Vitoratos
  • G. Vorgias
  • A. Liapis
Review Article

Abstract

Objective

The aim of our study is to review the role of thermal balloon endometrial ablation (TBEA) as an alternative in treating abnormal uterine bleeding.

Methods

Articles relevant to our review and relevant references from the initially identified articles on the field that were archived by May 2007, were retrieved from Pubmed.

Results

Success rates ranged from 83 up to 94%, with patient’s satisfaction ranging from 57 up to 94%. Persisted menorrhagia could reach 17% in some studies.

Conclusion

TBEA is an effective alternative method used in the treatment of menorrhagea which results in a significant reduction in menstrual bleeding and high satisfaction rates. However, a longer follow-up is required to determine the role of such a treatment.

Keywords

Thermal balloon endometrial ablation (TBEA) Metrorrhagia Dysfunctional uterine bleeding 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Iavazzo
    • 1
    • 4
  • N. Salakos
    • 2
    • 3
  • K. Bakalianou
    • 2
    • 3
  • N. Vitoratos
    • 2
    • 3
  • G. Vorgias
    • 1
  • A. Liapis
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GynecologyMETAXA Cancer HospitalPiraeusGreece
  2. 2.Family Planning Unit, 2nd Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Athens, Aretaieion HospitalAthensGreece
  3. 3.2nd Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Athens, Aretaieion HospitalAthensGreece
  4. 4.AthensGreece

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