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Thermal Balloon and Rollerball Ablation to Treat Menorrhagia: A Multicenter Comparison.

MEYER, WILLIAM R. MD; WALSH, BRIAN W. MD; GRAINGER, DAVID A. MD; PEACOCK, LISA M. MD; LOFFER, FRANKLIN D. MD; STEEGE, JOHN F. MD

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Abstract

Objective: To compare the clinical efficacy and safety of a thermal uterine balloon system with hysteroscopic rollerball ablation in the treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

Methods: Two hundred fifty-five premenopausal women were treated in a randomized multicenter study comparing thermal uterine balloon therapy with hysteroscopic rollerball ablation for the treatment of menorrhagia. Preproce-dural and postprocedural menstrual diary scores and quality-of-life questionnaires were obtained. Twelve-month follow-up data are presented on 239 women.

Results: Twelve-month results indicated that both tech-niques significantly reduced menstrual blood flow with no clinically significant difference between the two groups as reflected by return to normal bleeding or less (balloon 80.2% and rollerball ablation 84.3%). Multiple quality-of-life ques-tionnaire results were also similar, including percent of patients highly satisfied with their results (balloon 85.6% compared with rollerball 86.7%). A 90% decrease in diary scores was seen in more than 60% of patients in both groups. Procedural time was reduced significantly in the uterine balloon therapy group. Intraoperative complications oc-curred in 3.2% of the hysteroscopic rollerball patients, whereas no intraoperative complications occurred in the thermal balloon group.

Conclusion: In the treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, uterine balloon therapy is as efficacious as hysteroscopic rollerball ablation and may be safer.

(C) 1998 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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