OBJECTIVE: To investigate the difference of long-term amenorrhea rate in patients with menorrhagia treated by endometrial laser intrauterine thermal therapy (ELITT), a new nonhysteroscopic endometrial ablation procedure, versus transcervical hysteroscopic endometrial resection (TCRE). DESIGN: Randomized clinical study. Healthy volunteers in an academic research environment. SETTING: Academic teaching hospital. PATIENT(S): Premenopausal women with abnormal uterine bleeding. INTERVENTION(S): Fifty-eight patients were treated with the ELITT procedure and 58 patients with TCRE; both groups were treated with GnRH agonists before the procedure. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Bleeding status and patient satisfaction after treatment were evaluated as well as the intraoperative complication rate. RESULT(S): At 12 months, the amenorrhea rate was 56% in the ELITT group and 23% in the TCRE group. At 36 months, the figures were 61% for ELITT and 24% for TCRE. No significant complications were recorded for either procedure. CONCLUSION(S): Results of this randomized study demonstrate that both procedures are equally effective in the treatment of menorrhagia. However, the ELITT procedure has proven to be superior in inducing amenorrhea.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Fertility and Sterility|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology