Endometrial ablation is an outpatient surgery to treat heavy prolonged menstruation. This is usually a therapy for women who have failed hormonal therapy or are not a candidate for such. There are varying techniques and devices but basically the surgery destroys the lining of the uterus so that future menstruation lessons on cases all together. It is not a treatment for pain and not an approved form of birth control. This cannot be done on someone during childbearing potential. The procedures are short 10 to 20 minutes minimally invasive with minimal pain and low-risk. They are typically done with a general anesthesia in an outpatient setting.