Microwave Endometrial Ablation is a procedure, which uses electromagnetic waves to destroy the lining of the womb and stop heavy periods. The operation can be performed under either general or local anaesthetic. It takes about 15 minutes to complete, and as the probe is passed via a catheter through the cervix there is no need for surgery.
Heavy bleeding is one of the main reasons for women to undergo hysterectomy. The Drug and Therapies bulletin have compared hysterectomy against endometrial destruction (by a variety of means) in the treatment of heavy bleeding.
NICE (National Institute for Clinical Effectiveness) have issued guidance on the latest treatment for endometriosis, which is laparoscopic helium plasma coagulation.
A brand new and totally non-invasive procedure that uses high-intensity ultrasound waves to heat and destroy uterine fibroid tissue has been shown to significantly reduce and/or relieve the symptoms associated with fibroids in the women suffering from them.