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A relatively new procedure is becoming more widely available for women who consistently suffer from heavy, lengthy periods that interfere with her life. The procedure is called Microsulis' endometrial ablation. It involves the patient being sedated but conscious while a wand-like device is swept over the lining of the uterus. The inner lining is heated and this prevents it growing back. This results in 60% of women ceasing menstruation and 40% will have lighter or normal periods. Pregnancy is still possible after the procedure but it is advised the women wanting to have more children should try to avoid the procedure due to possible complications to the developing baby. The procedure is noninvasive and recovery is much quicker than for a hysterectomy. It is not able to cure symptoms of premenstrual syndrome however. Risks of the procedure include post-procedural infections and accidental rupturing of the uterus and possible affecting the bowel or bladder. The treatment is mostly aimed at women over 30 who don't want more children but have not yet reached menopause. Usually medication treatment is tried first and if that fails, the new procedure may be recommended. If this too fails, then a hysterectomy may be warranted. Roughly 30,000 women have already undergone the procedure with up to 4,000 of these in America.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by York Daily Record/York Sunday News
About: Non-invasive option available for women suffering from heavy periods
Date: 19 December 2004
Source: York Daily Record/York Sunday News
Author: Jennifer Nejman
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