New fast treatment option for women with fibroids or polyps

An innovative new surgical treatment which offers fast results for women with problems caused by fibroids or polyps is now available on the NHS for patients in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

The procedure, known as Myosure, is an option for the removal of fibroids and polyps from the womb without the need for a general anaesthetic or an invasive operation – meaning women can return home on the same day.

The treatment, which is carried out at Bradford’s Westwood Park Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, reduces heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids or polyps without harming the womb lining, which is especially important for women who want to have children in the future.

The condition affects over 50,000 women in the UK and can cause heavy periods, bleeding between periods, abdominal pain and lower back pain. These symptoms can be so severe that women are often forced to miss days of work and social activities due to bleeding, pain and discomfort.

The Bradford and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) commission the service which is available for women living in the Bradford district and Craven and, by GP referral, throughout the country.

Dr Anne Connolly, the CCGs’ clinical specialty lead for women’s health, said: “I’m delighted that we’re now able to provide this service locally for women who suffer from the often debilitating pain and other problems of fibroids and polyps. They can be in and out of our clinic in just a couple of hours and back to their normal daily lives.

“This is also an excellent procedure for women who may have fertility issues due to fibroids or polyps and would like to get pregnant in the future.”

Myosure is the latest treatment option available to women at Westwood Park. It joins other more established technologies like Novasure endometrial ablation, which can reduce the need for women to have a hysterectomy. Both procedures are part of the hysteroscopy service available to women in the Bradford district which means they have faster access to a range of gynaecological treatments and investigations.

The service is run by Dr Connolly, who is also a Bradford GP, and Helen Ludkin, a nurse practitioner with special interest in gynaecology, working in partnership with Professor Sian Jones, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  

Over the past few years over 200 women have been treated using the Novasure technique which involves the surgical removal of the lining of the womb, only takes about 90 seconds and does not require a general anaesthetic.
Patients should always talk to their GP to see which treatments and procedures are suitable for their condition, and referrals can be made if appropriate