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Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
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2/2022
vol. 17
 
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Gynaecology
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Combined procedure of the transcervical radiofrequency ablation (TRFA) system and surgical hysteroscopy. Increased risk or safe procedure?

Elvin Piriyev
1
,
Sven Schiermeier
2
,
Thomas Römer
3

1.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Academic Hospital Cologne Weyertal University of Cologne, University Witten-Herdecke, Germany
2.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Witten-Herdecke, Marien-Hospital, Witten, Germany
3.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Academic Hospital, Cologne Weyertal University of Cologne, Germany
Videosurgery Miniinv 2022; 17 (2): 380–384
Online publish date: 2022/02/17
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Introduction
The advantage of transcervical radiofrequency ablation (TRFA) is that it is minimally invasive, incision-free, and treats a wide spectrum of fibroids, including those that are not accessible by surgical hysteroscopy (FIGO 3, 4, 5, 6, and 2-5). However, there are no publications describing a combined procedure of operative hysteroscopy and TRFA yet, so it was still unknown whether a combined procedure is associated with additional risks.

Aim
To report the combined technique of transcervical intrauterine radiofrequency ablation of fibroids and surgical hysteroscopy.

Material and methods
Our study was designed to show the results of our case series with 21 patients. The retrospective study included only patients who were treated with the combined procedure of surgical hysteroscopy with fibroid and/or endometrial resection and fibroid ablation using the Sonata System.

Results
The combined procedure was performed without any complications in all cases. Two days after surgery, no increased morbidity was observed compared to only conventional surgical hysteroscopy and/or therapy with the TRFA. All patients were satisfied with the procedure. No late complications were observed within the first 6 months postoperatively. Seventeen patients with bleeding symptoms were asked about their subjective assessment of improvement. Fifteen patients reported significant improvement in symptoms and 1 patient reported only minimal improvement. Only 1 patient, who underwent TRFA and endometrial resection, did not report any improvement. No increase in symptoms was observed.

Conclusions
Although TRFA is an approved method, it is not yet widely used worldwide. The combined procedure has been rarely used. The aim of our work is to show through our case series that transcervical radiofrequency ablation can be combined with surgical hysteroscopy for fibroid and/or endometrial resection without any additional risk.

keywords:

ablation, fibroid, Sonata, surgical hysteroscopy, transcervical radiofrequency ablation, uterine bleeding

  
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