A NEW procedure is being offered at Colchester Hospital to treat fibroids.

The East Suffolk and North Suffolk Trust has introduced the Sonata system which uses radio frequency.

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths which develop in the muscle layer around the womb.

The most common pelvic tumour in women, uterine fibroids affect around 12-25 per cent of those of a reproductive age and can cause heavy bleeding, pain and discomfort.

The new system gives women the chance to have their fibroids treated under local anaesthetic as an outpatient and return home the same day.

Previously large fibroids would have needed major surgery.

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Fadi Alfhaily, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology and service lead at Colchester Hospital, said: "We are delighted that we are now able to offer patients from across north Essex and east Suffolk this new, incision-free treatment for fibroids.

“The procedure only takes around 30 minutes to complete and can be carried out in an outpatient clinic, which is great news as it frees up hospital beds for those who need to be admitted overnight.

“Before we started using this system, women with large fibroids would need either a hysterectomy or a myomectomy, both of which are major surgeries and would see the patient stay in hospital for several days and then spend the next 12 weeks recovering.

"With Sonata, patients recover within few days, which means they can get back to doing the things they enjoy more quickly."