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Benefits and risks

Benefits and risks

When NICE looked at the evidence, it decided there wasn't enough evidence to be sure how well the procedure worked. The 9 studies that NICE looked at involved a total of 4548 patients.

Generally, they showed that after hysteroscopic metroplasty women were more likely to become pregnant.

The studies showed that the risks of hysteroscopic metroplasty included:

  • damage to the womb or cervix during the procedure

  • complications during the procedure, such as excessive bleeding or fluid collecting in the lungs

  • scar tissue forming in the womb after the procedure

  • the womb rupturing during pregnancy or delivery

  • 1 woman had an ectopic pregnancy after the procedure. A pregnancy is ectopic when it happens outside the womb (for example, in the tubes that carry the egg to the womb).

If you want to know more about the studies, see the guidance. Ask your health professional to explain anything you don't understand.

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