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Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that form in the lining of the uterus (womb). They can cause symptoms such as heavy, painful periods and urinary incontinence (leaking urine). They can also be associated with problems becoming pregnant and with miscarriage.
Fibroids can be removed surgically using a procedure called hysteroscopic resection. In this traditional method, a hysteroscope has to be inserted into the womb, taken out, and then put back in several times.
NICE has looked at using hysteroscopic morcellation as another treatment option. In this procedure, the hysteroscope is inserted into the womb only once.