1.1 Evidence on the safety of hysteroscopic mechanical tissue removal (hysteroscopic morcellation) for uterine fibroids shows there are well recognised, infrequent but potentially serious side-effects. Evidence on its efficacy is limited in quantity and quality. Therefore, this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent, and audit or research. Find out what special arrangements mean on the NICE interventional procedures guidance page.
1.2 Clinicians wishing to do hysteroscopic mechanical tissue removal (hysteroscopic morcellation) for uterine fibroids should:
Inform the clinical governance leads in their healthcare organisation.
Ensure that patients (and their families and carers, as appropriate) understand the procedure's safety and efficacy, and any uncertainties about these.
Audit and review clinical outcomes of all patients having the procedure. The main efficacy and safety outcomes identified in this guidance can be entered into NICE's interventional procedure outcomes audit tool (for use at local discretion).
Discuss the outcomes of the procedure during their annual appraisal to reflect, learn and improve.
1.3 Healthcare organisations should:
Ensure systems are in place that support clinicians to collect and report data on outcomes and safety for every patient having this procedure.
Regularly review data on outcomes and safety for this procedure.
1.4 The procedure should only be done by clinicians with specific training in this technique, including fluid management.
1.5 Further research should report details of patient selection and patient reported outcomes, particularly symptom relief.