UK Performs First 15-Minute Female 'Vasectomy'

Procedure uses radio waves instead of knife
By Jess Kilby,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2009 6:41 AM CDT
UK Performs First 15-Minute Female 'Vasectomy'
A revolutionary new female sterilization procedure using radio waves instead of incisions greatly reduces recovery time and risk of infection.   (Shutterstock)

A revolutionary new 15-minute female sterilization procedure has been performed for the first time in the UK, reports the Daily Mail. The procedure uses radio waves instead of incisions and in US trials most patients were able to go home within 30 minutes of receiving local anesthesia. The more invasive tubal ligation requires cuts into the abdomen and recovery can take up to several weeks.

“It is brilliant compared to the normal operation because there is no discomfort or scarring afterwards,” said the patient, who compared it to getting a vasectomy. “I was able to walk in and walk out. A few days later I was able to spend a weekend in France.” Trials have shown the procedure, called the Adiana Permanent Contraception System, to be 98.9% effective.
(More vasectomy stories.)

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