During laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation, the doctor sees inside the abdomen using two special instruments. One is a laparoscopic camera positioned above the uterus. The other is a laparoscopic ultrasound wand that sits directly on the uterus. Using both instruments provides the doctor with two views of a uterine fibroid. This allows for more-thorough treatment than would be possible with just one view. After locating a uterine fibroid, the doctor uses another thin device to send several small needles into the fibroid. The small needles heat up, destroying fibroid tissue.
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