The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Genesys HTA System of Boston Scientific Corp. for treatment of menorrhagia, or abnormally heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding.

The system includes a hardware and software unit that controls the procedure through tubing and a sheath of heated saline solution to the endometrial (interior) lining of the uterus.

The procedure can be done in a hospital outpatient setting under general anesthesia or a physician office using a local anesthetic.

An estimated 10 million women in the United States have menorrhagia, according to the Natick, Mass.-based vendor. More information is available at bostonscientific.com.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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