London, April 17 (ANI): A woman has become the first in the UK to be sterilised in a 15-minute procedure dubbed 'female vasectomy'.
Mum-of-two Natalie Read, 37, opted for the Adiana treatment because she cannot take the Pill.
"When I found out about Adiana being piloted I had no second thoughts. I am unable to take oral contraceptives and this option was the perfect choice for me. I think it's fantastic. I was expecting more discomfort but just feel a mild ache at the moment," the Scotsman quoted Read, a travel consultant, as saying.
The traditional means of sterilisation, known as bilateral tubal ligation, usually requires about five days of recovery.
However, patients who undergo the 15-minute Adiana procedure should be able to return to work within a day.
"The operation is on a par with a vasectomy because it is so quick and uncomplicated. A few days later I was able to spend a weekend in France," Read said.
Phil Robarts, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at St John's Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, performed the procedure.
In traditional sterilisation, one or two cuts are made to the stomach, but Adiana is performed without cutting through the skin.
A tiny piece of silicon, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted in the fallopian tube and healthy tissue grows around it, causing a permanent blockage meaning eggs do not reach the womb. It leaves no scars.
Following the success of the first patient, another mother, Lucy Barrett, from Braintree, Essex, has undergone the procedure. (ANI)