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Uterine Fibroids can Be Treated Without Major Surgery

by Medindia Content Team on  April 13, 2008 at 1:50 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
Uterine Fibroids can Be Treated Without Major Surgery
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY have revealed that uterine fibroids can now be treated by 3T MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS), which is safe, non-invasive and effective.
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"Approximately 25% of women in the United States have clinically symptomatic fibroids, and treatment has most commonly been surgical with hysterectomy or myomectomy. However, in the past decade, new options have been developed in radiology, includingnon-invasive MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) and minimally invasive uterine artery embolization (UAE) to treat these patients," said Elizabeth K. Arleo, MD, lead author of the study along with Robert J. Min, MD, MBA, chairman of radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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The study evaluated 20 patients who had symptomatic leiomyomas and were treated with 3T MRgFUS. These patients had a pelvic MRI and completed a symptom severity score (SSS) of the uterine fibroid symptom and health related quality of life prior to the procedure and at 6 and 12 months after the procedure.

According to the study, at 6 month follow-up, there was a decrease in SSS (ranging between 10-59%), treated fibroid volume, and total uterine volume. At 12 month follow-up, there was a persistent decrease in SSS (ranging between 15-62%), treated myoma volume, and total uterine volume.

"In contrast to having major abdominal surgery with possible removal of their uterus, a patient can have a safe and effective, totally noninvasive procedure in an outpatient setting without the risks of general anesthesia, no ionizing radiation and a much shorter recovery period," said Dr. Arleo. "Patients have returned to work as early as one day after MRgFUS, instead of approximately three days after UAE or six weeks after a myomectomy or hysterectomy," she said.




Source: Newswise
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Hello
Please iam a newly married woman of age 30 that resently noticeed uterine fibroid. please how can be treated without sugery thank you.what am supposed to be doing as patient to reduseor stop it groth totally. is there any exercise for it or any advice at that you would love to give me to faclitate my chance of falling pregnant because i have heard testimanies of women that actually fall pregnant even with the fibriod. please advice me Best regards
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