Uterine fibroids are a common cause of heavy uterine bleeding and pain in reproductive-age women and the most prevalent benign tumor. They are responsible for almost half of all hysterectomies performed annually in the United States.
Traditionally, surgeons have treated fibroids through removal by open abdominal surgery – either by hysterectomy, in which the entire uterus is removed, or by myomectomy, where the uterus remains and only the fibroids are removed. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to provide the latest and most advanced treatment options for uterine fibroids, including minimally invasive surgical techniques and non-invasive radiologic procedures.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center highly experienced and skilled surgeons who employ both open-incision surgical procedures as well as newer, more sophisticated laparoscopic, hysteroscopic and robotic surgeries. In fact, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is a recognized leader in such minimally invasive surgical alternatives for removal of uterine fibroids. These alternatives allow a woman to leave the hospital the same day of surgery and return to normal activities almost immediately.
Patients benefit from the presence of the da Vinci® Surgical System at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. This robotic technology gives gynecologists increased precision, dexterity and control, allowing them to overcome limitations of both traditional open incision and laparoscopic surgery. Myomectomies and hysterectomies performed with this device require a very small incision that results in significantly less pain and the potential for better clinical outcomes than with traditional surgery.
NON-INVASIVE RADIOLOGIC PROCEDURES
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical and less invasive method for treating symptomatic fibroid tumors through interventional radiology. Also known as uterine artery embolization, or UAE, this procedure cuts off the blood supply to the fibroids and has been performed safely and successfully in thousands of women worldwide since the 1990s.
Compared to traditional fibroid surgery, UFE requires no general anesthesia, is less invasive with no surgical scars, and allows a quicker return to normal activities. Also, there is no evidence that fibroids will return.
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is an advanced therapy using focused ultrasound technology to treat uterine fibroids by heating and destroying the tissue. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is one of only three centers in the United States chosen for a Philips Healthcare-sponsored clinical trial of MRI-guided HIFU removal of uterine fibroids, which allows the surgeon to observe the ultrasound path during treatment and monitor the temperature increase in the fibroid tissue during the procedure.
This MRI technology provides greater focus of the ultrasound together with other advances that permit a physician to complete a procedure in approximately half the time required for current FDA-approved technology. With HIFU, a patient avoids surgery and an overnight hospital stay, typically has a quick recovery of only one to three days, does not require constant medication and receives no radiation.
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