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19.01.2010 news 1 Comment

New Technology for Fibroid Ablation.

News from the Wall Street Journal on a novel new minimally invasive device  that treats fibroids in women.

Of all the pains and indignities the female body suffers, some of the most common are uterine fibroids—benign tissue growths in the womb. It’s estimated that as many as 70% of women develop them at some point. Most are asymptomatic and women never know they’re there. But in about one-third of cases—even more among African-American women—the fibroids become large enough to cause pain in the back, abdomen and pelvis, bloating and very heavy menstrual bleeding. Some grow to be as large as a grapefruit and can interfere with other organs.

The standard treatment is a hysterectomy, which permanently removes the uterus along with the fibroids. More than 200,000 hysterectomies are performed in the U.S. each year for fibroids; it’s the second most common surgical procedure for women, after Cesarean sections. read more