The problems fibroids cause
Fibroids can cause women all kinds of problems – from bloating to heavy periods, as well as putting pressure on the bladder, causing a constant urge to go to the loo.
Fibroids are a common cause of heavy, painful periods, however many women are totally unaware that they have them. In fact, around one in three women in the UK develop fibroids, usually between the ages 30 and 50.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of tissue within the walls of the uterus. The size of fibroids varies widely, but the larger they are the more likely it is that they will cause problems.
Traditionally, women with troublesome fibroids would either have a hysterectomy or have them removed in an operating theatre under general anaesthetic in a procedure called hysteroscopic resection. Now, with the MyoSure system, it is possible to have them treated quickly and easily without the need for a hospital stay.
What is the Myosure system?
The MyoSure system is a quick, convenient way to carry out assessment and treatment of fibroids and polyps in one procedure. First your gynaecologist performs a diagnostic hysteroscopy – to assess the lining of the uterus using a hysteroscope (a slim telescope and a small camera). If any fibroids or polyps are detected then these can be removed immediately through a minimally invasive procedure without the need for any cuts or scars.
Finding the best gynaecologist for fibroid removal
At the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy in Brussels in 2014, Mr Gardner’s team presented a study of MyoSure hysteroscopic resection, which showed there had been no complications with the procedure. Impressively, the pain scores were very low, with an average of just 2.4 out of a possible score of 10.
The MyoSure system may also assist with the earlier detection of endometrial cancer in polyps, and Mr Gardner is currently researching this area.
The benefits of office gynaecology
Usually, patients will take simple oral painkillers a couple of hours before undergoing the MyoSure procedure for the treatment of fibroids.
There are many advantages to avoiding a general anaesthetic:
• You don’t have to fast beforehand
• You avoid the risk of complications caused by the anaesthetic
• You avoid the after-effects of general anaesthetic, which can include fainting, nausea and vomiting
• There is less risk of thrombosis
• There is a reduced risk of surgical complications or infection
The safest option for fibroid removal
In addition to the benefits of avoiding general anaesthetic listed above, office gynaecology, also known as ambulatory gynaecology, is safer and more cost effective. You are awake during the procedure, are aware of what is going on and can even chat to the clinic staff throughout. There is also less chance of complications such as accidental perforation of the womb.
Same day fibroid removal
If you wish, you can be assessed and treated for fibroids on the same day, saving you a lot of time. As there is no need for pre-operative assessment, the number of appointments you have to attend is reduced.
Overall, you’ll experience much less disruption to your daily life, leaving more time for you to get on with the things you want to do.