Fibroids - a common condition with a simple solution

Fibroids are a very common health condition affecting millions of women - usually between 30 and 40 years of age - in the UK.

Fibroids are a very common health condition affecting millions of women - usually between 30 and 40 years of age - in the UK.  They are growths within the muscle of the uterus and are usually non-cancerous. It is estimated that more than 1 in every 4 woman of reproductive age has fibroids .

Even though fibroids are usually benign (in other words non-cancerous) they can, nonetheless, have a very detrimental effect on a women’s wellbeing and lifestyle.

Depending on their location in the uterus, how many there are and their size, fibroids can cause symptoms ranging from mild pelvic pressure to quite severe pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, pain during sex, miscarriages and problems conceiving - problems that often cause significant emotional distress as well.

A fibroid can be as small as a pea or as large a grapefruit in some cases. Most of the time fibroids grow slowly but others develop more quickly. They typically grow larger over time.

When fibroids cause symptoms, surgery is recommended.  Traditionally hysterectomy has been advised, but as this is major surgery it can have significant health and emotional consequences. There is however an alternative procedure available in the UK called GYNECARE VERSAPOINT* which is both minimally invasive and quick.

With this approach the fibroid is removed by using a telescope-like instrument called a hysteroscope that is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. The fibroid is then removed using a targeted electric current, which vaporises the fibroid.  It is also suitable for treating polyps. It is especially indicated in women who wish to have more children as this procedure does not leave scars on the womb.

GYNECARE VERSAPOINT* is a short procedure which can be performed under local anaesthetic and generally requires no hospital stay. Most patients feel less pain and heal faster than if they had undergone a hysterectomy because there is no cutting of skin nor stitches as in traditional surgery.

Following treatment most women can resume normal activities within a few days.

Mr Martin Farrugia, consultant gynaecologist and specialist in minimal access surgery at East Kent Hospitals Trust says “Hysterectomy is a procedure we try to avoid if possible.  GYNECARE VERSAPOINT* is a very effective treatment for fibroids and polyps because it is minimally invasive, and leaves no scarring. The risk of physical and emotional trauma following this procedure is less than following a hysterectomy, which requires a long convalescence. I can perform GYNECARE VERSAPOINT* as a day case under local anaesthetic, which means the patient can go home quickly and resume to normal life within a few days.  A crucial point worth mentioning is that this procedure leaves the lining of the womb intact, meaning that pregnancy at a future date is not compromised in any way.“

As with any surgical procedure there are risks to consider.  With GYNECARE VERSAPOINT* there is a risk of bleeding, infection or damage to vital structures. 

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