"From No Hope to Hope"
Does fibroid removal always mean a
hysterectomy? Not any more
Mrs. Kamala Menon (38) had been married for
11 yrs. To her great disappointment her
marriage had not been blessed with children.
What’s more - every month she would suffer -
her periods would continue for a long time
and involve massive bleeding. Investigation
revealed that Mrs. Menon had an abnormally
large fibroid (11 cms) in size in her
uterus. She was also severely anaemic with a
haemoglobin count of 4.
Under regular circumstances the fibroid
would have to be removed surgically and in
all likelihood the uterus would be removed
too. This information was devastating to the
“Even though I was childless I always had
the hope that the situation could change.
With this diagnosis all my hopes were
dashed!” she said.
Radical New Therapy
In the West, interventional procedures are
being taken up as alternative therapy for
the removal of fibroids whereby the uterus
is preserved. In India it is a relatively
new procedure, adopted by select hospitals
only. Mrs. Menon was referred to MIOT
Hospitals by an infertility expert who
had heard of the interventional procedures
that were being undertaken by us in this
Mrs. Menon was keen to avoid a hysterectomy
with its physiological and psychological
consequences, so she readily agreed to
undergo the new procedure.
How it was done at MIOT
First we introduced a catheter into the
uterine artery. The flow of blood to the
fibroid was blocked with embolising agents.
The bleeding was arrested immediately.
Starved of blood supply the fibroid would
shrink in size gradually over a period of
After two months we repeated the Ultrasound.
In it the fibroid showed a 30% reduction in
size. Mrs. Menon now has normal periods and
her haemoglobin count has improved.
“I thought a hysterectomy was certain!” said
a beaming Mrs. Menon. “I am really grateful
to MIOT for this effective
procedure and high ethical standards.
All the symptoms and discomforts of the
fibroid have almost disappeared, and the
best news is that I have a chance to
conceive a child!”
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