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Monday, 28 May 2018 16:03

A micro-invasive method for treating symptomatic Uterine Fibroids.

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A micro-invasive method for treating symptomatic Uterine Fibroids.

Fibroid Embolization conducted as a day procedure under local anesthetic With Fibroid Embolisation, symptoms of uterine fibroids can be resolved by means of a minimally invasive procedure which is conducted through the femoral artery of the groin or the radial artery in the wrist. This procedure is gaining traction in the Southern African region where it is looked to be an alternative to invasive methods such as a Hysterectomy. Fibroid Embolisation is available through Fibroid Care, an initiative that services parts of Sub- Saharan African including South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Fibroid Care was founded by Fibroid Embolisation specialist and interventional radiologist Dr Andrew Lawson.

Fibroids are masses of muscular tissue and fibrous cells that develop in the uterus. Many women are unaware they have fibroids as they are often symptom free and can go undetected without a x-ray or medical scan. Symptomatic fibroids however, cause a range of difficulties for the fibroid sufferer who may experience excessive menstrual bleeding for long periods of time, pain in the pelvis and back as well as frequent urination and pain during sexual intercourse.Treatment options for problematic fibroids depend on the patient’s medical history as well as their expectations around fertility. Options like a hysterectomy will bring about the end of a woman’s child bearing years while less invasive techniques like a myomectomy may preserve fertility but still carry a risk of causing a hindrance. Fibroid Embolisation does not negatively impact a woman’s ability to conceive as it treats the fibroid in isolation.

It is conducted as a day procedure, with minimal recovery time. Fibroid Embolisation makes use of targeted treatment and requires a small incision be made in the wrist or groin of the patient. Through this incision a catheter is fed and used to locate the artery that sustains the fibroid. Inoperative particles are used to create a blockage to the fibroid nourishing artery, causing it to eventually shrink away. Symptom relief is experienced fairly quickly and reoccurrence is rare.This highly effective and safe procedure is available through Fibroid Care who perform the procedure at various locations in sub-saharan Africa.

Their primary location is at the Netcare Femina Hospital which is located in Pretoria. They also operate at Mediclinic Heart Hospital (Pretoria), Rondebosch Medical Centre (Cape Town), Vergelegen Mediclinic (Somerset West), Lenmend Bokamoso( Botswana) and Welwitschia (Namibia) With rising demand for this revolutionary technique, Fibroid Care has expressed their commitment to expansion in the African region.

About Dr Andrew Lawson
Dr Andrew Lawson is an interventional Radiologist, committed to the execution of minimally invasive and targeted treatment. He studied towards his medical degree at the University of Witwaterstrand before furthering his studies in Cape Town where he acquired accreditation in Radiology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has always been interested in Artery Embolisation and received training in this field whilst in England where he completed his specialization at the Royal Surrey Hospital. He is the founding member of Fibroid Care.

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