An Australian patient who suffered from fibroids (myomas) in the womb, gave birth to a healthy baby girl after receiving the ExAblate non-invasive treatment for fibroids.
"mother Amy Cordle said she was thrilled to give birth to her daughter, Neroli, last month after receiving the treatment in 2009 because she was previously advised not to attempt pregnancy with a fibroid.
Mrs Cordle said although the procedure was unpleasant, causing some pain while she was in the MRI machine for about six hours, she went home on the same day and could go jogging three days later." (Published in The Age, Feb. 3, 2011).
Ms. Cordle underwent the ExAblate treatment at the Royal Women's Hospital in Australia. Two years ago the hospital became the first in Australia to offer the Revolutionary treatment - ExAblate, for women suffering from fibroids.
ExAblate is a non-surgical system that uses ultrasound waves to destroy fibroids in women's womb while they lie inside an MRI machine.
Royal Women's Hospital recently reported that it had successfully treated about 110 women with ExAblate, including several who have gone on to fall pregnant and deliver healthy babies.
Uterine fibroids might lead to a number of complications during pregnancy and also cause infertility.
Dr Andrew Dobrotwir, clinical director of radiology at the Royal Women's Hospital, said that some patients with fibroids have difficulties in conceiving and surgery could lead to more damage of their reproductive organs, leaving them infertile in the process. Therefore, ExAblate is a great alternative where the patient does not need an anaesthetic, incisions, any sort of surgery. The patients walk in and walk out and her fertility can be improved in the process.
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