44 years old
"As co-owner with my husband of a large helicopter business in New Hampshire, I am constantly on the go being an adventurous woman brimming with energy. However, for most of the past decade, I have been struggling with a uterine fibroid that left me fatigued and without energy. Menstrual periods involved large clotting, and I often experienced pressure feelings and bladder issues.
Although I resolved not to let the uterine fibroid stand in my way, my symptoms worsened so significantly that this led me to investigate treatment options. Hysterectomy was not an option in my mind, but I was told the myomectomy was harder and that UAE was excruciating. None of the options seemed good, until I learned about the ExAblate treatment and I knew this was the treatment for me.
Two days after the treatment, I was back at work, and six weeks after my ExAblate treatment, I am already feeling much better and most noticeably the pressure is greatly reduced. I do not experience any fatigue and am thrilled to wake up with a burst of energy."
47 years old
"Being an outdoorswoman I was the type of woman who never let anything slow her down. That is - until my uterine fibroids started to interfere. For four years, from the time the fibroid was first diagnosed, it grew significantly and became increasingly painful. Menstrual periods made me weak and dizzy, even forcing me to lie down in the middle of the day. Prior to the beginning of my cycle, cramps would begin, often awakening me from sleep. Toward the end, I began planning my schedule around my menstrual cycle.
I consulted several GYNs about my condition and received varied recommendations, but none inspired my confidence until I learned about the ExAblate treatment.
The day after treatment, I went back to work. Seven days after treatment, I boarded a plane bound for the jungles of Costa Rica. While there, I hiked over 25 miles of steep ravines, rappelled down a 50 foot waterfall, went horseback riding on the black sandy beaches of the Pacific, body surfed and climbed 102 slippery concrete steps 2-3 times each day to get to the cabin where I was staying. I never felt better!"
The following menstrual cycle proved that my pre-cycle cramps had greatly diminished, and the cycle itself was shorter in length with less intense bleeding. The constant pressure on my bladder seemed diminished as well. I strongly believe in this technology.
48 years old
"I had suffered for about six years with terrible pain and excessive bleeding from a single uterine fibroid, when I read about focused ultrasound treatment on the internet.
I couldn't carry on without treatment, but I didn't relish the prospect of a hysterectomy and its relatively long recovery period.
The FUS treatment went smoothly, exactly as the doctors had explained, with only one moment of discomfort, a shooting pain down my leg. I went home after the procedure and returned to work the next day.
As the fibroids shrunk my symptoms improved: the excessive bleeding has stopped completely and the pain and discomfort are gone."
45 years old
"I was already scheduled for a hysterectomy to alleviate the extensive symptoms from my uterine fibroids, when a relative told me about focused ultrasound treatment. After discussions with the treating physicians and extensive reading about the procedure and clinical results, I was convinced this was a great alternative.
I haven't been let down. The treatment and its aftermath were exactly what was promised. More importantly, my symptoms, which included occasional strong pains and a constant feeling of tiredness have gone away and haven't returned.
I'm very happy and very grateful to the doctors and developers of this treatment."
47 years old
"The wake-up call for me was when I ran into an old friend on the sidewalk who asked, "When is it due?" The friend, of course, was referring to what she thought was a pregnancy, but was in actuality - and unbeknownst to me - two uterine fibroids. My friend's comment made me face the fact that things were just not right with my body.
Being a very active woman, who in years past worked as a personal trainer, I noticed that my stomach was enlarged, it was oddly hard, and no amount of exercise would change the situation. Finally, after confirming with my doctor that I had uterine fibroids I considered the treatment options. Hysterectomy seemed to be the only option, but I struggled with the decision, uncertain that I could deal with the drawbacks of the treatment and feeling that I wanted to "keep my original parts."
Upon learning about the ExAblate treatment from my in-laws, I knew that this was the option for me. The procedure itself was different, being on my stomach made me a bit groggy and I also felt a little back pain - but overall felt the treatment was very manageable. One year after treatment, I feel that my cycle more closely resembles my pre-fibroid cycle. I occasionally get headaches, but not nearly as intense as before treatment. My abdomen is soft, like it should be, and it has shrunk in size and my urination patterns are back to normal.
The treatment did not hinder me in any way, on the contrary, I continue with all my sport activities and I recommend this treatment to everyone."