Do you have uterine fibroids? A minimally invasive new treatment clinical trial could be for you

If you are among the millions of women who suffer from Uterine Fibroids then you may want to look into this new minimally invasive treatment under investigation. But first the basics :

In case you are wondering what fibroids are, here is some info.
Uterine Fibroids are a common muscle cell tumor that grows in the wall of the uterus. It often causes increased bleeding and pain with menstrual periods.
– Millions of women suffer from Uterine fibroids, also simply known as fibroids or myomas, leiomyomas.
– The cause of uterine fibroid tumors is unknown.
– 80% women develop these tumors during their lifetime. 70% of Caucasian women and over 80% of African- American women develop uterine fibroids by the age of 50.
– 25%-30% of women have symptomatic fibroids. They may experience heavy menstrual periods, menstrual pain, abdominal enlargement, pain with sexual intercourse, increased frequency of urination and simply, a feeling of fullness.

Physicians often treat symptomatic fibroids by removing the uterus, a process known as hysterectomy. It is estimated that approx 230,000 hysterectomies are conducted every year.

Less dramatic treatments have been developed, like removing the fibroid tissue while leaving the uterus behind (myomectomy) or blocking the uterine artery (uterine artery embolization) to reduce the fibroid size.  A new treatment is being investigated in which just three needle like tubes are inserted in the abdomen via a laparoscope. One of these is inserted in the fibroid tissue and the tissue is ablated by heat energy generated by high frequency radio waves (radio frequency ablation).

Initial clinical studies with women (outside the US) have shown positive results and hence a larger Phase 3 clinical trial is underway in 6 sites in the USA. These include Phoenix, New York, Detroit, San Ramon (CA), Reno (NV) and Chesterfield (MO). If you are above 25, have completed child bearing and dont want to have a hysterectomy then you may want to reach out the the nearest clinical trial site and find our more.

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33 thoughts on “Do you have uterine fibroids? A minimally invasive new treatment clinical trial could be for you

  1. suffering with fibroid tumors for years i have endometirois ,heavy bleeding .bloating was treated with a injection of lupron in september of 2009 havent bled since but idont want to have a hysterectomy if the bleeding occurs again

  2. samantha, the treatment is for women above the age of 25. women 55 yrs old may qualify as well. you should email the clinical trial investigator for this fibroid trial to know more

  3. Is this radiofrequency ablation the same as thermal ablation? also does the procedure just remove the fibroid or the whole uterine lining?
    –How is it different from thermal ablation being done so far?
    –Are there benefits over a hysteroscopic myomectomy?
    –Will the procedure be done in LA, if so where?

    • the procedure sort of just melts the fibroid tissue using the heat waves – the destroyed tissue gets absorbed by the body in dude time. So technically the fibroid is not excised and removed out of the body. Your entire uterine lining is not removed.

      this procedure uses high energy Radiofrequency waves. Thermal ablation usually works with MR guided ultra sound waves.

      This procedure doesnt remove your uterus wholly or partially so in that respects its better than hysterectomy. plus this procedure can be done in the outpatient and DOESNT require major surgery.

      The clinical trial is being done at Dr. ian Tiley site in USC, Los Angeles – use the form on the right side of the fibroid trial page to contact the investigator.

  4. i weigh 250 pounds. most of the trials you have to be under a certin weight
    what then – can I still see about getting in the study or do I not meet the standerds

    • jody – i think you can still be eligible for the study. however, you will need to contact the trial investigators to get a confirmatory answer.

  5. what is being done in the study? i mean what procedure is being done?
    do u have to stay in the hospital afterward and for how long?

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  8. I have had bad menstrual cramping and bleeding that I cannot function properly. I am 40+ and i dont want to have any more children. I have no insurance and it’s been difficult on me.

    If this program might help me in anyway, I would be grateful.

  9. @maryk – the procedure is done like any other laparoscopic surgery. 3 thin tubes are inserted in the abdomen and one of them is used to insert a device that uses heat waves to reduce the fibroid tissue – the surgery is minimally invasive and patients can be back up and running in 2-4 days usually

  10. i have fibroids and when its my periods, i bleed so bad and the pain is just out of this world!!
    How do we get this treatment and where and y it comes.
    Is it like cancer? Will it go away on its own?

  11. i have a quick question – Does fibroids shrink/stop growing or is there any natural treatment?
    If you have stopped your periods for approx. 10 years and not having any problems should surgery be an option?

  12. I have 7 fibriods and I have heavy bleeding, pressure on my bladder, and pain.

    I would like to know if i do not become a part of the study,how long would it take for new medical procedure to be tested and administered to the public.

  13. I recently had a uterine ablation (freezing-type) 4 months ago that has been unsuccessful. Would I
    be eligible to participate in this study?

  14. my gyn said i have cluster fibroids and i would need a hysterrectomy but i dont want that painful operation at all. I was also told that my abdomen was 20 cm distended out so that makes my fibroids fairly large.would i be a candidate for this RFA treatment?

  15. I am 44 yrs old. i have heavy bleeding during menstruation and it pains and it last for almost two weeks. please advise how to get treatment to avoid this.

  16. I have three ping pong ball sized fibroid tumors in my uterus as determined by ultrasound. I’d like to participate in this study but I’m afraid my medication will preclude this (I’m taking Cymbalta)

  17. i have been diagnosed with fibroids about a year ago and i am scared to go through surgery and if i dont get the surgery will the matter get worse?

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  19. 20 cm fibroid does it need surgery, yes, but a new A new treatment is being investigated in which just three needle like tubes are inserted in the abdomen via a laparoscope. One of these is inserted in the fibroid tissue and the tissue is ablated by heat energy generated by high frequency radio waves (radio frequency ablation).

  20. Hello-I have 5 fibroids, the location of which indicates UAE per Dr. Lipman. I am 40 and single. I hope to marry and have children in the very near future. If there is a study that I can participate in for reducing the size of my fibroids, I would be happy to talk with someone. I hope the location is in my state (GA) or nearby. Thank you for any information.

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