STOP COPING WITH FIBROIDS & START LIVING

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Once you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, your next  question is likely, “What treatment should I pursue?”  

The answer to this  question can be quite tricky, especially because there are several  different treatments for fibroids, but the most commonly prescribe solution is a hysterectomy.  

So if you are feeling a bit confused  about your diagnosis and are unsure what to do, you are not alone and 

you may have MORE options than you think!


                                      Say NO to a hysterectomy and discover EFE

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What Are Fibroids

Fibroids, also known as uterine fibroids are  benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow within the muscle tissue of the  uterus.


Who is at Risk

 Uterine fibroids are the most common tumors within the female reproductive system and all women are at a potential risk of developing  them. However, they are extremely prevalent in black women. 


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What Does The Research Say?

Black women are up to 5 times more likely to develop uterine fibroids with an earlier age of onset. It is estimated that Fibroids can effect up to 70% of black women.   


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Unnecessary Hysterectomy

Some physicians believe a widespread lack of knowledge and  mistaken beliefs among many women about fibroids and alternative  treatments are major reasons why many women get a hysterectomy  unnecessarily.  A 2017 survey commissioned by the Society of  Interventional Radiology, found that 20% believe a hysterectomy is the only treatment for uterine fibroids and 19% believe fibroids are cancerous and require the removal of the uterus.

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Keeping The Motherhood Dream Alive

For many women with fibroids, the desire for future pregnancy is an  important part of the fibroid treatment decision-making process. If  you’ve been told surgery is your only option, consider Uterine  Fibroid Embolization (UFE).  This minimally invasive procedure has an approx  90% cure rate. That research also shows it can be a safe option  for women who desire future pregnancy.

Impacting Women Across Commonwealth Countries

African/Caribbean countries make up the majority of the Commonwealth countries.


This is why The Jarrett Foundation is collaborating with an International Commonwealth team of experts, who are all on a mission to train doctors across the entire Commonwealth, so that women are made aware of their choices and not have unnecessary hysterectomies.    

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Courtesy of Merit Medical Think Radial

2018 Training Doctors in Kenya

With the increasing number of women requiring fibroid treatment,  hospitals in Kenya have welcomed international doctors to treat their  patients with uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE).


In July 2018 Merit Medical joined Darren Klass, MBChB, MD, MRCS, FRCR,  FRCPC, on a trip to Kenya to educate Kenyan physicians, including  gynaecologists (referring clinicians) and radiologists, on this  uterine, minimally invasive option. The aim was to educate  referring clinicians on UFE and provide one-on-one training to Kenyan  radiologists, in order for them to provide this treatment to their  patients independently and offer a full-time service.


In an intensive 10 days, Dr. Klass presented a number of UFE courses to  several clinical teams in Karen and Kenyatta National Hospital in  Nairobi and Aga Khan in Mombasa. Along with physician training, patients  were also scheduled to undergo UFE in both cities.  Dr. Klass observed  and trained the teams while they treated their own patients.


“I arrived here wanting to improve the lives and care of women in  Kenya,” Dr. Klass tells Merit Medical. “I am pleased that by training  interventional radiologists in Kenya to perform this life-changing  procedure, I saw this happening. Every single person I met in Kenya was  grateful for the purpose of this trip.”

2019 Planned Training of Doctors in Jamaica

Because the Mission to Kenya was so successful, the team are now gearing up for a Mission to Jamaica.  


The Plan is to pilot the project in one area and then roll it out to hospitals and medical centres across Jamaica. 

Kenyan Doctors Being Taught the Procedure

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These Doctors have now gone on to perform the procedures themselves on local women

Emergency UFE case being presented at a Kenyan Medical Association meeting

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Laura Walters from Merit Medical and a local Kenyan Doctor

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