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
Fibroids, also known as uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow within the muscle tissue of the uterus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
These Doctors have now gone on to perform the procedures themselves on local women
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