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Uterine Fibroid Treatments Offer Less Pain, Faster Recovery

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus. They can cause pain, cramping, heavy periods, frequent urination, and pressure in the pelvic area. The good news? Doctors at Paoli Hospital are using new technology to treat fibroids faster, with less pain and a shorter recovery period.

Three-Dimensional Radiology
Paoli Hospital is currently the only facility in the world offering a new treatment called MRA fusion. Atul Gupta, MD, the director of Interventional Radiology at Paoli, helped develop this technique. Since last year, he’s been using MRA fusion to successfully treat uterine fibroids.

The procedure uses three-dimensional radiology technology to create a “human GPS system” that provides a detailed map of the uterus and fibroids. Dr. Gupta employs this technology to perform uterine fibroid embolization—a procedure that cuts off the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink. “MRA fusion allows us to do this procedure using up to 70 percent less radiation and 50 percent less X-ray dye, all in 50 percent less time,” says Dr. Gupta. “My patients are ready to go home after staying in the hospital overnight.”

Robotic Surgery
Another option for treating uterine fibroids is robotic-assisted surgery. Surgeons can access the uterus through three to four small incisions in the abdomen. “The robot allows me to use my hands to move the surgical instruments remotely, almost as I would if they were inside the patient,” says Melissa Delaney, DO, an OB/GYN at Paoli Hospital. “It allows much more control and precision.”

Dr. Delaney has used robotic surgery to treat fibroids with hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus. “The procedure takes less time and patients lose much less blood,” she says. “It also makes recovery time a lot shorter—so they feel better much more quickly.” Most patients spend one night in the hospital and are back to work in two weeks.

To make an appointment with Dr. Gupta or Dr. Delaney, visit our website or call 1.866.CALL.MLH.
 
Posted by Main Line Health on 2/6/2012 10:38:00 AM

Uterine Fibroid Treatments Offer Less Pain, Faster Recovery

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus. They can cause pain, cramping, heavy periods, frequent urination, and pressure in the pelvic area. The good news? Doctors at Paoli Hospital are using new technology to treat fibroids faster, with less pain and a shorter recovery period.

Three-Dimensional Radiology
Paoli Hospital is currently the only facility in the world offering a new treatment called MRA fusion. Atul Gupta, MD, the director of Interventional Radiology at Paoli, helped develop this technique. Since last year, he’s been using MRA fusion to successfully treat uterine fibroids.

The procedure uses three-dimensional radiology technology to create a “human GPS system” that provides a detailed map of the uterus and fibroids. Dr. Gupta employs this technology to perform uterine fibroid embolization—a procedure that cuts off the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink. “MRA fusion allows us to do this procedure using up to 70 percent less radiation and 50 percent less X-ray dye, all in 50 percent less time,” says Dr. Gupta. “My patients are ready to go home after staying in the hospital overnight.”

Robotic Surgery
Another option for treating uterine fibroids is robotic-assisted surgery. Surgeons can access the uterus through three to four small incisions in the abdomen. “The robot allows me to use my hands to move the surgical instruments remotely, almost as I would if they were inside the patient,” says Melissa Delaney, DO, an OB/GYN at Paoli Hospital. “It allows much more control and precision.”

Dr. Delaney has used robotic surgery to treat fibroids with hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus. “The procedure takes less time and patients lose much less blood,” she says. “It also makes recovery time a lot shorter—so they feel better much more quickly.” Most patients spend one night in the hospital and are back to work in two weeks.

To make an appointment with Dr. Gupta or Dr. Delaney, visit our website or call 1.866.CALL.MLH.
 
Posted by Main Line Health on 2/6/2012 10:38:00 AM
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