By William H. Parker, MD
If you are visiting this website, it is likely that you or someone close to you has uterine fibroids…
Recent developments in gynecology have expanded the treatment alternatives now available to women with fibroids. I wrote and designed this website to provide women with comprehensive and easy-to-understand information about fibroids and state-of-the-art treatments available.
I am a practicing gynecologist in Santa Monica, California, Clinical Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UCLA School of Medicine, Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, former President of an international minimally invasive gynecological organization (AAGL) and former Chair of the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Most importantly, I have been performing and teaching all the available surgical techniques covered in this website for many years, and this experience has allowed me to stay in the forefront of the field.
The medical information available to women regarding fibroids in books, on the internet or from doctors is often contradictory and confusing. In my own efforts to understand all the issues related to fibroids, I undertook a year-long review of more than 300 papers from the medical literature. As a result of that review, I published a two-part article in the internationally renowned journal Fertility and Sterility. For those who wish to see the original articles, they may be accessed here: Etiology, Symptomatology and Diagnosis of Uterine Myomas and Uterine Myomas: Management. Much of the information on this website is adapted from those articles and it is information you will want to know before choosing the path to take for any fibroid-associated problems.
The present pressures in healthcare leave many doctors little time or incentive to learn new medical developments, and they have even less time to explain treatment alternatives to patients. For women who need treatment, many treatment options exist and you need to search out a doctor who both understands all the available options and who is also skilled at performing these treatments (or the rare doctor who will refer you to another physician who does have the necessary skill and experience).
I have many years of experience in performing laparoscopic myomectomy, abdominal myomectomy for large fibroids and hysteroscopic myomectomy. I hope that this website will have the answers you’ve been looking for and will provide you with a trusted reference to turn to. And, I wish you good health.
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA School of Medicine
Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Page last updated: August 13, 2013