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Safety and five-year re-intervention following magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) for uterine fibroids

Authors:  Quinn, S, Vedelago J, Gedroyc W, Regan L. Journal:  Europeam Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Study From:  London, England Problem:  While MRgFUS (also called high intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU) is not new, the results of treatment over the long-term have not been reported in the medical literature. Study:  Following treatment […]

Why not biopsy fibroids before surgery to make sure they are not cancer?

Some people have recently suggested that all women have biopsies of their fibroids before surgery to determine which women have typical fibroids and which women might have a leiomyosarcoma (LMS). There are many problems with this idea. To start, I am going to use the word tumor throughout this post. When we hear” tumor”, most […]

How Often Does Morcellation Involve Cancers other than LMS?

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that the rate of uterine cancer among women having surgical procedures using morcellation was 1 woman out of 368. Since the recent FDA hearing was about morcellation and the risk of finding uterine leiomyosarcoma (LMS), some of the media have misinterpreted this […]

How Common is Uterine Leiomyosarcoma? (LMS)?

There is a lot of confusing information circulating about morcellation and uterine leiomyosarcoma in the media since the FDA hearing on this issue a few weeks ago.  I plan to post my analysis of the information, in segments, over the next week or two.  This first post provides commentary about the numbers used in research […]

The FDA and the Warning About Uterine and Fibroid Morcellation

As many of you probably know by now, the FDA recently issued a warning saying that morcellation of fibroids during laparoscopic myomectomy (or during laparoscopic hysterectomy) should be avoided because of the risk of uterine leiomyosarcoma (uterine muscle wall cancer). I disagree with this decision (see reasons below) and ask that women who have benefitted […]

Fibroids and Thyroid Disease

Overt hypothyroidism is associated with the presence of uterine leiomyoma: a retrospective analysis. Authors: Ott J, Kurz C, Braun R, Promberger R, Seemann R, Vytiska-Binstorfer E, Walch K. Journal: Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 Mar 13 [Epub ahead of print] Study From: Medical University of Vienna, Austria Problem: A possible correlation between uterine […]

Embolization has Better Long-term Results than High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound

Study: Outcome of uterine artery embolization versus MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment for uterine fibroids: Long-term results. Journal: European Journal of Radiology, 2013 (not printed yet) Authors: Froeling V, Meckelburg K, Schreiter NF, Scheurig-Muenkler C, Kamp J, Maurer MH, Beck A, Hamm B, Kroencke TJ. Study from: Medical University of Berlin, Germany Problem: The first […]

Finally: Prevention of Ovarian Cancer!

Ovarian cancer is a terrible disease, almost impossible to find early before it has spread and very hard to cure despite the best efforts over the past 40 years. As a result, it had been common practice to remove ovaries when a hysterectomy was performed in order to prevent the future development of ovarian cancer. […]

Dr. Parker featured on NBC4 Los Angeles

Dr. Parker was interviewed for NBC4 Los Angeles regarding his latest study on removing a woman’s ovaries during hysterectomy. Removing Ovaries During Hysterectomy May Increase Health Risks: Study A new study finds that hysterectomies may cause more harm than good. The study revealed that even after a woman’s reproductive years are over, her ovaries are […]

Dr. William Parker joins UCLA faculty full-time

Dr. William Parker is pleased to announce his appointment as Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery for UCLA. While joining the faculty of UCLA full-time, Dr. Parker will continue to maintain his surgical practice at his current office location in Santa Monica. This appointment enables Dr. Parker to do more teaching with the faculty and […]

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Fibroid Doctor William H. Parker

Dr. William H. Parker is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Parker is an internationally recognized expert in fibroid surgery and research. Based in San Diego, California, he is considered one of the best fibroid surgeons for abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy in the United States and abroad. He has been chosen for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors every year beginning in the late 90's.

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