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Category Archives: Recent Fibroid Research

Dr. Parker will post summaries of recent fibroid research every week and will comment about the significance of the research and how it applies to women with fibroids. Feel free to add your comments or thoughts.

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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. […]

Adenomyosis and Infertility

Journal: Obstetrics and Gynecology International, 2012 Authors: Campo S, Campo V, Benagiano G. Study from: Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Roma, Italy. Problem: Adenomyosis is a benign condition where the uterine lining cells grow deep into the uterine muscle wall. For many years, adenomyosis has been suspected of causing infertility in women. In the past, […]

Predictors of Successful Surgical Outcome in Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Authors: Twijnstra AR, Blikkendaal MD, van Zwet EW, van Kesteren PJ, de Kroon CD, Jansen FW. Journal: Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2012;119:700-8. Study from: Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands. Problem:  Can a successful surgery be predicted from the surgeon’s experience or other measures of his/her surgical skill. Study: The outcomes of 1,534 laparoscopic hysterectomies performed […]

Recovery at Home After Major Gynecologic Surgery

Authors: Evenson M, Payne D, Nygaard I. Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012;119:780-4 Study from: University of Utah School of Medicine Problem: Women’s recovery and pain control during the first 6 weeks following gynecologic surgery has not been well studied. Study: Women having either abdominal or vaginal surgery were asked to determine their pain and pain […]

Effect of Surgical Volume on Outcomes

Authors: Wallenstein MR, Ananth CV, Kim JH, Burke WM, Hershman DL, Lewin SN, Neugut AI, Lu YS, Herzog TJ, Wright JD. Study from: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, Journal: Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2012;119:709-16. Problem: Studies from other surgical specialties show that surgeons who regularly perform operations have better results than those […]

Complication Rates and Effectiveness of Uterine Artery Embolization

Title: Complication Rates and Effectiveness of Uterine Artery Embolization in the Treatment of Symptomatic Leiomyomas: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Journal: American Journal of Roentgenology, 2012; volume 199, pages 1153-1163. Authors: Sundeep S. Toor, Arash Jaberi, D. Blair Macdonald, Mathew D. F. McInnes, Mark E. Schweitzer and Pasteur Rasuli. Study from: Department of Medical Imaging, […]

Following Myomectomy, the Uterus is not Swiss Cheese!

Many gynecologists tell women that, after a myomectomy, their uterus will look like Swiss Cheese and there will be nothing left to put back together. So, they say, it is best for you to have a hysterectomy. Often, when I see women for a second or third or……opinion, I am often asked, “if you take […]


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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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