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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 […]

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, […]

Using MRI to Determine Surgical Treatment Options for Women with Fibroids

The utility of MRI for the surgical treatment of women with uterine fibroid tumors Journal: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (in press, available now on-line for subscribers) Authors: William Parker From: UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. Problem: Fibroids can usually be diagnosed by pelvic examination and ultrasound, but neither gives us exact […]

Endometriosis – do I need a hysterectomy, do I need my ovaries out?

My ob/gyn strongly suggested that I start thinking about having a hysterectomy as well as having my ovaries removed.

Hysterectomy for Fibroids with Minimal Symptoms

Hysterectomy should not be necessary and you should seek a second opinion from a gynecologist who can offer you the other options in order to see what is right for you.

Second Opinions

Dr. Parker, I am 49 yrs. old in good physical health. I walk or run several times a week, and am slim(5ft.115 lbs) and look youthful. However, I have a lot of stress-6 children, 2 with drug addictions, a difficult marriage, etc. I have a 10 cm fibroid that is putting pressure on my rectum. […]

Outcomes from fibroid (leiomyoma) therapies: comparison with normal controls.

Journal: Obstetetrics and Gynecology. 2010 Sep;116(3):641-52. Authors: Spies JB, Bradley LD, Guido R, Maxwell GL, Levine BA, Coyne K. Study from: Georgetown University Hospital Department of Radiology, Washington, DC Problem: Despite the very common occurrence of fibroids, very few studies have evaluated the severity of symptoms caused by uterine fibroids, their effect on health-related quality-of-life, […]

Cancer Experts Agree: Keep Your Ovaries

Women who do not have the BRCA cancer gene or a strong family history of ovarian cancer should strongly consider keeping their ovaries, especially if they are not menopausal.

How Do Women Feel after Treatment for Fibroids with Myomectomy, Embolization or Hysterectomy?

At the beginning of the study, the women filled out questionnaires asking about their level of activity, energy level, sexual function, pain, social functioning, general health and mental health. Six and 12 months later, questionnaires showed that, after any of the three fibroid treatments, most women felt as good as women without fibroids. At 12 months, women who had a hysterectomy had fewer symptoms (no bleeding) than women who had myomectomies or UAE.

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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 Los Angeles, 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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