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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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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.

Fibroids and Sexuality

Dr Parker’s Comments: There have been very few studies examining the effect of fibroids on women’s sexual satisfaction, and even fewer on the effects of different treatment options on sexual satisfaction. For that reason, the current findings that women with fibroids have more pelvic pain with intercourse and that myomectomy appears to help many of these women are good steps in helping women understand their symptoms. Similar research with regard to other treatment options including uterine artery embolization, focused ultrasound, mefipristone, etc, are sorely needed.

How Do Women Feel about Hysterectomy and Myomectomy?

A Qualitative Comparison of Women’s Attitudes Towards Hysterectomy and Myomectomy Julie Askew PhD. Healthcare for Women International 2009;30:728-42. Study: Eighteen women, ages 31-49, who suffered from symptoms of fibroids and who had undergone a hysterectomy or myomectomy in the past 2 years were interviewed by the author. All of the women had further education or […]

Large Fibroids Can Be Removed by Myomectomy

Dear Dr Parker, I am a forty year old female living in Australia and recently tests have shown that I have a very large fibroid growing on the Uterus Muscle. The fibroid is 17.5cm X 16.3cm X 6.8cm. I am worried that so far most have the notion that I would require a full hysterectomy […]

New Research on the Myths Regarding Instructions Doctors Give Following Surgery

Available studies of activity restrictions following surgery do not support many of the recommendations currently provided by doctors. Resumption of usual activities after gynecologic surgery helps integrate women back into normal life and, although more study is needed, they suggested more liberal recommendations after abdominal surgery

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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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