Washington: Montefiore Medical Center has used Radio Frequency Ablation to shrink uterine fibroids in women, becoming the first hospital in the United States to use the procedure since approved by the US Food and Drug Administration late last year. This minimally invasive procedure, initially used to treat liver cancer, uses a tiny needle that emits a low-energy electrical current directly to the fibroid to destroy it. "About a third of all women suffer from fibroids, which can cause excessive menstrual bleeding and pain. This minimally invasive procedure can avoid the need for a hysterectomy and provide women with a new option that preserves the uterus," said Scott Chudnoff, M.D., director of gynecology at Montefiore.Fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the uterus. They are the most common tumor in the reproductive years and are two to three times more common among African-American women. Symptoms can include heavy or painful menstrual bleeding, a feeling of pressure in the pelvis, frequent urination, pain during intercourse, abdominal bloating and back ache. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fibroids are the leading cause for hysterectomies, which are the most common surgical procedures for women after cesarean section.
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