INSIGHTEC’s Women’s Health treatment option provides a non-invasive solution for symptomatic Uterine Fibroids that spares the uterus and may be considered for patients who seek fertility-sparing options. Focused ultrasound waves, guided by magnetic resonance imaging are used to safely ablate tumor tissue, ensuring a high rate of effectiveness with minimal side effects. Performed on an outpatient basis, patients can return to work and normal activity within days. Prevalence of uterine fibroids increases with age. In the US, 40% of 35 year old women suffer from uterine fibroids, while almost 70% have uterine fibroids by the age of 50*. Many patients tend to wait more than 3 years from discovery for treatment**, while in the meantime fibroids are growing.
*Khan AT, Shehmar M, Gupta JK Uterine fibroids: current perspectives Int J Womens Health. 2014; 6: 95–114. doi: 10.2147/IJWH.S51083; Day Baird D, Dunson DB, Hill MC, Cousins D, Schectman JM: High cumulative incidence of uterine leiomyoma in black and white women: ultrasound evidence. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003, 188(1):100–107
** Fibroidrelief.org, survey of 968 women between 2011 and 2012
Ablation of uterine fibroid tissue in pre- or peri-menopausal women with symptomatic uterine fibroids who desire a uterine sparing procedure and whose uterine size is less than 24 weeks.
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INSIGHTEC uses MR guided Focused (MRgFUS) as a non-invasive thermal ablation technique to relieve symptoms caused by uterine fibroids. MRgFUS destroys uterine fibroid tissue using a thermal effect.
Ultrasound energy is focused onto the fibroid, heating the targeted tissue at a temperature above 55ºC for a few seconds. This heating of the tissue results in local coagulation and necrosis of the heated cells. A single application of the energy is called ‘sonication’ and a typical treatment is comprised of multiple ’sonications’. Sonications are repeated until the entire volume of the fibroid has been treated. Immediately post treatment, the physician can evaluate the treatment results by using a contrast agent which indicates the extent of the volume of fibroid that was successfully treated.
Why Insightec Women's Health?
Incision-less treatment that presents a low rate of complications and allows for real-time feedback of fibroid ablation.
An alternative to surgery that’s also uterus preserving and offers quick recovery and return to normal activity within days. May be considered in patients who seek fertility sparing options for symptomatic uterine fibroids
An outpatient procedure that allows for medical facilities to expand their range of services and improve the throughput of their MR room