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Uterus Fibroids & Adenomyosis

Uterus Fibroids

Uterus Fibroids are the most common benign muscular tumors (non-cancerous) that can grow on your uterus.
Fibroids can vary a lot in size, shape, and location. They can show up in your uterus, uterine wall, or on its surface. They can also attach to your uterus by a stalk- or stem-like structure.
Uterine fibroids usually appear in women of childbearing age — generally between 30-40 years old, up to 40-50% of women during menopause likely to have uterine fibroids.

Symptoms

Fibroids may cause very mild symptoms, no symptoms at all, or symptoms that are severe. The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include, heavy, prolonged or painful periods, pain in the lower abdomen or back, painful sex, frequent urination, discomfort in the rectum and likely to cause infertility.


Adenomyosis

Endometriosis happens when endometrial tissue is discovered outside the uterine cavity.
If endometrial tissue occurs in the myometrium, it is called adenomyosis. If it is discovered at the ovary, it is so-called endometrioma or chocolate cyst.

Symptoms

Adenomyosis may cause very mild symptoms, no symptoms at all, or symptoms that are severe. The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include, heavy, prolonged, or painful periods, pain in the lower abdomen or back, painful sex, frequent urination, discomfort in the rectum and likely to cause infertility.

Frequently asked questions about HIFU

Is HIFU effective in treating adenomyosis?2022-12-28T16:29:53+08:00

Adenomyosis can also be treated, whether it is suitable for treatment please consult your doctor for further evaluation.

Can I treat ovarian tumors or chocolate cysts?2022-12-28T16:14:38+08:00

At present, HIFU is for benign tumors within the uterus, cannot apply to ovarian tumors and chocolate cysts.

Will it recur after treatment?2022-12-28T16:09:48+08:00

After treatment, the chance of recurrence in the original position is about 2~5%, and there is also a chance of new fibroids in other locations. Relapse and new fibroids are mainly related to personal constitution. Unless the entire uterus is removed, any treatment has the same chance of recurrence and new fibroids.

Is this procedure suitable for women who had a caesarean section?2022-12-28T16:33:38+08:00

If you had a caesarean section, you can also use HIFU. However, due to individual basis, please consult your doctor.

For people with severe menstrual pain, will the pain ease immediately after surgery? Or will it take a while to eliminate the pain? Because fibroids and myoadenomas are not eliminated immediately.2022-12-28T16:16:01+08:00

Menstruation-related symptoms (dysmenorrhea, heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstruation, etc.) will improve significantly in the first three months after treatment, by the first menstrual period after treatment, most patients should be able to see the improvement. HIFU is widely used in treating uterine fibroids in since 2010, no special latent problems have been found so far, we continue to pay attention to issues related to treatment safety.

Is there any size limit for the treatment of uterine fibroids by HIFU?2022-12-28T16:41:28+08:00

There is no special limit in size, but if the upper edge of the fibroid is too high, the range of treatment needs to be further evaluated by a physician/doctor after examination. Generally, if the fibroid partially locates beyond the pelvic cavity, the part below the fibroid will be treated first, and then the need for re-treatment will be evaluated after a few months. If the symptoms have improved significantly, most of them do not need to be retreated. The details of the condition still need to be examined and explained by your doctor.

Do I have to do an MRI? Would I need to be hospitalized the day before treatment?2022-12-28T16:43:33+08:00

MRI is a necessary examination before HIFU treatment, which needs to confirm the location, size and position of the affected area and normal tissues through MRI, and also rule out the possibility of malignant tumors through MRI. The day before hospitalization is a preparation for treatment.

If I want to have HIFU treatment, when can I get HIFU treatment at the earliest after outpatient consultation?2022-12-28T16:44:26+08:00

Generally speaking, it takes about 2-4 weeks. Some pre-inspections need to be arranged.

Does this require anesthesia? Is it half body anesthesia or sentence anesthesia?2022-12-28T16:30:59+08:00

No anesthesia is required for the treatment of uterine fibroids, only intravenous sedation and painkillers are used; you will stay conscious throughout the treatment.

Do I have to be hospitalized?2022-12-28T16:37:28+08:00

At present, HIFU procedure can be treated as outpatient surgery (i.e. without hospitalization) in some countries, but hospitalization still required in Taiwan. You will need to be hospitalized the day before the treatment and the day after treatment total of 3 days. Hospitalization is to better ensure the outcome and safety of treatment, and for patients, medical insurance is usually covered and reimbursed.

Will the skin get burned by the high temperature HIFU treatment?2022-12-28T16:38:33+08:00

The part where the temperature rises is only in the fibroid position, don’t worry.

Are there any sequelae after treatment?2022-12-28T16:38:40+08:00

Patients often ask how they feel after treatment, although HIFU is a new technology of treatment without any wounds, but no matter what kind of treatment, there will be more or less discomfort after treatment.

  1. Feeling of discomfort (slight dullness) in the lower abdomen
  2. Increased discharge
  3. Pain in the muscles of the waist, abdomen and thighs
  4. After the treatment, the appearance of your
  5. There is a feeling of tightness in the skin of the lower abdomen
  6. Numbness, slight fever and even temporary weakness in the lower limbs

Generally, symptoms will ease in one to two weeks, depends on the individual.

After treatment, what is the recovery time before I can be back to normal daily activity?2022-12-28T16:39:08+08:00

It is recommended that at least you rest for a week before starting to lift heavy objects and exercise. Non-strenuous activities of daily life can be fully performed the next day after treatment.

After treatment, can I go back to my daily job?2022-12-28T16:39:13+08:00

Generally speaking, you can go back to work the day after treatment if there is no discomfort. However, try not to carry heavy objects and physically demanding work during the first week.

Can fibroids shrink to the point of being completely invisible after treatment?2022-12-28T16:39:18+08:00

The size of fibroids will shrink by 50% in average within half a year and 85% in one year. Some people will shrink to complete disappearance, and some people cannot. But the part of fibroid tissue that has not disappeared has also been destroyed and inactive, but it is not easy to be absorbed by the healthy tissue.

Can I have sexual intercourse after treatment?2022-12-28T16:39:23+08:00

In general, we would suggest that after the first menstruation cycle then you can have sexual intercourse after treatment.

After HIFU treatment, the endometrium is damaged to some extent, does that also affect embryo implantation? Can I still consider HIFU treatment if I still want to prepare for pregnancy?2022-12-28T16:39:27+08:00

For patients who wanted to prepare for pregnancy, the doctor will evaluate whether HIFU treatment is suitable based on the location, size, and position of your fibroids relative to other healthy tissues. It will vary depending on each individual’s situation.

After HIFU treatment, when can I prepare for pregnancy?2022-12-28T16:39:32+08:00

Generally, it is recommended that you can prepare for pregnancy 3-6 months after treatment, but it should be evaluated by your doctor according to your condition.

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