Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Is a Therapy Possibility for Fibroids


What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign growths of the uterus. 

Fibroids will be discovered:

  • Bulging from the within of the uterus (submucous)

  • Within the muscle wall of the uterus (myometrial)

  • Extending exterior of the uterus (serous)

About 8 in 10 ladies may have fibroids in some unspecified time in the future of their lives. 

Most girls with fibroids don’t have signs and don’t want remedy. However ladies who do want remedy have medical and surgical choices. One kind of surgical remedy is radiofrequency ablation.

What’s RFA?

RFA is a surgical process completed beneath normal anesthesia that makes use of warmth to destroy fibroid tissue.

Laparoscopic RFA is a minimally invasive process carried out with a laparoscope, a skinny software with a digital camera on the tip. This  permits the physician to see the uterus and discover out the place the fibroids are. 

The physician makes two small cuts within the stomach button and the decrease abdomen space. Then they insert small instruments to make the fibroids smaller utilizing warmth and power (ablation). 

The place does RFA happen and who does it?

A gynecologist often performs the outpatient process, and sufferers usually go house inside a few hours after surgical procedure. 

Who’re the perfect candidates for RFA?

RFA is beneficial for folks with signs who need to maintain their uterus. 

Individuals with “bulk signs,” which make the uterus larger, are the perfect candidates.

Bulk signs embody: 

How will you put together for RFA?

  • Ask a surgeon how typically they do most of these surgical procedures. Attempt to discover one who performs gynecologic surgical procedure typically.

  • Have a biopsy completed earlier than RFA.

  • If beneficial, have an ultrasound or MRI earlier than RFA.

  • Be sure your Pap and HPV assessments are updated.

  • Be sure to are usually not pregnant.

  • When you’ve got an IUD (intrauterine machine), have it eliminated earlier than the surgical procedure.

What are you able to count on throughout restoration from RFA?

You could really feel prepared to return to work and actions inside 4 to 7 days.

 For the primary few days after surgical procedure, you might expertise:

You shouldn’t put something in your vagina for 2 weeks after surgical procedure. 

Many sufferers really feel that RFA is efficient in eliminating their signs inside 3 to six months.

What are the dangers of RFA?

All surgical procedures have some threat of complication from anesthesia, in addition to threat of an infection, blood clots and bleeding.

Laparoscopic RFA is a low-risk process. However dangers might embody:

  • Damage to the bladder, intestines or different organs close to the uterus

  • Cramping and vaginal discharge after the surgical procedure 

  • New fibroids showing and needing remedy

  • Potential problems in future pregnancies

This useful resource was created with assist from Hologic.