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Ultrasound procedure to treat uterine myoma introduced in Shanghai hospital

Shanghai No.1 People’s Hospital has become the first hospital in China to offer a procedure that treats patients for uterine myoma non-invasively, without leaving a scar on the body.

The technology uses a high-intensity ultrasound wave to target, focus, heat and dissolve a tumor without damage to the surrounding normal tissue. The dissolved tissue will be absorbed by the body within six to 12 months.

Medical experts said the technology can greatly benefit young women who want to get pregnant after the treatment and will help all patients because it reduces injury to the uterus.

“The treatment is conducted under the guidance of magnetic resonance to ensure its accuracy and precision,” said Dr Wang Han, vice director of Shanghai No.1’ s department of radiology. “The patient is awake during the whole procedure with only a small dosage of sedative. Except feeling heat on the belly, the patient doesn’t feel any pain. There is no cut on the body.”

Not all types of uterus myoma can receive the technology, but it can be used in about 40 percent of patients.

Each patient should receive evaluation and checkup before the surgery and doctors will choose most appropriate treatment concerning the quantity, size of myoma and the patient’s personal requirement, doctors said.


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