“Hysterectomy is not the only solution for fibroids,” is the advice of Mridhubashini Govindarajan, a leading gynaecologist and Clinical Director of Women’s Centre and Hospital (P) Ltd.

“Technological intervention has made other treatment options available for fibroids and adenomyosis. Patients should therefore not rush to have their uterus removed,” she told Business Line in an informal chat.

Fibroids are benign growth from the walls of the uterus. They range in size from microscopic tumours to large masses that at times could fill the entire abdominal cavity.

To sensitise women on such issues, Women’s Centre is planning to open a fibroid clinic. “Ít will be open two days a week — Tuesdays and Thursday — when counselling and assessment will be for free,” said Dr. Mridhubashini.

The incidence of fibroids is rather high, she said, adding that though there are no official statistics, one in every four women has uterine fibroids. Again, all fibroids don't need treatment, may be just monitoring, she added.

The Centre has treated over 80 patients in the last 12 months for fibroids and adenomyosis, she said.

(This article was published on December 8, 2013)
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