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Singapore Premier Women's Hospital Offers Contactless Surgery for Uterine Fibroids
Date:3/3/2009

Female patients at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) can now opt for a "non-contact" form of surgery that allows them to undergo an anesthetic-free yet almost painless operation to treat uterine fibroids.

Singapore (PRWEB) March 3, 2009 -- Female patients at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) can now opt for a "non-contact" form of surgery that allows them to undergo an anesthetic-free yet almost painless operation to treat uterine fibroids.

Called MR-guided focused ultrasound ablation (MRgFUS), the procedure involves no cuts, no down time and none of the usual risks associated with surgery. Rather, it makes use of heat generated from ultrasound to burn away fibroids, which are abnormal masses of muscular tissue.

"This procedure has two parts to it. The first step is to find out exactly where the abnormalities are in order to mark out the treatment areas. This will be done through Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI.

"The next step is to direct the ultrasound machine at these problematic spots and systematically destroy them," says Dr Ong Chiou Li, Senior Consultant Radiologist at KKH's Diagnostic Imaging Department.

At a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius, heat that is generated from ultrasound can kill off any undesirable cells in the body.

"Usually, our treatment temperature ranges from between 60 t
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