Generally speaking, uterine fibroids are not a worrisome aspect of women’s health since they are largely found to be benign and non cancerous. Uterine fibroids are a common condition, with as many as 8 million women in the US having them.
Even in the non-cancerous kinds of uterine fibroids, certain symptoms are to be seen such as increased bleeding during periods and uncomfortable sensations.
Owing to uterine fibroids, as many as 200,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the US. Now however, a new procedure called the Halt System could be seen to alleviate this need to perform hysterectomies.
Whereas a hysterectomy involves an abdominal surgery; this system tries to minimize damage to surrounding tissue.
In the Halt System, an ultrasound probe is inserted into the abdomen to examine the number of tumors and their exact positions.
Then needles are extended from the probe whereby the tumor is destroyed using a heating element.
This is an outpatient procedure requiring no days spent at the hospital and recovery is also fairly quick.
Currently the treatment is not available for consumer use; it is still in the clinical stages and will take time before being approved for actual medical use.