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Testing One Two Three..Testing One Two Three…

Posted in Fibroid Relief News

The upper chamber of the hour glass is trickling more quickly…and I am actually excited about it! Last week one of my google alerts produced the most magnificent article; adding another peg to the ongoing quest to have ExAblate (FUS, HIFU) covered by insurance. Sadly ExAblate is not YET covered by one’s insurance provider, in-spite of it’s FDA approval over 5 years ago. But… there are new studies that just may speeeeeed up this coverage-process.
Insightec Ltd., founded in 1999 to develop the breakthrough MR guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS or Focused Ultrasound) technology and transform it into the next generation operating room, announced that 3 new published studies (papers) will add to the accumulated data supporting the use of  Focused Ultrasound as a safe, effective and lasting treatment for uterine fibroids.
Study 1. This study tested 192 patients ( at 14 medical centers in the United States, Germany, Israel, and the United Kingdom) and showed that non-invasive treatment with Focused Ultrasound system provides women a significantly less risky treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids AND with a much faster recovery time than a hysterectomy. Yes!!
Study 2. This study took place in Japan, and revealed that different types of fibroids respond differently to Focused Ultrasound. If your fibroid-type is a good candidate for Focused Ultrasound, this separate study shows the positiveness correlation in the volume reduction of the fibroid to symptom improvement, even after two(2) years. Yes!!
Study 3. The third published study took place in Japan, and researchers found that as practitioners gained more experience with the use of Focused Ultrasound, their treatments were increasingly effective and that the percentage of patients who required a 2nd treatment at one year decreased significantly…from 12% to 5%. Yes!!
In an Opinion published in the November issue of St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare Trust, London, Prof. Wladyslaw M Gedroyc stated, “Our understanding of how to apply this new technology in the treatment of uterine fibroids has been rapidly expanding. We now know that MRgFUS works quickly with very few side effects and that patients can return to normal function almost immediately after treatment. We also know that the larger the area of ablation that can be produced in the targeted fibroids, the better the symptomatic response and the less the need for other fibroid interventions, and that when early symptomatic response is highly effective, long-term improvement of symptoms is almost invariably seen. The non-invasiveness of the MRgFUS procedure and its ability to rapidly restore patients to an improved function are very strong advantages, and the conversion of hospital inpatient stays into OUTpatient procedures is very attractive economically given the rapid gain in quality of life post-therapy, with few complications.” Yes!! Now don’t ya just love Dr. Gedroyc?!? Yes!!!
Over 5000 patients (women) worldwide have benefited from this absolutely amazing treatment option to eradicate those awful horrible no-good darn uterine fibroids. Unlike hysterectomy, myomectomy, and UAE, ExAblate is COMPLETELY NON-INVASIVE, using MR guided focused ultrasound to thermally ablate those dog-gone fibroids. For all women, this non-invasive treatment option, means NO hospital stay and only 1 to 2 days of recovery. Where as, Uterine Artery Embolism is one week recovery (and lot’s of pain); a myomectomy is two weeks of recovery (and more pain); and a hysterectomy requires 6 weeks of recovery (ugh, and so many on-going other issues and unimaginable pain)!! Soooooo, the big big pink-elephant-question-in-the-room, that has yet to be solved or answered concretely, is…”WHY is this magnificent procedure NOT YET covered by the insurance companies? WHY? WHY?” If anyone has an answer to this query, please please please let me know…I’m listening and I’m (somewhat patiently) waiting!!

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Wendy is a patient advocate for Fibroid Relief. She had fibroids and was treated with Focused Ultrasound.