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  • Doctors remove fibroid to preserve the woman’s uterus and ovaries giving her a hope of becoming a mother again – Aster CMI Hospital

    Published on August 23, 2021

    Doctors remove fibroid to preserve the woman’s uterus and ovaries giving her a hope of becoming a mother again

    In yet another show of excellence and prowess, doctors at Aster CMI Hospital gave a new lease of life to 28-year-old woman by removing a fibroid (non-cancerous tumour) from her body while preserving her uterus. The fibroid in the uterus, 11×10 cms, was infected and the infection had spread to the uterine, fallopian tubes and ovaries. The patient was admitted to the hospital with an acute onset of severe lower abdominal pain and had a history of fever and blood-stained foul smelling vaginal discharge on and off for 2 weeks. In a surgery that lasted for three hours, Dr. Bharati Kamoji, Senior OBG Consultant, Aster CMI Hospital removed the fibroid from the woman’s uterus and ensured her full recovery.

    Anitha (name changed) was suffering from the condition since a couple of years even though her menstrual periods had always been regular. Before she was presented to the doctors, she had one preterm delivery at 29 weeks and the baby has passed on the 4th day of his birth. In the ensuing years, she also had an Preterm Premature Rupture of the Membranes (PPROM) that had resulted in an miscarriage, when she was 20 weeks 4 days pregnant.   After two months, she was presented with the above symptoms to the ER. On examination, her vital parameters revealed signs of sepsis (High temperature, high pulse rate, low blood pressure and high respiratory rate). On abdominal examination, it was revealed that that she had a presence of a firm, irregular, tender and mobile mass arising from the pelvis, corresponding in size to a pregnant uterus of 16 weeks’ gestation along with severe tenderness all over the abdomen.

    On further per speculum examination, it was found that the woman had a fungating and degenerated mass of 7×5 cms filling in her vagina with a frank pus discharge. MRI of abdomen and pelvis with contrast showed bulky uterus with a large heterogenous lesion (4.6 x 3.7 x 11.2 cm) with degeneration (haemorrhagic/cystic), extension into the endocervical canal (5.7 x 3.3 cm) and distorting the endometrial cavity (possibly pedunculated), bilateral pyosalpinx and infected loculative pelvic collection along the fundus (5.3 x 9.0 x 5.5 cm).

    Explaining the complications in the surgery, Dr. Bharati Kamoji, Senior OBG Consultant, Aster CMI Hospital, said: “Uterine fibroid is usually a non-cancerous tumour of the uterus affecting women of reproductive age. They are also called leiomyomas or myomas which may be present without any symptoms, but sometimes can be the cause of heavy bleeding during periods, anemia, abdominal pain, or infertility. What made the procedure more challenging was not just the presence of the infected fibroid, but also the infection spread to the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. The patient was keen to conserve her uterus and hence we opted for removal of fibroid to preserve her fertility.”

    “The procedure was three hours long and we had to plan her surgery in a systematic manner. We first provided a detailed counselling to the family about her condition and explained to them the possibility that she may require hysterectomy in view of extensive spread of infection. We started with laproscopy, then proceeded to perform laparotomy and drained about 300 – 400 ml of pus from the infected area and the fallopian tubes were removed because of infection but ovaries were conserved. In addition, the remaining fibroids stuck to urine cavity was also removed. Post the surgery, the patient was treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics to improve her hemoglobin levels. We offered her counselling regarding recurrence and future fertility. The patient is currently in good condition and is undergoing post-operative follow-up,” added Dr. Bharati Kamoji.

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