Women's Health Research conducting Uterine Fibroid study

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Women's Health Research is conducting a clinical study in Phoenix for Uterine Fibroids. Uterine Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous tumors that live in the uterus. Uterine Fibroids are very common and about 8 million in the U.S.have these. And just because they are benign doesn't mean they don't cause problems. Some of the problems reported include increased menstrual periods and the sensation that something is being pushed and that something is growing.  The current traditional treatment for Uterine Fibroids is a Hysterectomy. There are about 200,000 hysterectomies conducted each year in the U.S. for Uterine Fibroid treatment.  But, now there's a new procedure called the Halt System.

The Halt System differs from the traditional procedure as it's goal is to minimize and avoid damage to the normal or good tissues surrounding the tumors. When you get a hysterectomy your incising the abdomen or another area to remove the uterine fibroids. With the halt system an ultrasound probe is inserting into your abdomen so the doctor can see if there are other tumors or just what was expected. Then the halt applicator is guided into the center of the tumor that way doctor's can see that it's placed exactly and there's no tissue being damaged around it. Then needles are extended and provide the heating element needed to eventually destroy the fibroid.  Recovery time is pretty quick as this is an out-patient procedure.

In the U.S. the Halt system is only being practiced as a clinical trial. If you have symptoms and think you may have Uterine Fibroids you can participate in the Women's Health Research Uterine Fibroid clinical study. It no cost to patients and requires patient history, physical exam, ultrasound and other investigations to see if you have the type of uterine fibroids that would benefit from this procedure.