Although the global pandemic has sidelined elective surgeries, doctors at the Midwest Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapies (MIMIT) want women suffering from uterine fibroids to know that immediate medical consultations are still available. MIMIT Healthcare is taking on an important initiative to educate women who suffer from uterine fibroids with its second free virtual “Women’s Health Talk” on fibroids. It will take place via Zoom on Monday, December 7, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm/CST. Advance registration is required.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that can develop inside the uterus during a woman’s childbearing years. They can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged periods, and pelvic pain. Statistics show up to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids by the time they reach 50 – many are symptomatic – and are most common in women in their 40s, early 50s, and among African American and Latina women. Statistics also show that one-third of all women by the age of 60 have undergone a hysterectomy, the surgery to remove the uterus and often recommended by doctors. But hysterectomies come with permanent and often undesirable lifestyle changes and should no longer be the first option for treatment. That is what Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, founder, president, and CEO of MIMIT, is trying to prevent.
“We are now living in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 outbreak, and many women have found themselves forced to suffer with their fibroids, afraid and in some cases, unable to get treatment,” says Dr. Chopra, also chief medical director for MIMIT. “The good news is this pandemic has opened the door for women to learn about a better way to treat fibroids without surgery.”
Statistics show that many women fail to receive all the options that are out there for treating fibroids; there are several surgical and non-surgical treatments. Dr. Chopra recommends the non-surgical Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), where the recovery time is measured in days, not weeks. A UFE can be an outpatient or inpatient procedure.
“The injustice is that most women are unaware of this non-surgical procedure performed only by the type of physician that most women have never heard of – an Interventional Radiologist,” says Dr. Chopra. Dr. Chopra will discuss this procedure and answer questions during the “Women’s Health Talk” on fibroids on December 7. It is free, but space is limited. Those interested are encouraged to register at www.MIMIThealth.com.