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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment for Uterine Fibroid Patients 

Farrer Park Hospital Singapore is the first in Southeast Asia to offer gynecologic treatment with latest technology for women with benign tumors 

Singapore 28 October 2018

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growth in the uterus and often appears during the childbearing years. The disease is the most common type of gynecologic benign tumors occurring in women. Almost 25 to 50 percent of women in their reproductive years encounter them (i). Though often, they do not cause any symptoms. However, uterine fibroids sometimes do cause problems such as heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure or pain, and frequent urination. 

The High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment of uterine fibroids depends on symptoms in patients, size of the fibroid, desire for future pregnancy, and preference of the treatment by the gynecologist. The present study had taken place comparing treatment preferences in women desirous and non-desirous of pregnancy by an experienced gynecologist in symptomatic uterine fibroids. Newer medical or minimally invasive treatment modalities are increasingly being used for the treatment of fibroids. However, conventional surgical treatment such as myomectomy and hysterectomy are still preferred by gynecologists. But there is a sizeable group of women who do not want to go through surgery. Particularly those who have concerns about how surgery would affect their ability to conceive and bear children. 

In the spirit of innovation and broadening treatment options for patients, Farrer Park Hospital (FPH) Singapore is featuring HIFU treatment for uterine fibroids, done exclusively at its Fibroid Clinic @ Day Surgery Suite. “Looking for more ways to offer value to our patients, these fresh solutions are new processes to make things more comfortable and with new treatment options for better outcomes,” said Dr. Lee Keen Whye, obstetrics and gynecology specialist at Farrer Park Hospital Singapore. 

HIFU is a new technology for the treatment of uterine fibroids, adenomyoma, adenomyosis and certain cancers. It is a non-invasive surgery that uses focused ultrasound to generate highly localized heat to threat tumors either benign or malignant. 

FPH is the first hospital in Southeast Asia to perform this treatment. Working with the China-based leading manufacturer of ultrasound therapeutic system HAIFU, FPH together with doctors from Singapore Obstetrics & Gynecology (SOG) brought this new treatment option, which has been available to patients in other countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, China and Korea, to patients in Southeast Asia. 
The concept of using intense heat through ultrasound for the therapeutic purposes other than diagnostic is not new. HIFU was initially used in the 1940s to treat brain pathologies such as Parkinson disease. In 1990s, it was introduced to ophthalmology to treat raised intra-ocular pressure, traumatic capsular tears, glaucoma, retinal detachment and vitreous hemorrhage. This technique has a unique ability to target deep-seated soft tissue tumors. 

Lesions can be targeted such as those in the liver, kidney, pancreas and breast; and uterine fibroids, benign prostatic hypertrophy, and prostate cancer. In recent years, HIFU has been used to treat both benign and malignant lesions of various solid organs. This non-invasive modality allows treatment of tumors without surgery and offers a new treatment option for those patients who are not candidates for surgery, or who do not want surgery. The intention of HIFU is to raise and maintain an isolated part of the tumor above 60°C for more than one second or longer, in order to cause coagulative necrosis and immediate cell death. 

The latest HIFU technology is now available in Farrer Park Hospital Fibroid Clinic. 
“HIFU treatment is effective for patients with uterine fibroids who wish to have children. It could significantly reduce the preparation period for pregnancy after treatment for fibroids. It can also improve fertility of patients with a history of infertility and abnormal pregnancy. In short, as a non-invasive therapeutic technique, HIFU safely can be used to treat patients with uterine fibroids who wish to become pregnant,” said Dr. Lee, who is also member of SOG. 

(i) Magnetic Resonance-Guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS) of Uterine Fibroids in Singapore 
Nina-Lin R Han, 1MD, PhD, Chiou Li Ong, 2MBBS, FRCR, FAMS ​

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About Farrer Park Hospital

Farrer Park Hospital is Singapore’s newest private tertiary institution. This 220 bedded facility is located directly above Farrer Park MRT station. The hospital’s care philosophy extends beyond healing and the management of disease, to engaging patients as partners in the pursuit of good health. Patients are treated by an experienced team of medical and health specialists in an environment meticulously designed to maximize comfort and efficiency while promoting well-being, rest and recovery.

The hospital’s services and facilities support a full range of surgical and medical procedures as well as treatments. Patients are accommodated in four floors of inpatient suites with a range of room sizes and privacy levels to match patient’s preferences and comfort levels. The hospital is part of Connexion – A unique facility designed by healthcare practitioners and hoteliers that delivers the experience of an integrated lifestyle hub for healthcare and wellness. The building houses a specialist medical centre and a five-star hotel and spa. Farrer Park Hospital is part of Singapore-based The Farrer Park Company.

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