Doctors pioneer alternative procedure for removing painful fibroids
The Baltimore Times
BALTIMORE — According to The Center for Innovative GYN Care (CIGC), by age 50, eighty percent of women will have fibroids, non-cancerous growths that originate from the muscle of the womb. CIGC further notes that African American women are three times more likely to have these painful and often infertility-causing cysts.
Unfortunately, many women are told their only option for removing fibroids is to have a hysterectomy. A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove a woman’s uterus. The uterus, also known as the womb, is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant.
Such was the case for Rashetta Fairnot. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, native suffered from painful fibroids for more than a decade. According to Fairnot, she had periods that would last a full week and sometimes twice in month with pain so bad that she could hardly get out of bed.
“I actually had a date scheduled to have a hysterectomy done,” recalled Fairnot. “But I cancelled it because I was uneasy about it and it didn’t settle well in my spirit. I also wasn’t comfortable with such an open surgery. A friend of mine told me about Dr. Paul MacKoul and a procedure he had performed on her called myomectomy. She strongly advised that I have a consultation with Dr. MacKoul at The Center for Innovative GYN Care.”
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