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Now Available! Incision-free Treatment for Uterine Fibroids to Relieve Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Chances are high that you or a woman in your family have uterine fibroids that can cause heavy menstrual bleeding. Are you worried about needing to change your menstrual pads or tampons every 2-3 hours? Do your periods last longer than normal? Do you wake up throughout the night to change your pads or tampons?
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in or around your uterus and can range in size from a grape to a grapefruit. Fibroids located within the muscular wall of the uterus are most often associated with abnormal and heavy menstrual bleeding. Symptoms may worsen over time if fibroids are left untreated. 1,2
How Prevalent are Fibroids?
A recent study of almost 2300 women in Germany suggests that more than 50 % of all women may develop uterine fibroids at some time in their life. Over 40% of the women studied had confirmed presence of fibroids by ultrasound. 3
Figure 1 Multiple myomas in a woman’s uterus viewed with an MRI
Common Treatment Options
Treatment options are based on size and location, so the most common solution has been hysterectomy which removes the entire uterus. This is a significant surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia and requiring as much as a 5-6 day hospital stay, and up to 6 weeks of recovery (depending on surgical approach).
Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the myomas but spares the uterus. This procedure has limitations depending on the location of the fibroids and is performed under general anesthesia. It often requires incisions in the abdomen and presents similar risks to other surgery.
Alternative Treatment for Fibroids
The Sonata Treatment is an incision-free alternative that targets a wide range of fibroid types and locations. It is a procedure that may be performed without anesthesia. Radiofrequency energy is delivered to the fibroid.
Fibroids shrink over time to relieve symptoms. In a clinical study, within three months following their Sonata Treatment, 9 out of 10 women reported lighter periods and were satisfied with their treatment when surveyed after 12 months.4
How Does the Sonata Treatment Work?
1: The doctor passes the Sonata probe through the vagina and into the uterus.
2: Ultrasound waves from the probe are used to locate the fibroid.
3: The Sonata probe delivers energy to shrink the fibroid.
4: The probe is repositioned to treat additional fibroids or it is removed from the patient.
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 AAGL practice report: practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of submucous leiomyomas. J Minim Inv Gynecol. Mar-Apr 2012;19(2):152-71
 Stewart EA. Uterine fibroids. Lancet. Jan 27 2001;357(9252):293-8.
 Ahrendt, HJ., Tylkoski, H., Rabe, T. et al. Prevalence of uterine myomas in women in Germany: data of an epidemiological study, Arch Gynecol Obstet (2016) 293: 1243. doi:10.1007/s00404-015-3930-8
 Brölmann H, Bongers M, Garza-Leal J, Gupta J, et al. The FAST-EU trial: 12-month clinical outcomes of women after intrauterine sonography-guided transcervical radiofrequency ablation of uterine fibroids. Gynecol Surgery. 2015/09/28 2015:1-9.