For the past year, Sudha Sen’s (name changed ) bloating abdomen drew unnecessary attention. But fearing of losing her uterus stopped this 38-year-old physiotherapist, from availing treatment despite being diagnosed with multiple fibroids in the uterus four years ago.
“It felt like I was pregnant. In the last two years, my stomach kept growing. I tried exercising and kept popping painkillers to cope with the pain,” said Sen, who had consulted several doctors, all of whom had recommended hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).
Sen, who worked in the United kingdom, was terrified of losing her uterus and finally decided to seek a second opinion in India. She consulted senior gynaecologist Dr Kiran Coelho, who assured Sen that her fibroids should be removed laparoscopically, saving her uterus.
“When she visited me, she suffered from a terrible backache because of the sheer weight of the fibroids,” said Dr Coelho.
According to doctors, one in five women can have fibroids during their child-bearing age.
On February 5, doctors at Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, Khar, removed 44 variably sized fibroids from Sen’s uterus in a four-hour surgery. “Our aim was to preserve the uterus, so she can conceive in the future,” said Dr Coelho, adding that this is the first time that 44 uterine fibroids were removed laproscopically.
Doctors said that Sen’s case has shown that a women suffering from multiple fibroids need not lose her uterus.