Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

April 23, 2013

IU West to host free seminar on April 25

— Women today can opt for minimally-invasive surgery to take care of uterine fibroids — which can come with troublesome symptoms — without sacrificing the uterus through a traditional hysterectomy.

Studies suggest that as many as three out of every four women develop uterine fibroids, or benign growths on the uterus that can cause pain and heavy bleeding.

A new procedure, called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), involves inserting a needle through the abdomen and into the fibroid. Electrical current runs through and destroys it.

This is a technique that has been used for some time for individual tumors, such as in the liver. However, using UFE for fibroids was FDA approved just a few months ago.

Indiana University Health West Hospital will host a free presentation on uterine fibroids from 7 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Plainfield Recreation & Aquatics Center, 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield. The presentation will feature American Health Network OB/GYN Robert

Grondahl, M.D., and Robert King, M.D., an interventional radiologist at IU Health West Hospital. The presentation will focus on uterine fibroid basics, causes, and symptoms, as well the latest treatment options including Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE).

This monthly health education seminar is free and open to the public, but reservations are required and may be made by calling 217-3627 to make a reservation. Light refreshments will be provided by the IU Health West Garden Café.