"I had the ExAblate procedure done by Dr. S. Kalpana under the guidance of Dr.Ramya J Namburi in Womens Center, Coimbatore. I preferred MRgFUS over Embolization procedure or hysterectomy. I felt there were too many risks associated with embolization and that success was not guaranteed. I would have to undergo a very painful procedure and "hope" that it worked. I did not want my uterus removed. I researched MRgFUS on the net and contacted Womens Center, knowing they have commissioned the procedure.
The team at Womens Center was wonderful to work with and helped to arrange my treatment. I had 4 fibroids, 2 smaller ones, and 2 larger (4cm). I had a thorough pre-op exam with Dr.Ramya in the evening. The following day, I arrived at the MRI clinic (not an operating room!) at 2:30 pm. The procedure started at 4:50pm, Dr. Ramya and team were able to destroy 100% of a small one and large one, and 50% of the other large fibroid (A bowel loop obstructed full access to this fibroid). The last small one was inaccessible. The team considered the procedure very successful, it ended at 6:45pm. I was given some liquids at 7:30 and left for home by 8:00 pm. Moreover, I reported back to work the very next day.
Each sonication lasted only 20 seconds, so it never got unbearable. The cramping sensation ended immediately when the sonications ended. They kept in constant communication with me, but for the most part I just relaxed. I occasionally moved my head from side to side to keep comfortable. I would like to add that they were all tremendously caring professionals - the Doctor, the NP, the MRI Tech, and the anesthetist. I never had any doubt that I was in good hands and they were wonderfully concerned for my well being throughout the entire process.
I did not expect any significant changes in my next period, and it was much like before (long & heavy). I did notice two significant, immediate changes. One was an improvement in an "incontinence" problem and the second was an improvement in what I called a "fallen labia". I had thought I would need plastic surgery to repair it, but it has pretty much returned to normal. I am delighted! Since the procedure my periods are shorter and so much more manageable. My blood loss is about one third what it was previously and I no longer have days that I am afraid to leave the house!
This procedure was just right for me!!"