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With over 600,000 hysterectomies being performed each year in the United States, two thirds of those are for non-cancerous conditions. This means that almost 400,000 hysterectomies are performed each year that are potentially not needed.
This has led to a myriad of treatments for patients with non-cancerous uterine fibroids in an attempt to provide alternatives for women who want to avoid a hysterectomy. However,
In the section below, we outline the most popular treatments and discuss what type of patient is the best fit for each of them. Then we will discuss the FAS technique and what type of patient is the best candidate for this procedure.
While this procedure is less invasive than surgery and recovery time shorter, there are many downsides to this treatment.
The first downside is something your Doctor may not tell you ... this procedure is most effective for single small fibroids.
The second downside is the technique itself. This procedure does NOT remove any fibroids. Blood supply to the tumor is blocked, causing the tumor to shrink and die. This leaves decaying tumor tissue in your uterus, which can produce potential infection and in some cases an urgent need for hysterectomy. Research has also shown an increase in the potential for fibroids to turn cancerous, as a result of degeneration, after UAE. If not taken out ... the patient has no idea what is happening to the tumor.
This procedure is not recommended for women who want to maintain fertility and the ability to have children.
While many doctors claim this procedure can safely remove fibroids while preserving the uterus and fertility, the success rate is based on the size, number and location of tumors.
If you have large or multiple fibroids and or your fibroids are deeply imbedded in the uterus, the chances of complete removal of all your tumors is minimal. Women often experience an "incomplete surgery" where tumors are left behind due to major surgical bleeding.
The next downside is the issue of informed consent. Most doctors will require patients having a myomectomy to sign a consent at the time of surgery for a "possible hysterectomy". This gives your doctor the right, with your consent, to decide for you, whether or not to keep your uterus. Frequently, at the time surgery the extent of the tumors can be much worse than anticipated or what is actually diagnosed on tests. Your doctor can decide at that time to not even attempt a myomectomy, but proceed right to a hysterectomy instead!
While the standard myomectomy can be successful for a few small fibroids the chances of complete removal of all tumors dramatically declines when there are multiple or large fibroids.
Doctors offer this approach "out the gate" as a means to delay surgery. Hormonal therapy can help reduce some symptoms but in truth is only a band aid therapy that has limited effect on fibroid tumors. It is not recommended as a longterm solution.
The most common are the birth control pill, and intra-uterine devices. Both can reduce bleeding in some women but the tumors will continue to grow and spread with time.
Hormonal treatments, like "estrogen agonists", work by blocking the production of both estrogen and progesterone. These drugs can significantly reduce bleeding and can stop cycles completely. It is also known to stop the growth of fibroids. However, once the drug is stopped, the tumors will regrow and symptoms will recur quickly.
The downside of hormonal treatment drugs are the side effects, and it can only safely be used for 6 months. Side effects include hot flashes, depression, joint pain, sleep problems, vaginal dryness and up to 6 percent loss of bone mass.
Fibroid ablation via this technique uses radiofrequency energy, a combination of electric and magnetic energy, to shrink fibroids, so they no longer produce severe pressure or excessive bleeding.
While this is a minimally invasive procedure, it does not actually remove fibroids and can increase the chance of malignancy.
There is also a greater chance of post procedure infection, as with embolization, if the tumor is not completely absorbed. The technique is not advised for multiple or large fibroids or for women who want to carry a pregnancy.
Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to burn/ablate the uterine lining. This can reduce the menstrual flow significantly and can give women a break from their monthly hemorrhaging. It is often only a temporary band aid for heavy bleeding and does not directly treat fibroid tumors.
The FAS technique is an innovative and highly effective approach to the treatment of fibroid tumor disease. It successfully preserves the uterus no matter the size, number or location of fibroids, and can treat other female diseases like adenomyosis, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and uterine prolapse.
FAS is a bloodless open surgical procedure that uses both vascular surgical techniques, lasers and uterine reconstruction to accomplish the goal of removing fibroids without hysterectomy. We have successfully removed over 500 tumors from one patient as seen in the above video.
With over 20 years of experience and over 1500 successful cases, the FAS technique has become a highly sought after approach for many women with fibroids who desire to keep their uterus. Let's look at some of the advantages of the FAS technique ...
Rest easy knowing that with the FAS technique, you are avoiding the potential complications of significant blood loss that could create the need for a blood transfusion during surgery. Transfusions carry multiple risks including the exposure to Hepatitis and/or HIV.
For patients with religious beliefs and/or personal preferences against blood transfusion, the FAS technique will not compromise your ideology.
Unlike other surgical programs, we offer multiple ways to give anesthesia during surgery.
First and most common is General anesthesia where you go to sleep.
This can create unnecessary stress for many patients where their fear can delay the decision to have surgery.
For this reason, we also offer anesthesia via an epidural. .. where you can remain awake during the surgery. This can help reduce some of the emotional stress related to the surgery, and can also prevent some of the early recovery symptoms of bloating, gas and difficulty breathing.
Epidural also permits an opportunity to watch a video monitor and experience your surgery first hand, if you so choose. This type of live viewing is not done anywhere else in the country.
Finally, if you do not want to go fully to sleep, but are worried about remaining fully awake, we offer an epidural anesthesia with relaxing sedation. Most women opt for this choice and can comfortably make it through surgery with minimal or no anxiety.
We do our best to offer multiple approaches to help accommodate your every need.
Over 50% of women who are diagnosed with Fibroids also have other diseases such as adenomyosis, endometriosis and ovarian cysts. If discovered during surgery, we are fully prepared to treat these conditions at that time, even when they are not diagnosed before.
Your fear of future procedures is virtually eliminated with FAS because our team has the experience and skill to address and treat any female condition during this one surgery.
We know the importance of minimizing an abdominal scar for all women .... the less scar the better! That is why almost 90% of all our patients receive a bikini (horizontal) incision.
As an added bonus, we offer you the option of a "mini tummy tuck" to help reduce potential post fibroid bulge.
After everything you have gone through to cure your fibroid disease, the last thing you want is to continue to have pain after surgery because of adhesion in the abdomen. That is why we employ a special combination of techniques such as irrigating fluids, wrapping a special absorbable material around the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tube, and finally applying an absorbable gelatin to separate the organs significantly reducing the chance of adhesions.
The FAS technique uses a combination of abdominal ultrasound and TENS therapy during the immediate post-operative phase. This not only enhances your healing but can improve blood flow, reduce swelling and bloating and help reduce surgical pain.
Going to the hospital for any reason can be a stressful and sometimes traumatic experience. That is why we allow and encourage a loved one stay with you. You will never be alone and have someone there to talk to and experience this journey with you. Having a loved one stay in the hospital with you can decrease and stress recovery time.
The fact that we video record each surgery reassures you that we are performing the procedure as discussed and gives you some emotional reassurance that all fibroids were removed.
Our information kit will outline everything you need to know about your procedure. We also include a copy of all your medical records including the:
You can give this to your primary care physician, so they can have the knowledge of your procedure and provide better care for you in the future.
Women all over the world are weary and frustrated of hearing that the only option for fibroid tumor disease is either...treatment of symptoms, incomplete surgeries or a total hysterectomy!
We treat women from all over the world who are seeking to be heard and who want to keep their uterus. In 20 years, we have performed over 1500 procedures, safely, effectively, and bloodlessly without hysterectomy.
These women have had a myriad of tumors from single to multiple (500) or small to very large (watermelon size). Our patients leave satisfied, with gratitude and peace of mind that their disease was properly treated and that they still have their uterus.
It will be three years in January since I had surgery, hard to believe. I am getting close to menopause as my cycles are every 3-4 months now and some hot flashes etc. As for my periods !! They are 2 days of light spotting. No more stuck in the house , anemic tired and sad. No pressure in my abdomen, I don’t have to pee all the time and no lower back ache. Every time I look at my scar I am so grateful , for Dr del Junco Jr.'s skill and all the care I received. It truly gave me my life back.
BT Resides: Florida
I will start by saying thank God for doctors like you, I am short of words as I can’t really find words to describe what I feel. You, and your entire team are a gift to mankind. I had no hope, no life, and no joy.
I was rejected by doctors but you told me don’t worry it can be done. Yes it was done and I have my life back.
I am so happy to say I have my life back after over 18 years of misery.
MT Resides: Texas
I just wanted you to know that the quality of my life has improved dramatically. I’m not a 100% healed yet and I still have some swelling in my belly area just above my incision but , wow I’m able to enjoy life so much more now. No more heavy periods or sluggish feeling.
My entire family says I’m so much happier and my mood is so much more positive now. I’m even able to perform so much better on my job. I’m considering applying for a new position because I know I can perform at a high level now. I’m so happy that I had the surgery.
I’m looking forward to going to my friends annual "all white" apparel party this summer because I wasn’t able to go to the one last summer, due to my heavy periods. If anyone is on the fence about waiting to have surgery with Dr. del Junco Jr. please encourage them to go ahead and improve their quality of life.
I look forward to improved health and losing 15 lbs by this summer. Also next year I will be participating in a marathon for the first time. Thanks again.
CW Resides: California
Having the surgery is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. The surgery was so effective it has contributed to the good health I enjoy today. I appreciate Dr. del Junco Jr. and everyone who works with him!
KH Resides: Texas
At 36 I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Because of the large size of them and my desire not to have blood during the procedure, I was told by my physician I would require a hysterectomy because a myomectomy would be too risky. Although I have no desire to have children, I thought this was a bit extreme considering my age. I found Dr. del Junco Jr. doing an Internet search for alternative treatments.
Choosing to have treatment with him turned out to be the best decision. His entire philosophy not only on the surgery but the aftercare is so different from anything else out there (completely bloodless surgery and no waivers for hysterectomy to name just a couple).
As a comparison, I had a friend who had a C-section the same time I had my surgery and my recovery time was a fraction of hers. My entire family was amazed at how quickly I was mobile and moving on my own.
I am now 4 months post op and everything is back to normal. I feel great and am so glad I found Dr. del Junco Jr.. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
AE Resides: Hawaii
No words can ever describe how grateful I am to you, to your blessed skills, to your open mind, to your willingness to think and participate outside the “norm” and your willingness and pioneering spirit to take the path less traveled. You are a medical maverick! A true explorer and pioneer!
You are a master surgeon and I will be forever appreciative of your skills, of what you have strived to offer as an alternative program, and for your continued willingness to work outside of “conventional” thinking in order to preserve the quality of life for the women that are lucky enough and blessed enough to find you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart…….With deepest sincere appreciation
MC Resides: California
We have hundreds of stories from all over the world just like these that spread across almost 30 pages. If you would like to learn more about our patients and their success with FAS, grab a cup of coffee and click here to download a PDF of numerous passionate and inspiration patient journeys.
That's easy. We invite you to have a complimentary consultation with our program coordinator. In this private one on one phone consultation, she will listen to your story and make recommendations according to your situation. If you both agree the FAS technique is potentially a good fit, then your next step is to meet the doctor himself, Tirso del Junco Jr, MD.
As you can see from the numerous patient journeys, the FAS Technique has changed the lives of thousands of women. However there are a few conditions in which this program may not be right for someone.
Since Dr. del Junco Jr. is the only doctor in the world that performs this procedure, he can only help women that can travel to Los Angeles for the treatment.
Since this is a highly specialized procedure, certain insurance plans may not cover it.
If these two small items do not deter you in your fight to finally cure your fibroids and keep your uterus, we urge you to fill in the form below to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Keep in mind that there are only so many women the doctor can help in a week and the longer you wait, the bigger your fibroids can become causing more pain and increasing the need for a hysterectomy.
To find out if you are a candidate for the FAS Technique, Call us at:
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