Dr Lee Keen Whye’s HIFU Talk in Manila, Philippines

16 Aug 2019

Huang Yulin, District Secretary of Yuzhong District of Chongqing, China participated in the talk.

What is HIFU for Uterine Fibroids?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) ultrasound is a new technology applied to the treatment of uterine fibroids.

HIFU focuses high energy ultrasound waves to generate localised heat energy which reaches temperatures above 55°C to achieve cell death (coagulation necrosis) in the uterine fibroids. Preserving the uterus, it is a non-invasive and organ-sparing procedure.

Conventionally, uterine fibroids are treated through surgeries such as hysterectomy or myomectomy, which sometimes require weeks of recovery. HIFU on the other hand, requires a much shorter downtime where patients can possibly return to work and daily living the very next day.

Depending on the location and size of your fibroid, HIFU treatment is a therapeutic option that has good potential in women of childbearing age who plan to have children.

Advantages of HIFU
• Non-invasive procedure that can be carried out on an outpatient basis without anaesthesia.
• Low rate of complications. Common surgically related complications such as intraoperative bleeding, infection and visceral damage do not occur.
• Short treatment time
• Short recovery time
• Preserved fertility. Women of childbearing age are able to conceive and have normal pregnancies after treatment.

Attending Specialist