Dr Lee Keen Whye’s HIFU Talk in Nanjing, China

02 Aug 2019
photo credit : [Dr. Lee Keen Whye]

The 2019 Congress of Chinese Obstetricians and Gynecologists, hosted by CMDA (Chinese Medical Doctors Association) and COGA (Chinese Obstetricians and Gynecologists Association) opened its door on 2nd August 2019 in Nanjing. More than 5,000 delegates were at this annual grand Medical Conference.

Dr. Keen-Whye Lee from Singapore O&G, and also a founding board member of the Asia-Pacific Association for Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy (APAGE), was invited to deliver a keynote speech titled “Application of HIFU in Gynecological Surgery”. In his speech, Dr. Lee made special mention of Chongqing as the center of medical excellence for focused ultrasound technology and also expressed special thanks to Prof. Zhibiao Wang and his team for their contribution to the field of Focused Ultrasound Surgery. Dr. Keen-Whye Lee is the first Singaporean gynaecologist invited by COGA to deliver a keynote speech at its prestigious annual congress.

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.