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FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers to Seoul Women's Hospital.

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  • What are some precautions after HIFU treatment?
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  • You may go back to your regular life and do some light workout. However, avoid long-time strenuous workout.
    (Please read t<HIFU treatment guide for fibroids and adenomyosis>)

     

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  • How long do I need to stay in hospital after HIFU?
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  • Generally you may stay 1 night 2 days but based on the situation, patients will stay for t6 hours or it will be done in an outpatient basis.

    Please confirm your next outpatient visit when you are discharged.


     

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  • I’m planning for pregnancy. Can I still get the HIFU treatment?
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  • If you are planning for pregnancy, HIFU might not be the best solution based on the location and size of the fibroids. Please make an appointment with the clinic for a customized treatment plan.

     

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  • Are there any complications in HIFU?
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  • The risk of complication is extremely low and even if it happens, symptoms are very mild. Theoretically, skin or subcutaneous soft tissues gets a burn or fat tissues and muscular tissues where ultrasound passes could be damaged. However, Seoul Women’s Hospital’s HIFU treatment is ultrasound-guided, monitors the patients’ symptoms during the procedure. We make necessary changes in treatment plan as we can monitor the condition of the patients real time and lower the slightest risk of having mild complications.

     

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  • Do the remaining tissues of fibroids cause any harm?
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  • The ablated and destroyed fibroid tissues will remain after the HIFU treatment but they have no harmful effect on the body. As time passes by, the remaining parts will be absorbed and naturally disappear.

     

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  • How effective is HIFU for adenomyosis?
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  • Adenomyosis aims for the improvement of symptoms, not for the resizing and minimizing of the uterine size. The effects after HIFU may differ from patients’ case. Some patients may not be able to see the result right away. Sometimes, the symptoms may get worsen or show no changes; however, give it a good 3 months to see gradual improvements.

     

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  • How long does HIFU treatment take?
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  • It will take about an hour to an hour and a half. One time treatment will provide a successful  result; however, the times and duration of the treatment process may differ from the size, number, and location of the tumor.

     

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  • How effective is HIFU for fibroids?
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  • About 90% of patients will see the improvement right away or at least within couple months. Fibroid will stop its growth and get smaller in size within months or years. (Generally, it will decrease in size about 60% within 3 months; 30~40% within a year.  Even after, the size will gradually decrease.)

    In other words, HIFU is a treatment that improves the symptoms and conditions by promoting a necrosis of fibroid.


     

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  • How do we know if HIFU is well performed or not?
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  • After the treatment, MRI and ultrasound using contrast medium are used to evaluate the efficacy of treatment. Using methods above, the doctor can see the changes in fibroid size, tissues and blood flow. Patients will be monitored  and check conditions by regular visits and ultrasound check-ups.

     

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  • Are there cases that HIFU can’t be treated?
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  • When the treatment may be as effective as other fibroids cases or the risk of complication is high

    If you are pregnant
    If you have other pelvic diseases such as cancer or inflammation
    If you are pregnant, breastfeed the baby, or have pelvic inflammation, malign tumor, idiosyncrasies, and other serious diseases. Also if you can’t lie on your back, you can’t have HIFU.

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