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category: Gynecology

Center for Fertility Offers New Treatment for Heavy Periods

Safe, Non-Invasive, Economical Alternative to Hysterectomy

For the estimated one in four women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding, a leading gynecologist is the first local physician to offer an innovative, economical, non-surgical treatment that has the potential to change their lives, literally.

Until now, women suffering from the painful and often debilitating condition known as menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) have had to suffer in silence — or in extreme cases, undergo major surgery via a hysterectomy — to relieve their symptoms.

But that is no longer the case, thanks to an economical, quick and painless technique – cryoablation – that’s now being offered by Paul D. Tippet, M.D., a board certified gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist with the Center for Fertility and Gynecology (CFG).

Dr. Tippet was the first physician in the region to perform endometrial ablation and again leads the way as the first gynecologist in the metropolitan Pittsburgh area to perform the minimally invasive, office-based procedure. Cryoablation therapy provides much-needed relief to women suffering from abnormal uterine bleeding, a condition that can limit their activities, impair quality of life and strain marital and family relationships.

Many women with abnormal uterine bleeding eventually have hysterectomies, accounting for as many as 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the U.S. each year, according to Dr. Tippet.

Utilizing the “Her Option” Office Cryoablation Therapy System, a medical device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the cryo-technology treatment freezes, reduces or eliminates the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium), the tissue responsible for excessive bleeding, thus allowing the uterus and natural hormones to remain intact.

“The Her Option therapy offers a safe and effective, less invasive alternative to hysterectomy for women who have completed childbearing,” notes Dr. Tippet, a highly skilled surgeon who specializes in reproductive endocrinology. “The therapy is performed with minimal anesthetic in approximately 20 minutes.”

Moreover, a majority of women experience minimal discomfort during the procedure, notes Dr. Tippet, because of the natural analgesic effects of freezing.

Her Option works via a slender probe, attached to a cooling unit that is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. The tip of the probe is brought to a very low temperature to freeze the uterine lining. The therapy is guided and monitored on a real-time basis using ultrasound.

“Many women simply feel that heavy bleeding is just something they have to live with and suffer in silence due to lack of awareness of treatments or reluctance to discuss the problem,” adds Dr. Tippet, noting that the problem also frequently impacts a woman’s general health and well-being.

Citing one market research study that indicates 58 percent of women have not discussed their abnormal bleeding condition with a healthcare provider, Dr. Tippet is striving to reduce that trend by making women informed and aware that a new treatment option is available. “Educating patients about common conditions and treatment options is critical. Standard treatments like hormone therapy work with some women but are not tolerated well by others.

Unlike a hysterectomy, which requires major surgery and a four- to six-week recovery time with long-term implications, “The cryoblation procedure can be done in the office with no general anesthesia or intravenous sedation,” continues Dr. Tippet, “which makes it less expensive and safer.” Patients usually are responsible for only an office copayment, which also makes for much less out-of-pocket expense.