October 07, 2004.

Introduction

The London Fibroid clinic has been established by a unique partnership between Dr Woodruff Walker, a Consultant Interventional Radiologist, who has pioneered the procedure of fibroid embolisation in the United Kingdom, and Mr Adrian Lower, a Consultant Gynaecologist and Minimal Access Surgeon, and one of the few gynaecologists in this country to perform laparoscopic myomectomies. Between them they have many years of experience in the fields of diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology, diagnostic and therapeutic surgery, which enables them to offer advanced, individualised treatment of this common condition.

Fibroids occur in up to 50% of women, causing symptoms such as heavy periods, pain, infertility, frequent passing of urine and bowel symptoms in up to 25% of cases. Uterine fibroids are the most common reason for women to undergo hysterectomy in the United Kingdom. Whilst this is undoubtedly the correct management in a small minority of cases, there are modern, much less invasive and disfiguring alternatives available from surgeons and radiologists with the appropriate training.

Philosophy

At The London Fibroid Clinic, our philosophy is to offer the most conservative surgery possible, consistent with completely eradicating the symptoms. By careful assessment including transvaginal ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging and, occasionally, diagnostic surgery, we can identify and treat those patients who are most likely to benefit from the newer techniques such as fibroid embolisation. When surgical management is required, we have the expertise to complete most procedures using minimal access techniques ensuring the minimum scarring and fastest recovery, so that the minimum time is lost from work or family commitments.

About this site

This site is designed to provide information of interest to potential patients and healthcare professionals about the modern management of uterine fibroids. The procedures themselves are fully explained with diagrams and photographs from real procedures. We have also included copies of the information sheets which we give to all of our patients, explaining the risks and potential complications of the procedures and what is involved for the patient during the course of her procedure. There is also biographical information about Dr Walker and Mr Lower, with information on further reading. We hope that by following the links from this home page you will be fully informed about the pros and cons of each procedure so that you can make an informed choice and be fully involved in the decisions to be made about how your condition should be managed.

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