Lulu Ara Begum of Rami Para, Kutubdia, Cox’s Baza, Bangladesh, house-wife had fibroid uterus. Seven years ago she was diagnosed with uterine fibroid. For the last seven years she was suffering from, bleeding between periods, increase in urinary frequency, heavy menstrual bleeding , sometimes with the passage of blood clots. Her menstrual periods lasted much longer than normal. She had severe pelvic cramping and pain with periods which was almost 21 days in a month and had the sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen most of the time. On 7/15/10 she was able to get her free Abdominal Hysterectomy by Surgeon- Dr.Lutfar Rahman and aneasthesilogist- Dr.Kawsar Ahmed in Nurture Hospital. She was discharged from the hospital on 7/20/10 without any complications. The finance for Lulu’s surgery was provided by Touching Souls International, a nonprofit organization.
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years (the time after starting menstruation for the first time and before menopause). Fibroids usually affect women over age 30. They are rare in women under 20, and often shrink and cause no symptoms in women who have gone through menopause. The cause of uterine fibroid tumors is unknown. However, fibroid growth seems to depend on the hormone estrogen. As long as a woman with fibroids is menstruating, a fibroid will probably continue to grow, usually slowly.
Hysterectomy is the only certain, permanent solution for fibroids — benign uterine tumors that often cause persistent bleeding, anemia, pelvic pain or bladder pressure. Nonsurgical treatments of fibroids are a possibility, depending on the discomfort level and tumor size. Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus (and fibroid). It is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the treatment of fibroid and is considered a cure. Depending on the size of the fibroid, hysterectomy can be performed with incisions through the vagina or abdomen. In some cases the procedure may be performed using laparoscopy. Use of GnRH agonists can reduce the size of the fibroid to allow less invasive surgical techniques. In past experience, less blood loss has occurred using hysterectomy than myomectomy. But this may change as preoperative hormone treatment is improved and blood loss is reduced because hormone use helps the tumors shrink. Hysterectomy with removal of the Fallopian tubes and ovaries (called a salpingo-oophorectomy) may be indicated if there is suspicion of cancer or if ovarian masses are present.
Touching Souls International, a nonprofit organization provides free surgeries for the needy people. In the month of July 2010, Touching Souls International financed abdominal hysterectomy for 2 patients who were suffering for years along with ten more surgeries(different kind) for needy patients.