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The Doctors meet Shelia, who suffered because of the large fibroids that were inside her uterus. Shelia had lost 80 pounds yet she says she looked like she was four to five months pregnant! Shelia complained about this increase ab girth as well as bloating, heavy bleeding, and pain in her abs and lower back. She went to OB/GYN Dr. Thais Aliabadi for help.
Dr. Aliabadi told Shelia the symptoms were due to fibroids, which are benign tumors in the muscles of the uterine wall. Dr. Aliabadi told Shelia to schedule her surgery and The Doctors went inside the operating room to watch the procedure!
Three weeks post-surgery, Dr. Aliabadi and Shelia join The Doctors and both are thrilled with the results. Shelia says she feels great. She says all of her symptoms were better the next morning and she was already out walking for miles a few days after surgery!
Dr. Aliabadi explains in the past, the only option to remove a large fibroid was using a vertical incision all the way from the belly button down, which would leave a huge scar on the abdomen. With the procedure she performed on Shelia, Dr. Aliabadi used very small incisions and then took the uterus out using a containment bag. She says Shelia’s surgery took about an hour and a half and afterward, Shelia was only in recovery for about 45 minutes before she went home. Dr. Aliabadi does this as an out-patient procedure, in which she doesn’t perform it at the hospital.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry notes this minimally invasive procedure is a much better option if you can find the right surgeon who feels comfortable doing it. Dr. Aliabadi explains you need to be very experienced, as she is, to do this as an out-patient procedure. She says the majority of doctors still would do it in the hospital.
“I can dance, go out now, I don’t have to be a couch potato anymore!” Shelia remarks, with a smile!