Edna Annan is about to have surgery. The 35-year-old mother of three is having a new procedure to treat her fibroids. A few months ago, she decided enough was enough.
"It's been bothering me for a while and it's getting worse," she said.
Fibroids can be very painful and cause heavy bleeding. More than 200,000 women in the U.S. have hysterectomies every year to get relief. Now, a new minimally invasive procedure uses a tiny needle that's inserted through the abdomen to destroy fibroids with an electrical current.
"This does not remove them. This will shrink them. In some cases we've seen the fibroids go away completely," explained Dr. Scott Chudnoff of Montefiore Medical Center.
Surgeons here at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx are the first to perform the procedure in the U.S. since it received Food and Drug Administration approval.
"Opens up a whole new door for women because historically if you wanted something that would spare the uterus and be targeted directly to the fibroids you were somewhat limited in what would be available to you," Chudnoff said.
In the past, women took weeks to recover after invasive surgery. Now, patients usually go home the same day with little pain. And most, like Annan, can resume regular activities within five days.
"I'm doing really, really good," she said.
She says it didn't take long for her to get back to caring for her children.
Doctors say right now this procedure is not recommended for women who plan to have children later.