x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Doctors successfully remove 68 tumours from woman's uterus

42-year-old mum-of-one initially refused surgery for fear she would need a hysterectomy.

Doctors successfully carried out a two-hour surgery to remove 68 tumours from a woman's uterus.

The procedure, which took place at University Hospital Sharjah, was carried out by Dr Mohammad Zayed, the clinical professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, without the need for a hysterectomy.

The patient, a 42-year-old mother of one, initially refused surgery to remove the uterine fibroid tumours until doctors confirmed she would be able to try for more children.

"She came to me last month," said Dr Zayed. "I assured her we could do it without removing her uterus."

The tumours ranged in size from five millimetres to seven centimetres and once they were removed, her uterus was reconstructed.

The American patient had initially been turned away from several doctors who refused to remove the tumours and to try to save her uterus.

"One good thing was that she did not receive any blood. One of the reasons she was concerned was that doctors said she would lose blood and therefore need a hysterectomy," said Dr Zayed.

There have been several similar cases around the country, said Dr Huda Mahmoud, a gynaecologist at Latifa Hospital in Dubai, who once removed 33 tumours from a patient. In an Abu Dhabi hospital last September, a 38-year-old woman had 11 tumours, weighing a total of 3kg, removed.

zalhassani@thenational.ae