Fibroids are benign growths of the uterus. They can cause a variety of problems including pain, bleeding, infertility and miscarriage. Traditionally, treatment of fibroids has been through surgery or medications. More recently, non-surgical methods of treatment have become available.
The first non-surgical fibroid treatment to become available in the United States is called uterine artery embolization. This technique is performed by a radiologist and involves putting a catheter through a blood vessel in the thigh and advancing it into the blood vessels of the uterus that supply the fibroid. Tiny spheres are released which block the blood vessels depriving the fibroid of blood flow.
Another treatment used high intensity sound waves to heat and destroy fibroids. The sound waves were directed to the location of the fibroids by using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The Sonata System
The Sonata System offer a unique approach. Instead of using x-ray or MRI to view the fibroids, the Sonata System uses a specially designed miniature ultrasound handpiece.
The doctor passes the Sonata handpiece through the vagina and into the uterus. The fibroid to be treated is isolated and several electrodes are advanced into the fibroid.
Radiofrequency energy is delivered through the electrodes to the inside of the fibroid. This causes the fibroid to be heated and the tissue to of the fibroid to be destroyed. This results in shrinkage of the fibroid.
Who is a candidate for Sonata Treatment?
- Patients suffering from fibroid symptoms such as menorrhagia or mettorhagia
- FIGO Fibroid Classification Types 2 through 5
- Patient desiring uterine sparing treatment for fibroids
- Patient desiring non-surgical treatment of fibroids
How effective is Sonata?
- 50% of patients return to normal activity the next day (2.2 days mean)
- 86% had a reduction in heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) in 3 months
- 95% had a reduction in HMB in 12 months
- No adhesions found at 6 weeks post treatment
- 94% of patients were satisfied with their treatment at two years
How does Sonata Treatment compare with other minimally invasive fibroid treatments?
- Need for surgery compared to uterine artery embolization were significantly lower.
- 0.7% compared to 7% at 1 year;
- 5.5% compared to 12% at 2 years; and
- 9.2% compared to 17% at three years
- 59% reduction in mean Symptom Severity Score compared to MRI focused ultrasound ablation
- Increase in the Quality of Life (QOL) Score at 12 months more than doubled (from 40.3 to 84.2) compared to only a 31% increase with MRI focused ultrasound
- Sonata treatment avoids the radiation exposure and injection of contrast that is mandatory with MRI focused ultrasound or uterine artery embolization.
- Convenience! Sonata System is available right here in Downtown Naperville.
How can you receive Sonata Treatment?
Register online to become a patient today! Or you can call our office at 630-357-6540.