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May 24, 2013 11:37 AM by Marissa Torres

Surgery without going under the knife

It's a surgery with no incisions... no scars... and no scalpels.

Doctors say it can even get patients back to normal in less than 24 hours. A fine spring day and Jennifer Smith is taking full advantage of it.

Hard to believe that the day before, doctors removed two Fibroids from her uterus, one the size of a grapefruit.

"The Fibroids were so large, they were impinging my arteries... that's where clots were forming"

She landed in the ER weeks ago because of these benign tumors; but she was still hesitant to go under the knife.

"not a fan of scalpels and surgery"

Then she found this clinical trial at the University of Chicago. She's awake the whole time, lying on an MRI table.

A porthole, called a transducer, replaces the scalpel with extremely focused sound waves. while doctors carefully map the exact location of the fibroids using the MRI.

"We start to send high intensity focused sound waves through the skin... it eventually leads to necrosis or death of tissue fibroid will shrink in size..."

And Dr. Aytekin Oto says there's now active research in using this technique for other delicate operations, such as prostate surgery and brain cancer.

 

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