Times of Oman
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Al Raffah doctors perform another landmark surgery
July 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Sohar: Some health problems are not easy to diagnose unless handled by capable and experienced doctors. Thanks to timely and accurate diagnosis and a landmark surgery at a Sohar hospital, a young girl got a serious health hazard cured successfully.

Al Raffah, one of Oman's leading hospital chains with over two decades of experience in healthcare, continues to lead the way in path-breaking medical care. A recent case in point is the multiple fibroid surgery that took centre stage at Al Raffah's Sohar branch.

Uterine fibroids are a very common problem, affecting about two-thirds of all women over 30 years of age.

Often referred to as fibroid tumours or simply fibroids, they are growths of tissue that develop on or within the walls of the uterus. Uterine fibroids are typically benign, or non-cancerous, and range from tiny growths that are too small to be seen by the naked eye to large ones that can measure as much as eight inches in diameter. Although doctors know how fibroids occur, they do not know exactly why, since the direct cause of fibroid tumour development has yet to be conclusively determined.

At first, the patient did not know what was causing her low blood count and shortness of breath. During her menstrual cycle, she experienced heavy bleeding and blood loss, which caused her to become anaemic. After some diagnostic tests, she was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. As time went on, her symptoms did not improve, and eventually, the fibroids grew larger and larger until they caused her stomach to look bloated.

Dr Arif Jahan, visiting Senior Consultant OBS and Gynaecologist at Al Raffah Sohar, handled the case. Rather than the traditional hysterectomy, which involves removal of the uterus, the team decided to go in for a procedure known as Myomectomy.

Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes visible fibroids from the uterine wall, leaving the uterus in place. Since the patient was a young, unmarried girl, this was deemed the most suitable procedure to address the issue, as it would not affect her chances of having a family in the future.

The surgery was a long and complicated procedure lasting about five hours. The operation was led by Dr Arif Jahan. She was assisted by Dr Zaheeda, a gynaecologist, Dr Azhar, an anaesthetist, a qualified Operation Theatre team and the Blood Bank technicians.

Al Raffah Sohar was happy to announce that the surgery was a success. The patient has been discharged and is on the road to a full recovery.  "I thank the team that made this possible, all the way from diagnosis to surgery and post-operative care. The personal touch extended to every patient at Al Raffah makes all the difference," said the patient.

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