About The Curawave (MRgFUS) Treatment

How it Works

What is the Curawave (MRgFUS) Treatment?

Curawave MR Guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) is a non-invasive, non-surgical, outpatient procedure that helps relieve fibroid symptoms and enables many women to return to normal activity within days. More than 12,000* Uterine Fibroid patients have been treated around the world since 2004. The medical device used for this procedure is called, Exablate, and it is CE Marked for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids and Adenomyosis.

MR guided Focused Ultrasound technology combines two proven technologies – High intensity focused ultrasound that is guided by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The MRI system is the eyes of the treatment giving the physician a 3-dimensional view of the uterine anatomy and the fibroids. MRI enables easy identification of the fibroid and also provides real-time feedback about the temperature and tissue changes that occur as each fibroid is targeted and heated with focused ultrasound.  The high intensity focused ultrasound (FUS) generates heat at the focal point to ablate or burn the uterine fibroid tissue.  The ultrasound waves can pass through the skin and reach the uterine fibroid tissue, without any incisions, making the treatment completely non-invasive.

In depth information about focused ultrasound treatment for uterine fibroids is available at the INSIGHTEC Women’s Health page.

*Based on INSIGHTEC internal data

  

There are no cuts or incisions.  There is no need for general anaesthesia, no scarring and minimal complications as compared to surgical procedures.

The treatment can be performed as an outpatient procedure. You can expect to go back to normal activities within days.  No hospitalisation is required and this treatment is an effective alternative to surgery and hormonal treatments.

Your uterus stays intact and so does your fertility. There are several documented cases of post treatment pregnancies, so the treatment is not expected to derail you from your previous family planning.

Most patients report a significant relief from symptoms during the weeks following, such as a decrease in urinary dysfunction, pelvic pain and/or pressure as well as a decrease in menstrual bleeding caused by symptomatic fibroid.

Quick recovery and return to normal activity within days.

  

Low blood pressure, dizziness, abdominal pain/cramping, nausea, fever, allergic reactions to contrast media or medications, minor skin burns, back or leg pain that persists for a few days and a urinary tract infection.

Abdominal skin burn with ulcerations, back or leg pain or weakness (rare).

Treatment may not be successful and additional fibroids may grow back with time.  It is important to discuss your case with your physician to make sure you are an optimal candidate for this procedure.  Please be sure to discuss all possible benefits and side effects with your physician.

1. Non-invasive and safe

There are no cuts or incisions.  There is no need for general anaesthesia, no scarring and minimal complications as compared to surgical procedures.

2. Quick recovery

The treatment can be performed as an outpatient procedure. You can expect to go back to normal activities within days.  No hospitalisation is required and this treatment is an effective alternative to surgery and hormonal treatments.

3. Uterus and fertility preservation

Your uterus stays intact and so does your fertility. There are several documented cases of post treatment pregnancies, so the treatment is not expected to derail you from your previous family planning.

4. Significantly improves quality of life

Most patients report a significant relief from symptoms during the weeks following, such as a decrease in urinary dysfunction, pelvic pain and/or pressure as well as a decrease in menstrual bleeding caused by symptomatic fibroid.

5. Alternative to surgery

Quick recovery and return to normal activity within days.

1. Short Term

Low blood pressure, dizziness, abdominal pain/cramping, nausea, fever, allergic reactions to contrast media or medications, minor skin burns, back or leg pain that persists for a few days and a urinary tract infection.

2. Long Term

Abdominal skin burn with ulcerations, back or leg pain or weakness (rare).

3. Outcome Risks

Treatment may not be successful and additional fibroids may grow back with time.  It is important to discuss your case with your physician to make sure you are an optimal candidate for this procedure.  Please be sure to discuss all possible benefits and side effects with your physician.