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Myomectomy, not Hysterectomy – Dr. Parker gives lecture at MIT Science and Medicine Forum

Dr. Parker was invited to give a lecture at the MIT Science and Medicine Forum in October.  Speakers were asked to choose “anything you want to talk about.”  The audience was made up of MIT basic science researchers, medical doctors, and hospital administrators. I chose “Myomectomy, not Hysterectomy,”  a topic that dominates my practice and needs to be addressed.   

Myomectomy is a safer operation for women than hysterectomy.  Myomectomy affects female hormones less than a hysterectomy, and the uterus heals remarkably well after myomectomy.  Myomectomy also significantly decreases fibroid-related symptoms and improves the quality of life for women. 

Published medical studies have substantiated these facts.  Gynecology residents are currently not required to learn how to perform myomectomies, either laparoscopic or through an open abdominal incision.  No surprise that these residents are not offering this procedure to women once they graduate and go into practice.  All GYN Residency programs need to be mandated to teach myomectomy. 

Video of the lecture is here: 


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Fibroid Doctor William H. Parker

Dr. William H. Parker is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Parker is an internationally recognized expert in fibroid surgery and research. Based in San Diego, California, he is considered one of the best fibroid surgeons for abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy in the United States and abroad. He has been chosen for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors every year beginning in the late 90's.

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