A rare surgery, which required removal of 11 uterine tumors weighing about three kilograms, has been successfully performed at an Abu Dhabi hospital
The main difficulty of the operation was the removal of large number of tumors without a hysterectomy (removal of the entire uterus).
The surgery was performed at Al Noor Hospital by Nidal Al-Attiyah, consultant obstetrics and gynaecology, on a British national.
She said that the challenge was in conducting the surgery to remove a large number of tumors while maintaining the uterus intact, noting that the largest tumor removed weighted approximately two kg.
Al-Attiyah added that the patient suffered from severe abdominal swelling that the uterus size was similar in that of a seven month pregnancy.
The operation lasted less than an hour. The 11 different-sized tumors were excised without the need for blood transfusion, while maintaining the uterus intact for future pregnancies.