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November 18, 2017  
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  • Fibroids1: Fibroids must be a sensitive topic for some of your patients. How do you approach discussing it with them?
    Dr. Neil Khilnani: Yes, it is a sensitive topic. Many women, understandably, are concerned about how they will feel after the treatment that is usually first proposed to them, which is a hysterectomy. I think its important for all physicians to be sensitive to this issue and to give patients a fair assessment of what other options are available to them. I have come across many patients in their mid to late thirties/forties who havent had children. Although they may not want to have children, they like to keep the option available to them. They are reluctant to pursue treatment for significant fibroid related symptoms since the only option presented to them is hysterectomy. I think that fibroid embolization certainly is an option that allows these women to feel more comfortable proceeding with some form treatment to enhance their quality of life.
    Dr. Neil Khilnani: Yes, it is a sensitive topic. Many women, understandably, are concerned about how they will feel after the treatment that is usually first proposed to them, which is a hysterectomy. I think its important for all physicians to be sensitive to this issue and to give patients a fair assessment of what other options are available to them. I have come across many patients in their mid to late thirties/forties who havent had children. Although they may not want to have children, they like to keep the option available to them. They are reluctant to pursue treatment for significant fibroid related symptoms since the only option presented to them is hysterectomy. I think that fibroid embolization certainly is an option that allows these women to feel more comfortable proceeding with some form treatment to enhance their quality of life.

    Dr. Neil Khilnani


    Dr. Khilnani is an Interventional Radiologist at Cornell Vascular and an Associate Professor at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has been with Cornell since finishing his training at Columbia in 1992. His clinical interests are in the minimally invasive treatment of uterine fibroid tumors and lower extremity varicose veins. He currently performs all of the uterine fibroid embolizations at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center and will be directing the clinical and research efforts of this institution in treating fibroids with MR Guided Focused Ultrasound.

    Dr. Neil Khilnani


    Dr. Khilnani is an Interventional Radiologist at Cornell Vascular and an Associate Professor at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has been with Cornell since finishing his training at Columbia in 1992. His clinical interests are in the minimally invasive treatment of uterine fibroid tumors and lower extremity varicose veins. He currently performs all of the uterine fibroid embolizations at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center and will be directing the clinical and research efforts of this institution in treating fibroids with MR Guided Focused Ultrasound.

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