"Miracle Baby" Born
After Laparoscopic Myomectomy
ATLANTA, GA--Anne B. Jarvis, 32, a branch
manager for MCI, was told by doctors that she would never have a baby--or
that if she ever did, it would be a miracle. In fact, she had been told
since she was 24 that she should have a hysterectomy to treat benign
She didn't take one gynecologist's word as
law, however, and today she and husband Todd are thrilled with their son
Knox, born in June 1995 after she opted for a treatment that left her
uterus intact. Her laparoscopic myomectomy was performed by Tom Lyons,
M.D., an endoscopic surgery pioneer who received the National Collegiate
Athletes' Association Silver Anniversary Award in January, 1996,
recognizing him for the outstanding breakthroughs he has developed in his
gynecological medicine practice since 1980.
The minimally invasive procedure to remove
Anne's fibroids was done through a trocar, a small tubular instrument
inserted into her abdomen. Because the incisions were so tiny, she
recuperated from the procedure in approximately two weeks. Within months
she was pregnant.
"We love Knox so much and he wouldn't be here
if not for Dr. Lyons. I'm so glad we searched until we found a doctor who
could provide the solution!" she said. Anne Jarvis is now pregnant with
her second child, expected in spring of 1997.
Among the causes for infertility are uterine
fibroids, endometriosis, blocked Fallopian tubes or ovarian cysts.
"Infertility, problems with recurrent miscarriages and difficulty becoming
pregnant are more common than we think," explained Dr. Lyons. "In the
past, when myomectomy was performed as 'open' surgery, there was
significant downtime for the patient and no guarantee of pregnancy. There
aren't any strict guarantees today, but the new laparoscopic approach
decreases the chances of problems in recovery," he said.
In addition to infertility treatments for
fibroids and other "female" roadblocks to pregnancy, Dr. Lyons also treats
the "male factor" in his office. Problems such as low sperm motility or
decreased sperm count are counteracted with washed intrauterine
insemination, wherein a fresh concentration of sperm is purified and
placed high into the uterus beyond the cervix, to increase the possibility
"It's essential that patients get information
about all their options," said Dr. Lyons. "Their own physician is the best
place to start."
However, depending upon age and training,
not all physicians are familiar with, or able to perform some of the newer
procedures. Dr. Lyons, medical director of the Center for Women's Care &
Reproductive Surgery in Atlanta, has trained physicians worldwide on the
laparoscopic procedures he has developed, including the supracervical
hysterectomy which renders better sexual function post-surgery; and the
laparoscopic Burch procedure, which corrects urinary stress incontinence.
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