A 34-year-old journalist and former TV anchor, Ritika Sharma, officially set a new Guinness World Records title for the most fibroids removed, at Sakra World Hospital, Bengaluru. She is also an inspired woman to have had removed 236 fibroids from her uterus including a large cauliflower shaped fibroid measuring up to 20X20X10 CMS and many other smaller fibroids of different sizes, weighing 2,250 grams in total. This complex surgical procedure was performed by Dr Shanthala Thuppanna, Senior Consultant & Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Sakra World Hospital, Bengaluru.
Ritika suffered from abnormal menstrual bleeding and had an enlarged abdomen, at the time of her diagnosis at Sakra World Hospital. Dr. Shanthala Thuppanna and her team of gynecologists in a four-and-a-half-hour surgical procedure, performed a myomectomy and thoroughly removed all of the fibroids of her uterus. Uterine fibroids are basically noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years, also known as leiomyomas or myomas. They aren’t associated with uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.
The most common signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids are heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual periods lasting more than a week, pelvic pressure or pain, frequent urination, having difficulty in emptying the bladder, constipation, backache and leg pains. In recent years 40-50% of women suffered from uterine fibroids. Only a few of them suffered from the symptoms, and others went unnoticed. It is important to seek the advice of doctors in order to receive the right diagnosis and treatment.