A 34-year-old journalist and former TV anchor, Ritika Sharmahailing from Bengaluru, officially set a new Guinness World Records title for the most fibroids removed Ritika, also an aspiring author, had 236 fibroids removed from her uterus, which included 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 successfully performed by Dr ShanthalaThuppanna, Senior Consultant & Head – Department of Obstetrics &Gynecology, Sakra World Hospital, Bengaluru.
Ritika, at the time of her diagnosis at Sakra World Hospital,suffered from abnormal menstrual bleeding and had an enlarged abdomenresembling 8-month pregnancy due to the different sizes of the fibroids.In a four-and-a-half-hour surgical procedure, Dr. ShanthalaThuppanna and her highly experienced team of gynecologists performed a myomectomy and thoroughly removed all of the fibroids of her uterus.
Commenting on the record, Dr ShantalaThuppanna said, “It seems incredible being part of this surgery which has created a new Guinness World Records title. I am glad that we successfully managed to remove all the 236 fibroids during this complicated surgery since fibroids were located below the urinary bladder and ureter and were spread throughout the left side of her uterus and very near to important structures in the abdomen. I hope that this moment of celebration today will also serve as a cautionary tale to all women to stay aware of such underestimated comorbidities and consult experts at the earliest to safeguard themselves from unwarranted complications.”
Alluding to this unique achievement, Ritika commented, “This is an unexpectable event and this recognition will be an unforgettable one as it constantly reminds me to how, along with the team at Sakra World Hospital, we overcame the situation victoriously. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Dr Shanthala and the entire clinical and nursing staff for explaining every bit of the procedure and giving me the best clinical advice while undergoing the surgery.” Uterine Fibroids have become increasingly widespread in recent years, with estimates ranging from 40 to 50 percent of women suffering from them. Only a few of them suffer the symptoms, and the majority of them go unrecognized. It is important to seek the advice of doctors and professionals in order to receive the right diagnosis and treatment.