Sunday, January 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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New alternative to hysterectomy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
Women suffering from the problem of heavy bleeding during menstruation, yet reluctant to go in for hysterectomy now have the option of uterine balloon therapy ablation, introduced in the city for the first time.

“The procedure, very popular in Mumbai and the West, is used to destroy the lining of the uterus to stop excessive bleeding. Merely a few hours of hospitalisation is required and the patient can be back to work within two days,” claims Dr Nirja Chawla, who has introduced the procedure at Gynae Endoscopy Centre.

She said 90 per cent patients respond with decreased bleeding, while in 10 per cent it stops altogether. Dr Chawla says that in 40 per cent of women suffering from heavy menstruation, the main cause is hormonal imbalance, called dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB). Other causes could be benign conditions like fibroids and polyps, pre-cancer and cancer of the uterus, infections, disorders of blood, liver, kidney or due to the use of certain drugs like anticoagulants, steroids, chemotherapy.

She adds that the drug therapy prescribed for DUB can reduce heavy bleeding in 25 to 80 per cent cases, but cannot stop it altogether. She says that a large section of these patients, become anaemic and complain of weakness, lethargy, fatigue, and irritability with an overall poor health. The procedure, a 4.5 mm catheter, with a latex balloon, is used to effectively destroy the lining of the uterus up to 3 to 7 mm. “In fact, hysterectomy, which involves removal of an organ, should be the last resort in patients with heavy periods due to dysfunctional uterine bleeding,” she adds.


Kapil Dev to be honoured today
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 18
It was a befitting welcome to the ace cricketer Kapil Dev, ‘Wisden’s Indian Cricketer of the Century, when a road show was organised by the UT Cricket Association. The main attraction of the show was the designed float carrying the giant card. The show was flagged off from Sector 17 by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar. It gathered momentum as it passed through various sectors of the city from Sectors 17 to 24, from Sectors 26 to 38 and then from Sectors 7 to 14.

People from various walks of life evinced keen interest and opened their heart out to give messages to Kapil Dev. The show ended late in the evening at Sector 17. He will be honoured at a function to Sector 16 Cricket Stadium tomorrow at 5 pm. Other notable international cricketers of the city, Yograj Singh, Chetan Sharma, Ashok Malhotra, Bhupinder Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Mongia will also be honoured on the occasion.

Ravinder ChaudhryRavinder Chaudhry

Mr Ravinder Chaudhry, Honorary Secretary, Amateur Athletics Association of Chandigarh, has just returned from Jakarta (Indonesia) after attending a two-day seminar on information technology organised by the Regional Development Centre of International Association of Athletics Federation.

It was part of the IAAF World network project. Chaudhry said the seminar aims at creating global communication within the international federations.


The Chandigarh Badminton Association has selected seven players including three women for its participation in the 67th Senior National Badminton Championship to be held at Guwahati from January 31 to February 4.

The team is — women: H Sarda, Isha Sharma and Mala Gaba; men: Deepak Sidhu, Ashish Sharma, Vivek Sharma and Varun Sharma.

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