Hydatidiform Mole – Treatment of Hydatidiform Mole
Hydatidiform mole, also known as molar pregnancy is a medical condition related to pregnancy. It is a benign growth that develops in the uterus. It occurs when the placenta that feeds the growing foetus develops into an abnormal mass. Defects in egg or problem in uterus may develop this condition. It sometimes may lead to cancers that are fatal. The treatment of Hydatidiform mole is discussed below.
Hydatidiform Mole Treatment
Hydatidiform mole can be treated by completely removing the abnormal mass through surgery. This helps in preventing any further complications. The surgical methods that doctors perform to treat hydatidiform mole are:
- Dilation and curettage (D and C) – This is an out-patient procedure that takes about 15 to 30 minutes time. A local or general anesthesic is given to the patient. The patient is made to lie on back with the legs in stirrups. A speculum is inserted into the vagina to have a view of cervix. The abnormal growth in the uterus is thus removed with a vacuum device.
- Hysterectomy – This is a surgical method in which the uterus is completely removed. This is performed only when there is excess growth of the tissue and no expectations of future pregnancy.
After these above treatments are performed, the doctor may check the serum HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) levels in blood. If there is HCG levels in blood, a further treatment is given to completely eliminate HCG. This is done so because HCG help in hydatidiform mole growth.
Coping and Support
Do not give up yourself to sorrow if you lost the pregnancy due to hydatidiform mole. Spend the time with your family, friends and partner for support and care. Express all you feelings and sorrow in front of them. Consult a counsellor or a health professional if you have trouble in handling emotions.