Symptomatic fibroids are one of the most common, yet serious condition affecting women of child bearing age. A majority of women suffering from uterine fibroids experience painful symptoms which affect the quality of their personal, social and sex life. If you have been diagnosed with symptomatic fibroids the next step is to evaluate and choose the right treatment options. There is a common misconception that hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) is the only treatment option available for fibroids. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) 200,000 hysterectomies are performed every year due to fibroids. There are other surgical and non-surgical treatment options available for fibroids. The question is:
When there is a non-surgical treatment option for fibroids is surgery really the best approach?
Due to advances in medicine, many traditional surgeries have been replaced by less invasive treatment. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is one of the best examples of highly successful, minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments. Everyday more and ore women are choosing to avoid pain, risks of surgery and longer recovery time by choosing UFE.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE):
UFE is a minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment for fibroids during which a tiny image guided catheter is used to block the flow of blood to the fibroid tumor(s) which causes the fibroid tumor to shrink in size or die. After a UFE procedure a majority of women experience a relief in their fibroid symptoms. Their menstrual cycle becomes much lighter and shorter and fibroid pain, pelvic pressure and frequent urination gets under control. At USA Fibroid Centers this treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure, under local anesthesia and most patents can resume normal activities in matter of days.
Surgical treatments for fibroids:
Hysterectomy is one of the most common surgeries prescribed for symptomatic fibroids. However most women may go through a lot of emotional and psychological problems after a hysterectomy. This surgery like any other major surgery is performed under general anesthesia, involves an extended hospital stay, longer recovery and the end of any future fertility.
Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroids. Important consideration with this surgery is the chances of fibroid regrowth (about 50% of all myomectomy patients will have fibroids return within 1 year). The recovery time for this procedure is 5 weeks.
What is the best treatment option? Surgery or UFE?
Even though both surgical and non-surgical options provide fibroid relief. For women who want to treat fibroids with a non-surgical treatment, shorter recovery, no scarring and preservation of the uterus; Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is the best treatment option.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of uterine fibroids call (855) 667 4247 to schedule a consultation with our interventional radiologists. Treatments at USA Fibroid Centers are covered by most insurance plans.