Alternative to Hysterectomy for Fibroids
According to a CDC study, from 2006 to 2010, more than a third of all women have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. Many of these were performed to treat uterine fibroids and were unnecessary, as there are non-surgical options available. One of these alternatives is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), an FDA-approved procedure for the treatment of fibroids.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroid embolization works by effectively stopping the blood flow to the fibroids using tiny particles of either plastic or gelatin. This causes them to shrink and can help alleviate symptoms within just a few months. The procedure can be completed in as little as 30 minutes at an outpatient facility while you are awake but relaxed with a mild sedative.
UFE vs Hysterectomy
There are some cases when your doctor may suggest a hysterectomy instead of a less invasive procedure such as uterine fibroid embolization. A less radical approach to a hysterectomy, a myomectomy, is a surgery to remove only the fibroids and leave the uterus in place. However, if surgery can be avoided with a minimally invasive alternative like UFE, you can recover and get back to your daily activities much faster.
Benefits & Results
There are many benefits to choosing a hysterectomy alternative like UFE. With embolization, the uterus isn’t removed, so fertility isn’t affected in most cases, and recovery time is much shorter. Other benefits include:
- No overnight stay at the hospital – recover at home
- Doesn’t affect hormones or require hormonal treatment
- More cost-effective than surgery
- Reduction of symptoms in just a few months
If you are looking for an alternative to hysterectomy for uterine fibroids, schedule your appointment to meet with Dr. Karl Zhang today. You can discuss your symptoms, and learn more about whether or not uterine fibroid embolization is right for you. Appointments are usually available as soon as the same day.