Hysterectomy, Far From The Only Treatment

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Hysterectomy, Far From The Only Treatment

Even in these modern times, in the United States, it is estimated that one in three women undergoes a hysterectomy by the age of 60. And sadly, research has shown that many of these procedures may have been completely unnecessary.

In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that of the women who had hysterectomies, nearly 20% did not need to have one.

Medicine has come a long way, especially in the treatment of women’s health, and one area of great advancement is the treatment and removal of uterine fibroids, using a minimally invasive process known as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).

UFE is the only non-surgical procedure to date, that can be done to remove fibroids without requiring an incision. During a UFE procedure, an interventional radiologist will thread a tiny 2mm catheter through the groin or wrist. The radiologist will then move the catheter toward the artery that supplies blood to the fibroids. The catheter then releases tiny plastic particles through the catheter into those arteries, which will block the blood supply, causing the fibroids to shrink until they are altogether eliminated.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a very effective treatment and can be performed by our expert radiologist here at MidAtlantic Fibroid Care. It is an outpatient procedure, it does not require general anesthesia, and many patients find they can resume their normal activities in about a week after treatment. For women seeking UFE for fibroids that cause painful and heavy periods, about 85-90% achieve relief from their symptoms, without the need for surgery.

UFE is so effective, that less than 2% of patients will require repeated treatment.

So before you move forward with a more invasive treatment or surgery, make sure to explore all of your options. Long gone are the days of a hysterectomy being the first line of treatment. Today, fibroids are common, and treatable in much less drastic ways.

To see if UFE is a good treatment option for you, schedule an appointment with us today, and let us help you live a happier, healthier, life.

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