Millions of women of child bearing age get fibroids every year. Although non-cancerous, these muscular growths of the uterus can adversely affect a woman’s quality of life. According to a large nationwide study conducted by the Society of Interventional Radiology, annual scientific meeting, 2017, Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is vastly underutilized, compared to hysterectomy. The study reveals there are more than 65 times as many hysterectomies performed than embolization, despite data showing that minimally invasive and non-surgical procedures have lower costs and shorter recovery time.
“The findings suggest there is a lack of awareness about this safe, effective and less invasive therapy for fibroids,” said Dr. Prasoon M, The study’s lead author.
“Interventional radiologists urge healthcare professionals to present patients with all available treatment options so that the patient can make an informed decision. Patients need to know about the major differences between surgical treatments and Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), especially that this is a non-surgical treatment that preserves the uterus and has a much faster recovery time compared to hysterectomy.”
Fibroid tumors can vary in size from a quarter of an inch to larger than a cantaloupe. Some of the most common symptoms of fibroids are heavy, painful and prolonged menstrual bleeding, frequent urination, pelvic pain or pressure, constipation and bloating or pain during sexual intercourse. If left untreated these symptoms can lead to iron deficiency; anemia causing tiredness and fatigue. A majority of women suffering from this condition believe hysterectomy is their only treatment alternative as they are not aware of Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a FDA approved, minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment option for fibroids.
Dr. Prasoon shared; “The fact that so few women undergo Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) in rural and small hospital settings shows a healthcare access and education disparity in who receives this treatment. It is important that we continue to educate patients about choice about choice and determine ways to increase access to this effective, less invasive therapy.”
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