When you first find out that you have fibroids, it can seem like the only option for dealing with painful symptoms is uterine fibroid removal surgery. However, there’s an effective, minimally invasive fibroid treatment option that can help you get back to your normal life without many of the side effects of surgery. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical and quick procedure that can shrink your fibroids, eliminate your symptoms, and help you take back control of your life.
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that form in the uterus or on the uterine walls. Fibroids are very common, affecting up to 80 percent of women in the United States. Also known as myomas or leiomyomas, fibroids range in size, location, number, and type. They can cause painful or uncomfortable symptoms for some women, while others may not even know they have fibroids until they are discovered by a doctor or gynecologist.
Some of the common symptoms of fibroids include heavy menstrual bleeding, stomach cramps, back pain, and pelvic pain. Depending on the fibroid’s location, frequent urination and painful sex can also occur.
Can Fibroids Be Removed?
Fibroids can be removed with surgery, but procedures like hysterectomies and myomectomies can have severe side effects, including loss of fertility and potential damage to other vital organs. Doctors may recommend fibroid removal if they are interfering with your daily life or ability to conceive. Minimally invasive methods can shrink fibroids until they die off, which can also alleviate painful symptoms.
Do Uterine Fibroids Have to Be Removed?
The decision to have fibroids removed should be made after you speak with a fibroid specialist who can provide the best recommendation on treatment. While most fibroids are benign, some growths may be cancerous. Fibroid removal may be beneficial even if it isn’t necessary at the time of diagnosis.
Small fibroids can continue to grow and trigger painful symptoms in the future. They may also interfere with fertility, conception, pregnancy, or delivery. Some doctors may recommend medication to manage symptoms rather than opting for invasive surgery. However, non-surgical methods of shrinking fibroids may be a better option to allow them to die on their own, such as uterine fibroid embolization. USA Fibroid Centers offers UFE as a treatment to alleviate symptoms as the fibroids shrink.
When Do Fibroids Need to Be Removed?
Fibroid removal may become necessary if you are experiencing difficulties with conception or if they are compromising your quality of life. If you suffer from painful or prolonged periods, discomfort during sex, or notice weight gain, it may be time to consider fibroid removal.
What Fibroid Removal Options are Available?
Once you discover that you have fibroids, you have several options for uterine fibroid removal or treatment. Although you may think fibroid removal surgery is the only effective method, there are additional treatments available today, like UFE. Whether you’ve suffered from fibroids for years or recently discovered them, you can find hope in knowing there are safe ways to relieve your pain and discomfort.
Your fibroid removal options include:
- Fibroid Removal Surgery: The two most common fibroid removal surgeries are a hysterectomy and a myomectomy. A hysterectomy removes your fibroids by removing your uterus and, sometimes, surrounding organs like the ovaries. A myomectomy removes your fibroids but keeps your uterus in place.
- Medication: Certain medications may aid in managing your uterine fibroids. Gonadotropin-releasing hormones (GnRH) can trigger the release of progesterone and estrogen which regulate your menstrual cycle and cause fibroids to grow. Medications that decrease the Gonadotropin-releasing hormones also decrease progesterone and estrogen, possibly shrinking your fibroids.
- Testosterone Therapy: This treatment utilizes a synthetic medication similar to testosterone. Doing so prevents your menstrual cycle from starting and can help relieve fibroid symptoms.
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE): UFE is a minimally invasive fibroid treatment that doesn’t require surgery. During UFE, a specialized interventional radiologist inserts a tiny catheter into your numbed upper thigh, then injects particles into the arteries that supply blood to the uterus. The particles will then block blood from getting to your fibroids, causing them to shrink.
Why is UFE the Best Fibroid Removal Option?
The great news about Uterine Fibroid Embolization is that it is a relatively quick and easy procedure, particularly when compared to hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy fibroid removal surgery involves:
- A hospital stay
- Surgical risks such as infection, excessive bleeding, blood clots, and an adverse reaction to general anesthesia
- A lengthy recovery time of between six to eight weeks, during which you may not be able to lift heavy objects or drive while on pain medications
- The loss of fertility
Alternatively, some of the many benefits of UFE may include:
- Going home the same day
- A short procedure, lasting only 30 to 45 minutes
- No general anesthesia
- Light sedative provided for comfort
- Stitches not required
- No scarring
- A short recovery period of one to two weeks
- Leaves the uterus intact
- Retains fertility
Contact USA Fibroid Centers
If you’re dealing with fibroids, you don’t have to live without hope. You can experience freedom from fibroid pain and symptoms without uterine fibroid removal surgery. At USA Fibroid Centers, we offer UFE, a minimally invasive treatment for fibroids that can relieve your symptoms and has a shorter recovery period than surgery.
To learn more about UFE and how the procedure can help you, schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 855.615.2555. All of our USA Fibroid Centers locations are following strict precautionary measures for COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of our employees and patients.