What Treatment Options are Available for Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus and they are treated when they cause symptoms of excessive bleeding or pain during the menstrual cycle. The standard treatment for many years has been to advise patients to have a hysterectomy, which removes the whole uterus, ends the menstrual cycle, and ends the symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. Some women are opposed to that as they desire future childbirth or they just want to avoid a major operation, which can have a significant recovery time of up to six weeks. Based on that, some less invasive treatments have been developed in recent years. One of them would be Uterine Fibroid Embolization which is a procedure that deprives the fibroids of their blood supply. Any part of your body that doesn’t have a blood supply can’t survive, so the body essentially just slowly removes them over time. UFE is usually an outpatient procedure with a very short recovery time, high effectiveness of 92 – 95%, and very low complications.
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