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Uterine Fibroid Treatment: When to Avoid a Hysterectomy

Uterine fibroids are an issue that approximately 70 percent of women will face in their lifetime. Many women suffering from abnormal bleeding and pelvic pain and pressure caused by fibroids want relief as soon as possible.

A hysterectomy is often mentioned in the list of treatment options for women with fibroids. It is a common procedure in the United States, with approximately 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year. But, often times, this procedure is too drastic for the patient’s needs.

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Know Your Fibroid Treatment Options

Uterine fibroids and other causes of pelvic pain have long been treated with hysterectomy and other surgeries. Often, there are better alternatives to a hysterectomy available for women with fibroids. 

Especially for non-cancerous conditions, including fibroid tumors, women should be aware of all possible treatment options before moving forward.

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Why Morcellation is Dangerous During Uterine Fibroid Treatment

When a woman is diagnosed with uterine fibroids, there are a few treatment options from which to choose. Two of these options are a hysterectomy and myomectomy. During a laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy, a surgical instrument called a power morcellator is often used. Laparoscopic power morcellators help the surgeon to divide and fragment tissue into smaller pieces to facilitate the removal of the tissue through small surgical incisions. 

Recently, this tool has been found to spread cancer cells throughout the body. In fact, the FDA has warned against the use of power morcellators. Continue reading

July is Fibroids Awareness Month

As common as uterine fibroids are, it’s obvious why a month is dedicated to it in an effort to help raise awareness, research, and funding. If you’re not familiar with the condition, you may be surprised to learn that by age 50, as many as 70% of white females and 80% of African American females have had fibroids. If you are familiar with it, you most likely know there are many powerful and successful treatment options available to conquer the condition.

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