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.
Treating Fibroids Without Surgery
For patients in Louisville with fibroid tumors who do not want to have a surgical procedure, Uterine Fibroid Embolization is the best treatment option when watchful waiting and medication do not successfully treat symptoms. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed as an outpatient procedure. The procedure is done through a small incision in your femoral artery. Embolic material is injected which blocks the blood flow to the fibroid tumors. This results in the uterine fibroids shrinking.
Recovery for Different Fibroid Treatments
Depending on the type of hysterectomy, side effects can include pain, abrupt menopause, and surgical complications. The least invasive procedure possible is recommended to avoid side effects like these from a procedure that isn’t necessary.
After UFE, patients can experience abdominal pain and flu-like symptoms. Some of the advantages of UFE over a hysterectomy include no blood loss, no bone-thinning, and no menopausal symptoms after the procedure.
Becoming Pregnant After Fibroid Treatments
For women who are done having children and do not need to preserve their fertility, uterine fibroid embolization and a hysterectomy can be options. There is no conclusive data that it is safe to become pregnant after UFE, therefore it is not recommended for patients who plan on becoming pregnant in the future. However, in addition to the inability to conceive after a hysterectomy, hormonal changes can also occur that can be prevented by choosing UFE.
Fibroid Treatment in Louisville, KY
UFE is a low-risk, minimally-invasive procedure for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Women commonly choose UFE over a hysterectomy for fibroid removal as it avoids surgery, preserves the uterus, controls symptoms, and improves quality of life. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our interventional radiologists at Louisville Fibroids, please call (502) 447-8786 today.