When you have uterine fibroids, it’s important to explore all your treatment options. Many women with fibroids think they need a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus,) But many could find relief with myomectomy (surgical removal of the tumor) or uterine fibroid embolization (a minimally invasive treatment protocol that blocks blood flow to your fibroids, causing them to shrink.)
While hysterectomy is a drastic surgery, some women may be confused about which of the two less invasive treatment options would be their best choice. Now, new research is giving women two important reasons to choose UFE.
3 Main Advantages of Uterine Fibroid Embolization
According to research conducted by Dr. Jemianne Bautista-Jia, UFE may be more effective than myomectomy at relieving fibroid symptoms. The study discovered three advantages to this method.
- With UFE, women were less likely to need secondary procedures than women who had myomectomy
- Women were less likely to need a blood transfusion after UFE than following surgery
- Women whose fibroids caused heavy menstrual bleeding experienced better relief with UFE than with myomectomy
While the study did note that more women became pregnant after myomectomy than after UFE, all other findings pointed women towards greater relief with UFE. Dr. Bautista-Jia, in presenting the findings wanted women with fibroids to take away his message: if heavy bleeding is your main fibroid symptom, UFE is the way to go. She also suggested that all women with symptomatic fibroids should explore UFE as a great treatment option.
Want more info on UFE? Reach out and schedule a consultation with our Houston area fibroid specialists.
Sources: evtoday.com, Society of Interventional Radiology