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What Does Uterine Fibroid Embolization Cost?

Posted on February 22, 2022

If you're exploring fibroid treatments, you may wonder how much does uterine fibroid embolization cost? This non-surgical procedure is less invasive than surgical options. Plus, most women avoid overnight hospital stays with UFE. And, since you can usually return to work within 11 days of UFE, it may be a less costly option. Let's take a closer look.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization Cost: Insurance and CareCredit

Uterine Fibroid Cost
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As we mentioned, UFE can be less expensive than hysterectomy and myomectomy. (Those are the two main surgical treatments for fibroids.) It's also less invasive, which means you're likely to experience a faster post-procedure recovery, as well as fewer complications after treatment.

Still, that doesn't mean there's no uterine fibroid embolization cost. So, to help you afford UFE, our Houston fibroid specialists accept most private insurance plans. We also work with Medicare. And we help you navigate the insurance process, so you understand the exact costs of your procedure before you receive treatment.

While insurance should cover the bulk of your costs, you may still need to meet your deductible. Alternatively or additionally, you may need to cover a co-pay or co-insurance bill. And we know that these bills may be challenging. So we also accept CareCredit, a special healthcare credit card that's designed to help you cover the uterine fibroid embolization cost. (As well as the cost of other medical procedures.)

At this point, we hope you have a better idea of the financial cost of treating UFE. So let's take a look at the cost of living with fibroids, by exploring the emotional and financial cost of living with these non-cancerous uterine growths.

Economic Cost of Fibroids

Yes, treating fibroids involves out-of-pocket expenses. But research reveals that living with them can also pull on your wallet. Here's the story.

According to the CARE About Fibroids foundation, American women living with fibroids face an economic toll of about $17.2 billion because of missed workdays, lost job opportunities, and having to take short-term disability. Also, since fibroids can also impact your fertility, or lead to pregnancy complications, the cost doesn't stop there. In fact, fibroid-related fertility issues cost up to $7.8 billion each year for coverage alone. And that doesn't begin to reflect the emotional toll women face, especially women of color, who are disproportionately affected by fibroids.

How Fibroids Impact Your Life

Female with Fibroids

Because fibroid symptoms impact your menstrual cycle and your sex life, the emotional toll can rival your physical discomfort. In fact, in one survey, 21% of women with fibroids said their condition interfered with family relationships and friendships. A whopping 52% of these women worried about their ability to have a sexual relationship.

Now, these figures focused on all women with fibroids, regardless of race. But Black women face an even tougher emotional road, and that's a result of several factors. First, Black women are three times more likely to develop fibroids than White women. (And their tumors develop at a younger average age: by the time they turn 24, at least 25% of Black women will have a fibroid.)

Next, Black women's fibroids trigger more and worse symptoms. They develop pressure, swelling and bloating two times more frequently than white women. And when it comes to anemia, they're three times more likely to develop this condition, often triggered by heavy periods.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Black women also face more hospitalizations for fibroids. And their resulting medical costs and number of surgeries are also higher than those White women face. On its own, this fact would be troubling. But it makes the next statistic even more concerning: 32% of women with fibroids delay seeking treatment. Meaning the cost of living with fibroids could easily and quickly equal the uterine fibroid embolization cost.

UFE Costs: Weighing Your Options

There are costs to seeking treatment for fibroids. And there are expenses and concerns that come when you live with fibroids. As a result, this is one of many choices you'll face after a fibroids diagnosis. But we want you to know that you're not alone in this process.

First, we want you to explore your treatment options. One-fifth of American women believe that hysterectomy is the only way to treat hysterectomy. But that's simply not true. In fact, you can click here to see if you're a good candidate for UFE.

Then, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of fibroid specialists in Houston. (We even offer Telemedicine visits to save you some travel while you're considering your treatment options.) Finally, after your visit, our billing team is here to help you understand exactly what your insurance will and won't cover. We can suggest other ways to cover any out-of-pocket costs. And we make the process as stress-free as possible, so you can place all your focus on finally feeling better!

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