Recently, US Representative Lauren Underwood had fibroid surgery. Then, with this statement, she announced that she'll spend weeks recovering from her procedure. Now, that's not surprising. After all, fibroid surgery is a major, invasive procedure. It requires hospital stays and lots of downtime afterwards. But it's not the only fibroid treatment option. Which is something too many women don't realize, until it's too late.
That was the case for Indian TV host Fatma Mohammed who delayed fibroid treatments. That decision limited her treatment options, forcing her to have invasive surgery. Now, she's sharing her story. And the TV star says she first saw her doctor because of troubling symptoms. And her caregiver actually diagnosed her fibroids without delay. But, at the time, she says, she only had five fibroids.
Unfortunately, Mohammed did not seek immediate treatment. By the time she was ready for help, the first five fibroids were bigger. Additionally, she'd developed 21 new fibroids. At that point, Mohammed’s physicians opted to surgically remove the fibroids.
Following her recovery from this major surgery, Mohammed publicized her outcome so that other women could avoid similar situations. “I was informed that if only I had sought treatment when the five were first detected then I would not have gone under the knife,” she says. “Laparoscopy (a surgical procedure in which a fiber-optic instrument is inserted through the abdominal wall) would have removed them.”
We are so grateful that Fatma is telling her story, but we're also terribly sad. It's true that early treatment is crucial for fibroids, but it's also true that laparoscopic surgery is still surgery.
In our Houston Fibroids practice, we offer women a non-surgical, out-patient treatment option known as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). We insert your IV through an artery in the left wrist, so you can sit up and walk out of the office right after the procedure! While not every patient is a candidate, many can benefit from UFE. You don't have to have radical procedures like surgical fibroid removal or a hysterectomy.
If you have been diagnosed with fibroids and are currently considering treatment options, schedule a consultation with our doctors. Our team of experts can help you determine how UFE can help you start feeling like yourself again.
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