Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Fibroids: Benefits of the UFE
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that occur in the uterus. They are common among women of childbearing age, and while they may not always cause symptoms, they can lead to heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, and pressure on the bladder or rectum. In some cases, they can also impact a woman’s ability to conceive. While surgery is one option for treating fibroids, there are also non-surgical treatment options available.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
One of the most popular non-surgical treatment options for fibroids is called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE is a minimally invasive procedure that blocks the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink. It is performed by an interventional radiologist and typically takes about one hour or so. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and mild sedation. After the procedure, patients typically stay for observation for a few hours for recovery and then can go home the same day.
Benefits of the UFE
One of the benefits of UFE is that it is less invasive than surgery, and recovery time is typically shorter. Unlike surgery, there is no need for a hospital stay or general anesthesia. Recovery time varies, but many women can return to normal activities within a week or two. UFE also has a high success rate, with studies showing that over 90% of women experience a significant reduction in their symptoms after the procedure.
It is also important to note that some women may experience side effects such as cramping, nausea, and pelvic pain after the procedure, but these are typically mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Fibroids may return after treatment. In some cases, women may need to have multiple rounds of treatment to keep fibroids under control. In addition, non-surgical treatment options may not be as effective as surgery for women with severe symptoms or large fibroids.
Is a non-surgical option right for you?
Non-surgical treatment options for fibroids such as UFE, can be effective in reducing symptoms and shrinking fibroids, but as with any medical treatment, there are pros and cons to consider. Women with fibroid should discuss with their healthcare provider about their options, and weigh the benefits and risks of each before making a decision.
It is important to keep in mind that every woman is different, and the best treatment option for fibroids will depend on the size and location of the fibroids, as well as the woman’s individual health, preferences, and plans for pregnancy. Before deciding on a treatment option, it is important to discuss all of the pros and cons with your healthcare provider.
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