Fibroids have many bothersome symptoms such as heavy bleeding or pain that often respond to medication but most of the time doesn’t. Some of the newer treatment for this condition also doesn’t always work. For these women, there are newer treatments for fibroids.
One of the most important factors that help a woman choose appropriate care is the women’s complete understanding of the reasons for treatment, any risks and potential benefit. If hysterectomy has been suggested as an option, you should weigh carefully the potential benefits as well as risks so that you are able to make a very informed decision.
Hysterectomy for fibroids
Hysterectomy options for fibroids are performed about 30% of the time with women who are suffering from fibroids.
But there have been modern advances with new treatments for fibroids women who still suffering. But currently, women have other options. One of these new treatments is Uterine Artery Embolization. This relatively new treatment is the alternative to open surgery for symptomatic fibroid removal. Embolization means to block out the blood that is flowing to the fibroid. By stopping the blood, the fibroid starts to die and shrink in size.
Myomectomy is the surgical removal of only the fibroid, with repair and reconstruction of the uterus. But women are frequently told that myomectomy is not suitable for them because the hysterectomy is considered safer, is connected with less bleeding or uterine muscle cancer may be present. But recent studies dispute all these claims.
Research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that Esmya quickly controls bleeding in 90% of patients and significantly reduces the size of the fibroid in patients who did not later need to have the fibroid removed. Recently this medication has been approved for use an additional 3 months, if the woman needs it, with a gap of two menstrual cycles between.
So, if you are suffering from fibroids, visit your doctor and discuss some of these newer procedures.