A uterine fibroid is a type of benign tumor that develops beneath the lining of the uterus. Most fibroids are harmless, and about 40% of women develop them during their lifetimes. However, some women have fibroids that cause significant symptoms, making life very uncomfortable. If your fibroids cause heavy menstrual bleeding, painful sexual intercourse, or other symptoms, you may be tempted to completely remove your uterus. However, you should first consider Uterine Fibroid Embolization€”a non-invasive alternative to hysterectomy provided by MIMIT.
Risks of Hysterectomy
Like any type of surgery that involves the use of general anesthesia, hysterectomy comes with inherent risks. Here are just a few of the disadvantages that hysterectomy patients are sometimes exposed to.
- Injury to Adjacent Organs: A hysterectomy is a very delicate procedure. If there are any complications, patients could suffer damage to your bladder, urinary tract, or other nearby structures.
- Long Recovery Period: It can take weeks or months to heal from a hysterectomy. During that time, patients must refrain from having sex or engaging in any other kind of strenuous activity.
- Long-Term Side Effects: Some women suffer side effects long after their hysterectomies€”particularly older women. Constipation, weight gain, and pelvic pain are just a few side effects associated with hysterectomy.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Your doctor may recommend uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) as an alternative to hysterectomy. UFE halts and reverses the growth of fibroids by blocking their blood supply.
- No General Anesthesia: Much of the risk of surgery is associated with general anesthesia. UFE merely involves a local anesthetic at the injection site.
- No Surgical Incisions: An abdominal hysterectomy will result in an unsightly scar across the abdomen. During UFE, your doctor will simply inject particles into the artery leading to the fibroid€”no incision is involved.
- Excellent Results: Though hysterectomy is effective at removing severe uterine fibroids, it’s a rather drastic measure. UFE specifically targets the fibroids, and has a very high success rate. About 90 percent of women who undergo UFE experience significant relief.
The moment you notice something abnormal in your pelvic region, consider scheduling an appointment with a skilled doctor in Chicago. The medical professionals at Midwest Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapies, PC can identify the issue and provide prompt treatment. If you choose to undergo uterine fibroid embolization, we promise to provide compassionate and responsible care. Call our Melrose Park office at (708) 486-2600 if you have any questions.