A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology says that nearly 20 percent of hysterectomies performed to treat noncancerous conditions are actually unnecessary. What€™s more, the study suggests that alternative treatments, such as uterine fibroid embolisation, are underutilized.
In a recent article published in U.S. News & World Report, women€™s health specialists said alternative treatments should always be considered first to alleviate the most common symptoms hysterectomies are too often used to remedy: heavy, irregular uterine bleeding; anemia; and pelvic pressure and pain.
The article addressed several symptoms and alternative treatments for each. For example, if a woman suffers from fibroids€”which are a leading cause of hysterectomies€”one alternative procedure is uterine artery embolization, a treatment that shrinks or eliminates the masses. During this minimally invasive procedure, small particles are injected into the uterine arteries to block blood flow feeding the fibroids. Unlike a hysterectomy, uterine artery embolization preserves a woman€™s uterus.
To explore additional hysterectomy alternatives, read the entire article.