An Alternative To Hysterectomy In Chicago

hysterectomy alternativeA 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.

Uterine Fibroid Treatment In Chicago

Even if your doctor discovers that you have a uterine fibroid, it’s not necessarily a cause for concern. Millions of women have uterine fibroids and are able to lead healthy, productive lives. If you start to notice symptoms, however, your doctor may seriously discuss your treatment options. MIMIT and its medical director, Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, offer apt lifestyle recommendations and effective treatment options for Chicago-area women. Below are a few treatment options to consider for uterine fibroids.slide-2

Healthy Lifestyle Habits

If your doctor discovers fibroids that are asymptomatic, he or she may recommend “watchful waiting.” To reduce your likelihood of developing more serious fibroids, you might quit smoking and adopt healthier lifestyle habits.

  • Healthy Diet: A healthy diet is at the core of healthy living. Try to cut out unhealthy fats and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. After menopause, the fibroids will likely shrink without further intervention.
  • Regular Exercise: Regular exercise can help reduce mild fibroid symptoms or prevent them from occurring. Most doctors recommend getting at least 150 minutes of exercise every week.

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills aren’t just for contraception€”they also have medical uses for some women. Some types of birth control can help in the following ways.

  • Hormone Control: Hormones are directly related to the development and growth of uterine fibroids. Birth control can control certain hormones, limiting the fibroids’ growth.
  • Reduced Bleeding: Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common symptom of severe uterine fibroids. Birth control can help reduce bleeding and other symptoms associated with fibroids.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is perhaps the most effective treatment for uterine fibroids. UFE is safe, painless, and non-invasive.

  • Direct Treatment: UFE involves the injection of tiny particles into the artery leading to the fibroid. Rather than manage the symptoms of uterine fibroids, UFE addresses the tumors directly by cutting off blood flow.
  • Shrunken Fibroids: Once the artery to the fibroid is completely blocked, the tumor will no longer have a regular supply of blood. Over time, this will cause the fibroid to shrink, thus reducing or eliminating symptoms.

If you are suffering from pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and other symptoms of severe uterine fibroids, you may be a good candidate for uterine fibroid embolization in Chicago. You can call MIMIT at (708) 486-2600 to set up an appointment, at which time you can ask Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra about fibroid embolization.