Uterine Fibroids: Treatments
Hysterectomy for Uterine Fibroids
The traditional treatment for uterine fibroids is hysterectomy; a gynecologist will remove the patient's uterus.
The main benefit of hysterectomy for the treatment of uterine fibroids is that the woman has no more menstrual cycles.
The main drawback is that it often requires an incision in the abdomen, requiring the patient to stay in the hospital for several days. Recovery can take up to six weeks. Additionally, the patient can no longer have children.
This led to research into alternative treatments with the goal of preserving the ability to have children.
Myomectomy for Uterine Fibroids
Myomectomy is considered by many to be a partial hysterectomy. The gynecologist will make an incision and remove as many of the fibroids as they can get to.
The main benefit of myomectomy is that the patient keeps her uterus and retains the ability to have children.
The main disadvantage of myomectomy is that it carries all the same surgical risks as hysterectomy as well as the same recovery time.
Additionally, the surgeon can only treat the fibroids that they can remove.
Also, there is a risk of bleeding associated with the surgical procedure.
These drawbacks led to the development of embolization of the uterine arteries prior to the surgical procedure.
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