The Other Fibroid Treatment Option
Anywhere from 20-40% of all reproductive-aged women develop benign growths of the myometrium, known as leiomyomata or fibroid tumors. In general, these growths are asymptomatic as well as non-malignant, and they don’t require any sort of surgical intervention. In fact, many women find that undergoing fibroid treatment naturally or taking fibroid treatment medication are enough to abate their symptoms of heavy or painful periods.
Sometimes during pregnancy fibroids grow larger due to pregnancy hormones. Your doctor will likely recommend an ultrasound examination in order to determine whether your fibroids are growing or likely to cause complications. Fibroid treatment in pregnancy is usually treated with ice packs, bed rest and medication if needed and your physician will recommend the safest treatment option for you.
There are times however that unpleasant, and even health-risking, side effects occur that make treatment of those fibroids necessary. While many women in the past have had to opt for a hysterectomy or myomectomy in order to address their fibroids, these days there is non-surgical fibroid removal surgery or fibroid treatment without surgery available known as Uterine Fibroid Embolisation, or UFE.
Okay, What is Uterine Fibroid Embolisation?
During fibroid treatment with UFE, a thin catheter is inserted into the radial artery of your wrist and advanced into the blood vessels that supply your uterus. Tiny particles are then injected through the catheter into the small arteries that supply the adenomyosis within your uterus and these particles act to actually starve the adenomyosis of its nutrient and oxygen supply and it disappears as your uterine muscles heal. Period pain improves with the very next cycle and the positive effect on your bleeding is instantaneous.
Unlike the lengthy recovery time from a hysterectomy or even a myomectomy, a single overnight stay in hospital is what you can expect at the fibroid clinic before you are allowed to go home and you can expect to return to work in as little as 10 days. There is a dull ache similar to a period pain for a short while after your procedure but it is a sign that the arteries connected to the fibroids are beginning to shut down. The tiny incision and no stitches required is also a huge plus as there isn’t the scarring associated with the other option.
UFE is also safer than surgery and is covered by Medical Aid and insurance. There is no danger of damage to your uterus with this procedure and with the quick recovery, you’ll be so glad that you elected to go with UFE. Join the over 200,000 women worldwide that have discovered the benefits of fibroid treatment with UFE and start feeling better faster than you ever knew possible.