A Less-Invasive Procedure to Treat Fibroids; Uterine Artery Embolization Offers Shorter Hospital Stays and a Faster Return to Normal Activities
- Created: September 20, 2017
- by: Admin
The article discusses the advantages of embolization as a non-surgical, non-invasive approach with several distinct advantages to fibroid patients. Key benefits include ease, effectiveness and safety of the procedure. But a very significant difference, according to the Wall Street Journal, is embolization’s extremely quick recovery time.
The fibroid patient can now avoid the life/work impact associated with traditional fibroid surgeries. Myomectomy and hysterectomy, the two most common surgeries associated with fibroids, involve months of rest and recovery. This can have a serious effect on a patient’s home life, work life and economic situation. Embolization allows patients to receive fibroid treatment and symptom relief quickly and permanently, in a very short time. The article concludes that can embolization provide fibroid patients with a non-surgical and streamlined treatment that gets them back to normal, back to work and back to health in a few days, rather than a few months.
Dr. McLucas is quoted on several additional points concerning fibroid embolization. Interestingly, embolization eliminates the chance of fibroid regrowth. This is important because one of the most common fibroid surgeries, myomectomy, carries a 50+% chance of fibroids reappearing within 1 year post- surgery. Patients undergo myomectomy, but may experience a reappearance of fibroids fairly quickly, requiring additional surgery, additional recovery and additional time out of the workplace. Embolization, on the other hand, permanently inhibits fibroid growth and regrowth.
Correctly performed, embolization means a single procedure, a short recovery time, and no repeat in treatment.
For the practical-minded patient, the difference between surgery and embolization is clear. Months off work, with the distinct possibility of repeated surgery. Or a few days off work, with the problem solved quickly. And completely.
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