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UAE or Hysterectomy

Many women with fibroids are told by their gynecologists that hysterectomy is the only answer for treating thier fibroids;however, this is not always true. Read on to find out why this may not be the case for you and what you can do to find out your alternatives.

I recently learned that I have 3 fibroids in my uterus and my Gyn recommended that I get a total hysterectomy. Obviously, I want to avoid this if I can, but my doctor said that it is the only way that I can guarantee that my fibroids never come back. He also never told me about Embolization. I’m worried about the procedure and am wondering what I have to look forward to if I get the hysterectomy.

First, we strongly suggest that you get a second opinion before going forward with any medical procedure. We are not saying that your doctor is wrong, but doctors, like all of us, are human and are capable of making mistakes. Most doctors will welcome the idea of a second opinion. If they have done a complete job on the diagnosis and on the explanation of the problem to you, then they should feel confident about the range of options they have discussed with you. Therefore, it would be a good idea to talk to another doctor about your fibroids and get their input.

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. Sometimes it can also involve the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. The surgery is usually performed via an incision in your abdomen but vaginal hysterectomies are also possible. In the past, removing the uterus was the most common treatment for uterine fibroids. However, with the discovery of new and effective non surgical treatments , like Uterine Fibroids Embolization, hysterectomies are no longer the definitive answer for the treatment of fibroids, especially as the majority of fibroids have minimal symptoms.

A hysterectomy is a major operation, although it is perceived as generally a safe one. Some of the risks include blood clots, infection, excessive bleeding and damage to organs caused during surgery. Major complications, as a result of a hysterectomy, are rare but are possible. The long period of recovery after a hysterectomy is seen as one of the major drawbacks of the operation. On average there is a six to eight week recovery period until women return to their normal routines. This greatly differs from the recovery time of patients who have undergone UAE. Patients that have had an embolization often only need up to a week to recover. Additionally, patients that have a hysterectomy can not engage in sexual activity until about six weeks after the surgery. UAE patients can have sex as early as one week after the procedure.

Removing fibroids can give a greater sense of well-being and freedom from pain. For this reason, some fibroid sufferers choose a hysterectomy as their method of treatment. However, some women feel a deep sense of loss after a hysterectomy. Feelings of grief and depression are not uncommon after this operation. If a hysterectomy has been suggested to you as an option, you should carefully weigh the potential benefits and risks so that you are able to make a comfortable and informed decision about whether the procedures is right for you.

Learn more about Uterine Fibroid Embolization online, or contact us directly by calling 866-362-6463 or by requesting a free phone consultation. Additionally, you can find us on Twitter @fibroiddoctor and on Facebook at facebook.com/fibroids.

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