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By Judith Groch Feb 26, 2008 Researchers of the Dutch Multicenter Randomized Embolization vs. Hysterectomy trial found that embolization is a good alternative to hysterectomy, and 90% of all patients were at least moderately satisfied with their treatment. They wrote that patients who want “absolute certainty” may prefer a hysterectomy, but women who want a […]

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By Jennifer Bihm There is a safer, easier alternative to hysterectomy in the treatment of fibroids according to specialist Dr. Bruce McLucas founder of the UCLA- based Fibroid Treatment Collective. Emboliza-tion, a procedure that essentially involves “choking” off the blood supply to the fibroids, is performed by inserting small pellets through the arteries. Unfortunately, according […]

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From Top Health Breakthroughs 11/21/07 By Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld Nonsurgical treatments available are available for treatment of uterine fibroids, which can cause pelvic pain, frequent urination and vaginal bleeding.  Featured in this article on the Top Health Breakthroughs of 2007, uterine artery embolization treats fibroids by blocking their blood supply to shrink them. Real Alternatives […]

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A new survey shows that fewer than half of women afflicted with uterine fibroid tumors are being informed by their gynecologists of a minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomy, the most common treatment for the condition. The survey, to be released tomorrow, was conducted on behalf of BioSphere Medical Inc., a Rockland, Mass., company that makes […]

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Maybe I’m the wrong ex-patient to be telling you this: Experimental surgery erased Stage III colon cancer from my shell-shocked body six years ago. But even I’ve got to admit that all is not well in America’s operating rooms: At least 12,000 Americans die each year from unnecessary surgery, according to a Journal of the […]

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Treating Troubling Fibroids Without Surgery By: Linda Villarosa November 23, 2004 Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, shares at least one thing with millions of other American women: she had fibroids, benign tumors in the uterus that required treatment. Ms. Rice, the nominee for secretary of state, entered the hospital for an overnight stay last […]

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At least a quarter of all women suffer in agony every month from intrauterine fibroids. Now, a new type of treatment could help put an end to the pain and get them back to their lives in just a couple days. Intrauterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors inside the uterus that cause extremely painful and heavy […]

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By: Lee Peterson When doctors told Victoria Overton she needed a hysterectomy, she balked. She wanted to know the alternatives. But her first- and second-opinion gynecologists gave her no options. To them, a large fibroid tumor on her uterus meant that the entire organ would have to be removed. The benign tumor was causing problems: […]

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Despite a decades-old debate over its medical necessity, hysterectomy is still the most common non-obstetrical major surgery performed on women in the United States. By the time a woman reaches age 60, the chances are about 1 in 3 that she will have had her uterus removed, and possibly her ovaries as well, in order […]

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By: Kathleen Fackelmann NEW YORK (AP) — Arleen Chatman’s mother had a hysterectomy. Her grandmother had a hysterectomy. So did her sister, two aunts and a cousin, who was only 32 when the family problem uterine fibroids struck her as they do millions of women every year. Chatman, 57, was determined to buck her history, […]

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