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Thinking About a Hysterectomy to Address Your Fibroids?

Few words can have as much of an impact on a woman as the dreaded ‘hysterectomy.’ A hysterectomy procedure removes either part or all of a woman's uterus and, depending on the underlying reasons for the surgery, your surgeon may also remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes. After undergoing a hysterectomy, you can no longer become pregnant, nor do you have menstrual periods.

 

In the United States each year nearly 500,000 women have hysterectomies performed, making it the second most common surgery among women in that country. Even in the U.K. there is an average of 400,000 hysterectomies every year, making the worldwide totals exceed 1 million each and every year.

 

The standard abdominal hysterectomy surgery is considered major surgery of course, and it entails a large incision on your stomach area and a slow and painful recovery that will last approximately for 6 weeks.

Hysterectomy Indications for Fibroids

Your doctor may discover underlying issues that lead him/her to recommend a hysterectomy over other options, but having one strictly to deal with fibroids is not the ideal solution. There are also several different hysterectomy types, and they are:

Abdominal Hysterectomy - The most common form of hysterectomy and is performed through an incision in the stomach and generally requires the longest recovery time.

Vaginal Hysterectomy - Performed through the vagina depending on the size of your uterus and the initial reason for your surgery.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy - Your organs are visualized and manipulated through a laparoscope, and your uterus is removed either through a small incision in the abdomen or vaginally.

Bilateral Salpingo-ophorectomy - Removal of the ovaries and/or fallopian tubes

Sub-Total Hysterectomy - Leaves the cervix intact but removes the rest of the uterus

Hysterectomy Recovery

Of course, there is hysterectomy risks no matter which procedure you undergo, and the recovery time can be extensive and painful. With the average of 6 weeks for recovery, including being off work and restricted to what you can and cannot do, many women do experience at least some form of depression after the procedure and during recovery. This is a serious side-effect and it is important that you discuss any issues like this with your doctor.



Alternatives such as a myomectomy or a UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolisation) are both less invasive than a hysterectomy and have much shorter recovery times. While your doctor may discover other underlying issues that lead him to recommend a hysterectomy over the other options, having one strictly to deal with fibroids is not the ideal solution.



With a UFE there is little to no risk of fibroids returning, and your recovery time will only be about 10 days. During the UFE a small, thin catheter is inserted into your radial artery of one of your wrists and then advanced into the blood vessels that supply your uterus. Once that is completed, tiny particles are injected into the small arteries that supply the fibroids and they starve them of their nutrient and oxygen supplies. Your fibroids quickly disappear as the muscle of the uterus heal and you will generally feel relief almost instantly.



If you suffer from fibroids and you’re contemplating a hysterectomy to deal with them once and for all, take the above into consideration and discuss the option of UFE with your physician. Without ever knowing it, millions of women live with fibroids every year and never experience any sort of issues or side-effects. However, hundreds of thousands undergo unnecessary hysterectomies to address fibroids without ever know that there are affordable and safe solutions available that can provide permanent relief from fibroids



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