An Alternative to Hysterectomy

A uterine fibroid is a type of benign tumor that develops beneath the lining of the uterus. Most fibroids are asymptomatic, and about 40% of women develop them during their lifetimes. However, some women have fibroids that cause significant symptoms, making life very difficult to manage. If your fibroids cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or other unpleasant symptoms, please consider a consultation with us to learn more about a nonsurgical fibroid treatment known as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE).

Risks of Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy has a 30% complication rate while in the hospital (typically infection or fever), and an additional risk of more serious complications such as hemorrhage (requiring transfusion), or injury to the bladder, ureter, or bowel. One-third of patients who underwent hysterectomy, undergo another related surgery within 2 years (examples: adhesions, bowel obstructions). Surgically removing an enlarged fibroid uterus weakens the pelvic floor muscles which often lead to urinary leaking or incontinence. Other risks include:

  • 1. Injury to Adjacent Organs: Most commonly injured are the bladder, ureter, and bowel
  • 2. Post-operative bleeding requiring blood transfusion¬†
  • 3. Infections or wound issues
  • 4. Long-term Side Effects: Many women suffer side effects long after their hysterectomies. Hysterectomy can affect women psychologically (like a man being castrated), sexually (loss of libido or orgasm), can cause increased bone loss, weight gain, and can elevate cardiovascular risk (leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke).

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Your doctor may recommend uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) as an alternative to hysterectomy, which is essentially fibroid treatment without surgery. The advantages of UFE over surgery are the following:

  • Safer: UFE is a safer procedure than myomectomy or hysterectomy
  • No General Anesthesia: UFE is performed using conscious (IV and local) sedation.
  • No Surgical Incisions: With UFE, only a band-aid is needed to cover the entry site.
  • Excellent results: UFE has a very high clinical success and patient satisfaction rate.

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Atlanta Fibroid Center
of Atlanta Interventional Institute
John C. Lipman, MD, FSIR
3670 Highlands Parkway SE
Smyrna, GA 30082

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