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).
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:
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: