by Alicia Armeli
This month, Atlanta Interventional Institute invites you to join the #DontLoseYourU campaign! Your uterus, although we abbreviate as U, is an important organ that deserves much attention. As we discussed in a recent blog post, your uterus does more than just carry a baby. Research has shown the uterus is important for women physically, emotionally, and sexually. Removing the uterus, as seen with hysterectomy, can affect each of these facets of well-being, in turn impacting you.
With 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year—the majority done to treat noncancerous growths like uterine fibroids—we’re encouraging women to look into uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) to proactively safeguard your U and what this organ means to you as a woman.1 You can be #FreeFromFibroids and still save your uterus when you opt for UFE!
UFE is a nonsurgical procedure that treats all fibroids in a single session. Instead of surgically removing the uterus to treat symptoms like fibroid-related heavy periods and pelvic pain, UFE accesses fibroids through a small nick in the wrist or groin area. UFE blocks blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and bothersome symptoms to subside. An outpatient procedure, UFE has been found to be a safe and effective alternative to hysterectomy.2 Long-term studies have shown that 90% of women who undergo UFE are satisfied at the time of final follow-up.3
Join the many women who avoided surgery and found relief with UFE. Read the inspiring stories of Cynthia Bailey, Lamechee Favors, Gwen Tyler, Carmen McKever, and Kellie Brown by clicking on their names, and spread the word: #DontLoseYourU!
Gwen Tyler, Carmen McKever, and Kellie Brown:
Alicia Armeli is a medical writer, copywriter, and editor who specializes in medical articles based on research. To learn more about Ms. Armeli, please visit http://AliciaArmeli.com.
This article was reviewed for accuracy and approved by John C. Lipman, MD, FSIR.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Data and Statistics: Hysterectomy. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/
2. Rasuli, P., Sabri, A., Hammond, I., et al. (2013). Outpatient uterine artery embolization for symptomatic fibroids: short- and long-term single institution-based outcomes. J Obstet Gynaecol Can, Feb; 35(2): 156-163.
3. Lohle, P. N., Voogt, M. J., De Vries, J., et al. (2008). Long-term outcome of uterine artery embolization for symptomatic uterine leiomyomas. J Vasc Interv Radiol, Mar; 19(3): 319-326.