UFE vs Hysterectomy: Environmental Impact

Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery performed in the United States. The most common reason why this surgery is performed is for uterine fibroids. By now, if you’ve been following us, you already know that the vast majority of hysterectomies for fibroids are completely unnecessary due to the much better way of treating fibroids and the patient with Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE).

Carbon Footprint of Fibroid Treatment

Compared to fibroid surgery, UFE is much safer, much less invasive, much shorter recovery, much more convenient, and much less expensive. However, are you also aware that there is significantly more waste with traditional surgery, which is even worse with robotic or laparoscopic surgery as compared to UFE?

A study examining the environmental impacts of surgical procedures performed in the US revealed that robotic-assisted hysterectomies produce 30% more waste than other commonly performed surgical procedures. With UFE, there is significantly less waste and a much smaller environmental footprint.

What Is the Role of Anesthesia in Environmental Impact?

With any form of gynecologic surgery comes general anesthesia. Anesthesia such as desflurane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases. With UFE, there are no greenhouse anesthetic gases used. Learn more about how is UFE performed.

Instead, the anesthesia is intravenous and local, and with comparatively little waste, UFE results in a much smaller carbon footprint. Being environmentally responsible isn’t the reason why women choose UFE over surgery, but isn’t it nice to know that this better way to treat fibroids is also better for our environment?

Reach out to the Atlanta Fibroid Center to learn more about this outstanding procedure. Dr. Lipman and Dr. Ermentrout, two board-certified fibroid doctors, have successfully helped hundreds of women regain control of their lives from fibroids.

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