Uterine Fibroid Embolization For Large Fibroids: Is It Effective?
Uterine fibroids are one of the most common gynecological conditions, and you will not surprise anyone with this diagnosis. According to available data, the disease is detected in 35% of women after the age of 35. Today, practicing doctors often have to deal with fibroids of small and medium sizes.
Large fibroids are somewhat less common due to early diagnosis and regular medical examinations women undergo. It is noted that large fibroids are detected mainly in patients older than 40 years old who have been avoiding treatment for a long time.
The largest fibroid ever reported weighed 140 lbs. (63.3 kg) and was removed from a patient postmortem in 1888, according to the case report. Among living patients, the largest fibroid ever removed weighed 100 lbs. (45.5 kg).
This fact makes it clear: fibroids can grow to reach gigantic proportions. You do not need to wait until the weight of the fibroids is equal to the weight of an adult. Timely treatment allows preventing the rapid growth of all fibroids.
What Sizes of Fibroids Are Considered Large?
Fibroids in the uterus increase like a fetus during pregnancy. The size of fibroids is usually measured in weeks of pregnancy:
- a tumor is considered to be small from 1 to 20 millimeters (4 weeks);
- average size – from 2 to 6 cm (10-12 weeks);
- a fibroid from 6 cm and above is called a large fibroid (16 or more weeks);
- over 20-30 cm is a giant fibroid (over 30 weeks).
With multiple fibroids, the size of the main tumor is of primary importance.
It is important to understand that theoretically, a benign tumor can reach any size if its growth is not limited by treatment. Large uterine fibroids do not occur suddenly. This is usually the result of avoiding treatment or an incorrect therapy regimen.
Large uterine fibroids do not disappear without a trace, so patients need comprehensive treatment. Having reached a large size, a fibroid needs constant nutrition, which it receives at the expense of vital organs, depriving them of necessary nutrients. But it’s not all the danger of large uterine fibroids. The most serious consequence is necrosis of the tumor, which can develop due to circulatory issues. This condition is dangerous for a woman and requires immediate intervention.
To prevent serious complications, large fibroids need to be treated as soon as possible. If a benign tumor has reached a large size, oral hormones will not help.
UFE For Large Fibroids
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is the most effective fibroid treatment option to date. This is a uterus-preserving, non-surgical procedure that eliminates even large fibroids.
The procedure is not accompanied by surgical complications (because it’s not surgery), pain, and does not require anesthesia. Another advantage of the procedure is a short recovery period, which lasts no more than a week, and there are almost zero risks of recurrence.
UFE can be performed at any stage of the disease, regardless of the number of nodes and their size. Sometimes UFE is the only treatment method that can help avoid complications.
If your doctor says that your only option is a hysterectomy to treat large fibroids, be sure to consult Dr. John Lipman for a second opinion. In almost 100 percent of cases, if you are advised to undergo a hysterectomy, you are a candidate for UFE!
Do not face the problem alone, make an appointment with Dr. John Lipman by calling (770) 953-2600 today or make an appointment online to learn more about UFE.