Women considering having surgery should be aware of all their options first. A hysterectomy can be a an effective way to treat various gynecological issues, but it is not the only way. There are multiple treatment options for women who are suffering from uterine fibroids, tumors that are typically found on the smooth muscle of the uterus. If uterine fibroids are not causing any pain the best option may be to carefully monitor. If fibroids are causing pain and interfering with your daily life, there are some less invasive alternatives to a hysterectomy.
A myomectomy is the surgical removal of the lesions only, not the organs. Surgical options for a myomectomy include laparoscopically, entering through the navel, or via hysteroscopy, which is done by inserting a thin instrument called a hysteroscope through the vagina. A da vinci robotic surgery myomectomy is another alternative to a hysterectomy that is less invasive.
Uterine artery embolization or uterine fibroid embolization is a noninvasive procedure where small particles are injected into the arteries which feeds the fibroids and cuts off the blood supply to the fibroid. 95 to 90 percent of patients report significant improvement.
Women who only have fibroids within the lining of the uterine cavity may consider hysteroscopy. As mentioned above, hysteroscopy is the insertion of a thin, telescope-like instrument through the vagina. This is a minor surgical procedure with minimal recuperation time.
Fibroids pain symptoms may also be treated medically with anti-inflammatory drugs. Hormone blocking drugs can also be effective, but fibroids will reappear after treatment has stopped.
If you have any questions regarding regarding alternatives to a hysterectomy, please contact NVSCC Las Vegas cancer center at 702-739-6467 or visit our website.