Doctors often recommend that women with fibroids get a hysterectomy surgery to get rid of the tumors. This procedure surgically removes the uterus. Different options are available, such as a total hysterectomy or a partial hysterectomy. Some women have concerns with getting this procedure simply because they are not yet ready to give up their ability to conceive. Others are concerned about the hysterectomy recovery process. Getting a second opinion on a hysterectomy is an option for many patients, but you should know hysterectomy surgery is the most effective treatment option to remove fibroids completely.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. They may appear as singles, or in clusters, and they vary in size. Fibroids exist in women of reproductive age, and many specialists usually see their patients’ symptoms go away after menopause. Fibroids in the uterus are non-cancerous, but they can cause complications with many aspects of sexual and reproductive health. Some symptoms include:
- Excessive bleeding or pain during menstruation
- Bleeding between periods
- Fullness in the abdomen
- Pain during intercourse
- Vaginal discharge
Alternatives to Hysterectomy Surgery
There are alternatives to hysterectomy surgery for women who would like to opt-out of the surgical procedure. Here are some of the options your specialist might offer you if you’d like to take another route.
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain-killing drugs can relieve pain or discomfort in women. Another option is birth control pills which can treat bleeding symptoms and cramps. These pills also prevent ovulation and help regulate the menstrual cycle. However, these medications cannot get rid of the fibroids themselves; they only treat the symptoms.
Some hormonal medications can be prescribed to shrink the uterine fibroids, but if a patient stops taking the medication for any reason, fibroids can return.
Myomectomy is a surgical procedure in which your doctor will remove only the tumors, but leave uterus intact. This procedure may work for women who are trying to get pregnant shortly after the procedure. But, a myomectomy can only remove existing fibroids. There is a chance that some may grow back later.
Uterine Artery Embolization
This is a minimally-invasive procedure. A radiologist will decrease the blood supply to the fibroids by blocking a uterine artery. This decreased blood flow causes the fibroids to shrink. Although this procedure does not require the removal of the uterus, it is not recommended for women who still want to conceive children.
Trust the Specialists at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care
Here at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care, we treat gynecologic and colon cancers. Protecting your health is our specialty and our passion. If you are concerned about uterine fibroids, your need for a hysterectomy surgery or any other gynecologic condition, schedule an appointment with our specialists.