Treatment options

There are a number of treatment options for uterine fibroids.  In the past, the most common treatment was a hysterectomy. Today, there are more treatment options for women with symptomatic fibroids. It is important to consult with your physician about what treatment is best for your case. The following factors may be taken into consideration when determining the best treatment option.

  • Age
  • General health
  • Severity of symptoms
  • Obstetric history
  • Location of fibroid(s) in the uterus

In the following part several treatment options are described

MRgFUS - what is it?

MR guided Focused Ultrasound - this is a non-invasive, procedure for treating uterine fibroids. The treatment preserves your uterus and fertility. 

The treatment requires no incisions, no anesthesia and offers quick recovery time and return to normal life (1-2 days). >>>

Hysterectomy Surgical

Removal of the uterus. Due to its invasive nature, this procedure requires use of general anesthesia and about 3-6 weeks to recover from time for recovery.

Since your uterus is gone, there will be no pregnancies following this procedure.

Abdominal Myomectomy

Removal of one or more of the fibroids through an incision in the abdomen (to enable access to the uterus).

This procedure requires use of general anesthesia and a recovery time of about four weeks.

Laparoscopic Myomectomy

Removal of fibroids using laparoscopy, making 2-3 less than half-inch incisions. This procedure can be used to treat small fibroids only. 

It does require the use of general anesthesia and a recovery time of about 1-2 weeks.

Hysteroscopic Myomectomy

Removal of submucous fibroids by inserting a hysteroscope through the vagina and the cervix into the uterus.  

This treatment also requires the use of general anesthesia. There is no hospitalization and recovery time is quick (1-3 days) 

Laser Treatment for Uterine Myoma

Combines MR imaging, or laparoscopic myolisis with lasers to cut off blood supply to the fibroid. The treatment may cause skin burns.

This treatment also requires the use of general anesthesia but there is no hospitalization involved. Recovery time is around a week long.

Uterine Artery Embolization

The doctors inject the uterine artery with polyvinyl alcohol beads, using a catheter. This blocks the flow of blood to the fibroid leading to its necrosis.

  • No general anesthesia
  • No hospital stay
  • 1 -3 days home recovery

Alternative Treatments

Non-invasive treatment options for uterine fibroids such as hormone therapy, oral therapies, herbal treatments, homeopathic & holistic treatments

Watchful Waiting

No treatment. Monitoring for any progression of symptoms.

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