Hysterectomies, the surgical removal of the uterus, are used to treat a wide variety of issues, from symptoms of fibroids to endometriosis to cancer. But a hysterectomy marks the end of a woman’s fertility. Also, like any major surgeries, come with a number of potential risks and side effects.
Hysterectomies often not necessary
Hysterectomies are often considered essential in treating certain conditions. However, a study released by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has found that up to 20 percent of hysterectomies performed on non-cancerous conditions are actually not necessary.
Perhaps logically, the study also found that alternative and less invasive procedures were not used as often as they should be. The report, which was highlighted in an article published by U.S. News & World Report, was supported by input from women’s health specialists. These practitioners suggest first trying non-surgical options to treat problems such as cramping, excessive menstrual bleeding, and anemia.
For example, uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally-invasive treatment fibroids. Other alternatives to hysterectomies, according to the article, include endometrial ablation, kegel exercises, and more. And, each of these treatments leaves a woman’s uterus intact while presenting a lower risk of side effects.
VIVA EVE: The Fibroid Experts
The doctors at VIVA EVE have years of experience in the treatment of both uterine fibroids and adenomyosis through the minimally-invasive UFE procedure. We provide high-quality, personalized care for each and every patient. We’ll partner with you to determine the best way to treat your problematic symptoms.