Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids

How Do You Treat Fibroids?

There are several factors that will determine which is the best course of treatment for you, including your age, your risk factors, how bad your symptoms are, and whether or not you plan to get pregnant in the future.

A discussion with your doctor will help you decide whether uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) or another treatment is best for you.

Here is the list of fibroid treatments options:

Compare Treatment Options

  Description Advantages Disadvantages
Uterine Fibroid Embolization Minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure blocks the blood flow to fibroid tumors, causing them to shrink. Performed by an interventional radiologist. No general anesthesia required. Very small incision. Typical recovery less than one week. Less risk of major complications than surgical procedures. A single treatment is about 90% effective. Post-procedural pain that generally dissipates in a few days. Complications may include mild fatigue or low-grade fever.
Myomectomy Surgical removal of fibroid tumors. Relieves symptoms and preserves uterus. Some myomectomy procedures can be performed on patients with cancer. Risks associated with major surgery, general anesthesia, and hospitalization. Up to six weeks of recovery. Fibroids can recur.
Hysterectomy Surgical removal of the uterus. Permanently relieves symptoms. Loss of fertility. Risks associated with major surgery, general anesthesia, and hospitalization. Up to six weeks of recovery. Hormonal changes and potential long-term side effects if ovaries are removed.
MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUs) Ultrasound waves penetrate the abdominal wall and heat fibroid tissue, causing the tumor to shrink. Procedure can take several hours. Usually only appropriate for small fibroids near the surface of the uterus. Some insurance plans may not cover. Fibroids may recur. No incision. One- to two-day recovery with minimal discomfort. Preserves uterus.
Hormone Treatment Hormones moderate the production of estrogen and progesterone, putting patient in temporary postmenopausal state. When hormone production decreases, fibroids shrink and symptoms improve. Non-surgical. Preserves uterus. No anesthesia; no recovery time. Symptoms return when treatment stops. Some treatments will pause fertility. Recommended for a maximum of six months; otherwise may lead to early menopause-like symptoms, including osteoporosis (bone loss).

The doctors at VIVA EVE have years of experience in the treatment of both uterine fibroids and adenomyosis through Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE).

At VIVA EVE we are committed to providing high-quality, personalized care for each and every patient we see. We will partner with you to determine the best way to treat your problematic fibroids or adenomyosis.

Please click here or call 1-866-684-8238 to schedule an appointment with one of our fibroid experts.

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