Up to 70% of women have fibroids of some size in their uterus. Most of these women won’t know that they have fibroids because they are small enough that they will not cause symptoms. However, millions of women a year see a specialist due to prolonged bleeding at menses, pelvic pain and pressure, or infertility.
Women without symptoms do not require treatment. Fibroids are not cancerous and do not need to be removed. However, women with persistent symptoms should be evaluated for treatment options. In years past, women needed to have their uterus removed through a large abdominal incision to treat their fibroids. But with todays’ newest technology, there are a greater number of treatment options.
With outpatient uterine fibroid embolization (UFE, UAE) and minimally invasive robotic myomectomy, many women are opting to have their fibroids treated instead of living with the symptoms. Also, since The Fibroid Treatment Centers’ options all include preserving a woman’s uterus and ovaries, more women feel comfortable having their fibroids treated.
Of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States each year, most could be avoided by having a uterus preserving fibroid treatment. Unfortunately, many doctors continue the trend of offering hysterectomy despite the growth of new, minimally invasive fibroid treatment options.
We encourage women to schedule an initial consultation or a second opinion with us at The Fibroid Treatment Center. Direct patient self-referrals are accepted. Alternatively, women can talk to their primary care physicians to determine the best approach for themselves. Each patients’ options will differ based on their medical history and the size of their uterus and number of uterine fibroids.