I hear that my only option for treatment is a hysterectomy. Is that true?
“Hysterectomy is at the far end of the spectrum,” says Dr. Snowden. "Myomectomy, is another way to treat them where we remove the fibroids themselves, leaving the uterus intact. Usually it’s done with a small abdominal incision or we can use a laparoscope through the belly button.
We can also use a MRI guided focused ultrasound where high-intensity ultrasound waves are used to destroy the fibroids.
Lastly, there is a procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), which is really more for older women who are menopausal or perimenopausal. You’re injected with tiny particles smaller than a grain of sand through an incision in the groin into the two main arteries surrounding the uterus. The particles will stop the blood flow to the fibroid, which over time will shrink in size.”