Did you know uterine fibroids are one of the most common reasons women get a hysterectomy? Doctors perform more than 400,000 hysterectomies in the U.S. every year, most for reasons that don’t directly threaten women’s health.
While a hysterectomy is a safe surgery for the removal of the uterus, research suggests that women who undergo a hysterectomy are at greater risk for developing heart disease and other health problems. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., more than all cancers combined.
Hysterectomy’s Heart Risk
Previous studies showed that only if both ovaries were removed during a hysterectomy, it would increase the risk of cardiovascular disease which is why the number of hysterectomies that spared ovaries grew in the past few years. But recent research from the Mayo Clinic points to the fact that a hysterectomy in general raises women’s risk of heart problems, even if they keep their ovaries.
Compared to women who did not have a hysterectomy, women who had their uterus removed had a much higher risk of long-term health issues. This included high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. Women who had a hysterectomy before the age of 35 were especially at risk for heart problems, such as developing coronary artery disease (buildup of plaque in the arteries).
Because of the high risk of heart disease associated with a hysterectomy, researchers encouraged women to consider non-surgical alternatives for treating fibroids and other benign conditions.
Alternative Treatment to Hysterectomy
Doctors often recommend a hysterectomy to women who are looking for relief from heavy bleeding, uterine fibroids and other similar issues; however, alternative treatments for these chronic conditions exist beyond surgery.
One such alternative is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). At Fibroid Institute Dallas, we specialize in UFE to help women overcome painful fibroid symptoms, such as heavy bleeding and pelvic pain. UFE is a safe, minimally-invasive procedure that cuts off blood flow to the fibroids and causes them to shrink. The procedure doesn’t require the removal of the uterus, and 90% of women who go through with the procedure find that their fibroid symptoms resolve.
Compared to a hysterectomy and other surgeries, the recovery time for UFE is much shorter and the procedure is less painful and involves fewer risks. Patients leave with just a small adhesive bandage on the wrist to cover a puncture the size of a grain of rice.
Fibroid Institute Dallas Can Help
Has your doctor diagnosed you with uterine fibroids? Are you looking for an alternative to hysterectomy and the removal of your uterus? Dr. Slonim and her team at Fibroid Institute Dallas are experts at treating fibroids without surgery. Our number one patient-preferred treatment option is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), the gold standard in non-surgical fibroid treatment.
We are here to help. Call us at 214-838-6440 for questions about fibroids or if you would like to know if UFE is the right treatment option for you. To request an appointment online, go to our appointment scheduler.