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Choices Choices Choices…Yipeeee!!

Posted in Fibroid Relief News

As promised in the last blog that I posted, in THIS blog, I will list/describe  all of  the treatment options that are available for women  ladened with fibroids. I also promise: 1.To be brief with my descriptions (okay,stop rolling your eyes), 2.To be unbiased in my explanations (this will be as difficult as attending a nudist camp and only looking at peoples eyes…I want to say SOMETHING!!) Having vowed these promises to you, here are your CHOICES.

1. Hysterectomy
If one opts for this procedure as a treatment choice for fibroids, the uterus is surgically removed from the body, along with the possibility of removing the ovaries and cervix as well.

2. Myomectomy
If one opts for this procedure as a treatment choice for fibroids, the fibroids are surgically excised from the uterus, leaving the uterus in “place.”

3. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
If one opts for this procedure as a treatment choice for fibroids, the fibroids are deadened by blocking their blood supply with tiny pellets (essentially acting as plugs.)

4. Radiofrequency Ablation
If one opts for this procedure as a treatment choice for fibroids, the fibroids are “killed” with a needle electrode that penetrates  and burns the offending fibroid. A laproscopic camera and an intra-abdominal ultrasound probe are also used with this treatment method.

5. Hormone Therapy
If one opts for this procedure as a treatment choice for fibroids, one is given drugs to suppress hormone production;  putting one into temporary menopause, thus shrinking the symptomatic fibroid(s).

6. MR guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS or HIFU)
If one opts for this procedure as a treatment choice for fibroids, focused ultrasound waves heat and destroy the fibroid tissue. During the treatment, MRI images are used to guide this non-invasive process.

7. Symptom Management
If one opts for this procedure as a treatment choice for fibroids, there are a myriad of  variables and innumerable choices that must be taken into account. I will discuss this, in its entirety, in another posting.

8. Watchful-waiting
If you have no symptoms, then this option is fine-‘n-dandy. But, if you do have symptoms, please read the above descriptions of treatment options, and take action.

For a much much much more detailed look at each of these treatment options, please refer to this website(fibroidrelief.org)…it is excellent and includes the pros/cons of each procedure.
Every single one of you wonderful women are individuals with different needs, and wants, and ages, and other variables that MUST be taken into account when accessing what is right-for-you and your “fibroided” uterus. I urge you to read read read and research these treatments…and remember…knowledge is power, arm yourselves with IT!!!

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About Wendy

Wendy is a patient advocate for Fibroid Relief. She had fibroids and was treated with Focused Ultrasound.