Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that grow in and on the uterus, also referred to as uterine myomas or leiomyomas. Many women are unaware that they have uterine fibroids until they undergo a pelvic exam. For some, there might not be any symptoms, but others do experience several symptoms that indicate the presence of uterine fibroids.
For those with symptoms, treatment, such as fibroid surgery, might be suggested. In fact, here are the reasons why you might require fibroid surgery if you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids:
1) Medication is Ineffective
Fibroids can be treated with medication that aim to reduce heavy periods that accompany fibroids, as well as other medications to help shrink the size of the fibroids. However, it is possible that these medications are ineffective, leading to heavy periods and existing fibroids. If this is the case, then fibroid surgery should be considered.
Medication can also be ineffective for those with larger fibroids, meaning that other treatment methods will be required in order to relieve the patient from any symptoms.
2) Symptoms are Severe
If you are experiencing severe symptoms that are affecting your daily activities, (and medication has been ineffective), then your doctor might recommend fibroid surgery. Severe symptoms include:
- Painful, heavy periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Stabbing pain in abdomen
- Back pain
- And more…
Alternative to Fibroid Surgery
On the one hand, it is important to note that traditional fibroid surgery is not the only option available for those who wish to get rid of their fibroids. At Lumina Interventional Radiology, we provide uterine artery embolisation, which is a minimally invasive procedure for shrinking fibroids. This method utilises a fine catheter that is inserted into your uterine artery, injecting small particles that block the flow of blood from the artery to the fibroids.
This is an effective alternative to fibroid surgery if you prefer a faster and easier recovery!
Do you think you are in need of an alternative to fibroid surgery? If so, then Lumina Interventional Radiology has got you covered. With our minimally invasive procedure for uterine fibroids, we can help with treating fibroids and assisting you throughout your recovery. For more information, get in touch with the Lumina team today.