3 Alternative Treatments For Fibroids
If you’re experiencing the signs and symptoms of fibroids, you may need uterine fibroid surgery. The keyword there being “may.” Thanks to modern medical advancements, there are now plenty of alternative, uterine fibroid treatments available to women who would like to avoid going under the knife.
Here are just a few of the uterine fibroids treatment options currently available.
Medicinal Fibroid Treatments.
If fibroids aren’t causing any serious symptoms, but are large enough to cause noticeable problems, doctors can prescribe patients medicinal treatments to help them cope. If fibroids cause abornmal menstrual bleeding, for example, some doctors may prescribe certain birth control medicines that can help women re-regulate their menstrual cycle. If the fibroids are causing minor pain, doctors often suggest taking ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain reliever.
Radiofrequency ablation is another alternative to invasive surgery. This treatment is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that destroys all the fibroids, and just the fibroids. A needle array applies energy to destroy each fibroid, without affecting the surrounding tissue. Patients can go home the day of, and need only a few days worth of bed rest.
A myomectomy actually is one of the different surgical fibroid treatments, but it’s also more preferable to many women, so it’s worth noting here. Typically, doctors recommend patients get a hysterectomy, which is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus. Unfortunately, a recent study found that nearly one in five women who underwent a hysterectomy did so needlessly. A myomectomy, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure that hysteroscopically removes the fibroids through one large or many small incisions, thusly preserving the uterus. This is often the preferable option when fibroids are simply too large or there are too many to remove another way.
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