Of all the different uterine fibroid treatments out there, the most commonly performed one is the hysterectomy, a procedure which removes the uterus. While this is quite possibly one of the only fibroid treatments — if not the only — to effectively eliminate fibroids and ensure they don’t return, it’s not necessarily the best choice.
If your doctor suggests a hysterectomy as the solution to your symptoms of fibroid cysts, you should probably get a second opinion. Here’s why.
There are other uterine fibroids treatment options out there. Although a hysterectomy is definitely effective, there are other fibroid tumor treatments out there, too. Many of these procedures are noninvasive, and require little to no downtime, allowing patients to get back on their feet in no time.
Doctors frequently advise a hysterectomy be performed incorrectly. A University of Michigan-led study from January revealed that one in five women who underwent a hysterectomy for benign conditions may not have needed it. Many of the cases did not warrant such a treatment, researchers found.
Patients aren’t being told about other options. The same University of Michigan study also found that an alarming amount of women had no documentation in their medical records of receiving information about hysterectomy alternatives. Researchers found that a staggering 40% of hysterectomy patients weren’t told that there were other procedures they could have opted for instead.
Long story short, if your doctor suggests you undergo a hysterectomy to have your fibroids taken care of, you should probably get a second opinion. There are tons of other fibroid treatments out there that can effectively eliminate the fibroids, and just the fibroids. What’s more doctors are often mis-advising their patients, and aren’t even telling them about alternatives. So do yourself a favor, and go see someone else.
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