A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology says that nearly 20 percent of hysterectomies performed to treat noncancerous conditions are actually unnecessary. What’s more, the study suggests that alternative treatments, such as uterine fibroid embolisation, are underutilized.
In a recent article published in U.S. News & World Report, women’s health specialists said alternative treatments should always be considered first to alleviate the most common symptoms hysterectomies are too often used to remedy: heavy, irregular uterine bleeding; anemia; and pelvic pressure and pain.
The article addressed several symptoms and alternative treatments for each. For example, if a woman suffers from fibroids—which are a leading cause of hysterectomies—one alternative procedure is uterine artery embolization, a treatment that shrinks or eliminates the masses. During this minimally invasive procedure, small particles are injected into the uterine arteries to block blood flow feeding the fibroids. Unlike a hysterectomy, uterine artery embolization preserves a woman’s uterus.
To explore additional hysterectomy alternatives, read the entire article.