US study suggests fibroid embolization “vastly underutilised” compared with hysterectomy

A large US nationwide study shows that the uterine fibroid embolization is vastly underutilised, compared to hysterectomy—especially in rural and smaller hospitals.

In fact, there were more than 65 times as many hysterectomies performed than embolizations, despite data showing that the minimally invasive procedure results in substantially lower costs and shorter hospital stays than the surgical option, the study reveals.

The research was presented today at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2017 annual scientific meeting (4–9 March, Washington, DC, USA).