New method for treating fibroids

January 21, 2008 2:36:55 PM PST
Treating symptomatic fibroids with an alternative method can be just as effective as a traditional hysterectomy.

A new study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found uterine artery embolization does provide long lasting improvements in symptoms and quality of life.

Fibroids, which are benign tumors inside the uterus, can lead to pain, abnormal bleeding and other symptoms. They have typically been treated with hysterectomy.

Uterine artery embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that requires an incision of less than one inch. A small tube is inserted and tiny particles are injected to block the arteries that supply blood to the fibroids causing them to shrink.