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Uterine Fibroid Treatments Can Significantly Improve the Quality of Life

A study published in the Radiology states that women who had received one out of three treatments for the uterine fibroids at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston reported diminished symptoms and improved quality of life. One in five women suffer from uterine fibroids during the childbearing years. Some women experience heavy bleeding, excessive pain and infertility. The treatments available are hysterectomy, uterine artery embolization and MR-guided focused ultrasound.

197 women were surveyed for the study. 62 had undergone hysterectomy, 74 had uterine artery embolization and 61 underwent MR-guided focused ultrasound. Women who had undergone hysterectomy said that they would avoid the procedure for about 21 weeks. The patients who underwent the other two treatments would wait for 14 weeks.The quality of life for all the women significantly improved following the fibroid treatment options. Patients rated uterine artery embolization and MR-guided focused ultrasound more favorable than the hysterectomy.

The study will be helpful in discussing the available treatment options for patients with uterine fibroids. The pros and cons of all the treatments should be outlined. It will help the physicians and patients to decide on most suitable option for the individual.

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