Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization effective?
November 5, 2009 11:55 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for advice, insight, and experiences with uterine fibroid embolization. I'm meeting with a doctor next week, and want to make sure I'm asking all the right questions. Let me tell you about my lady parts!
After being misdiagnosed by my GP for about 4 months, I've finally confirmed that I have very large uterine fibroid tumors. The largest is 6 inches in diameter, and is pressing on my ureters and bladder causing enlarged kidneys (and making pee about every one to two hours). I've also been having other fun menstrual irregularities for the last year (bleeding for 6 weeks at a time, massive clots, bloating, but amazingly, very little cramping).
I've now met with Ob/Gyn who is recommending uterine fibroid embolization over hysterectomy. This is based on my age (36), lack of children (although I am 98% certain I don't want them), and the risks posed by hysterectomy because of the size of my tumor and uterus, and my weight (I'm fat). Her reasoning is that this will give me fairly immediate relief from my most bothersome symptoms, give me a couple more years to be certain about the children thing, and that should I need/want to have a hysterectomy in the future, it will be a much simpler surgery that she could do laproscopically once the size of my fibroids is reduced.
I know that this isn't a cure for fibroids, and that it does carry some risks of reduced fertility. But I am swayed by a less invasive procedure with a much shorter recovery time. Has anyone had uterine fibroid embolization done? Were the outcomes what you expected? How easy was the procedure and recovery?