A new study suggests that a minimally invasive, image-guided treatment for uterine fibroids is used a lot less than other surgical treatments.
Hysterectomies were performed 65 times more than the minimally invasive uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), which has even been proven to cost less and result in a shorter hospital stay.
“These findings suggest there is a lack of awareness about this safe, effective and less invasive therapy for uterine fibroids,” Dr. Prasoon Mohan, the study’s lead author, said in a press release. “Interventional radiologists urge healthcare professionals to present patients with all available treatment options so that the patient can make an informed decision. Patients need to know about the major differences between surgical treatments and UFE, especially that this is a non-surgical treatment that preserves the uterus and has a much faster recovery time compared to a hysterectomy.”