ARMC's medical staff is dedicated to determining the proper course
of treatment for each patient. Our gynecology specialists, radiologists,
and surgeons work together to achieve this goal while at the same time,
providing out patients the quality care in a comfortable environment.
Available treatment options for gynecological cancer include: surgery,
chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. To learn more about the treatment
options, please consult your physician. Since each patient is unique in
her health needs, your physician will take this into consideration in
determining the best course of treatment for you.
Hysterectomy & Alternative Options
While a hysterectomy can be a life-saving surgery for women with certain
types of cancer or uterine hemorrhage, there are many alternatives for
treating benign uterine conditions.
New Technologies, More Options
The advantages of less invasive procedures may include:
- Fertility preservation (embolization)
- Lower risk
- quicker recovery
- reduced expense
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
Clinically proven to be successful in reducing the major symptoms of uterine
fibroids including pain, excessive and prolonged bleeding and frequent
urination, UFE is an exciting alternative to hysterectomy.
UFE is performed by an interventional radiologist -- a physician who uses
X-rays and other imaging techniques to diagnose and treat conditions without
surgery. Minimally invasive, UFE only requires a small nick to the skin,
through which a catheter is threaded into the blood vessels that supply
the fibroid(s). Tiny particles released into the blood vessel, which cut
off the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it to shrink. This procedure
takes less than one hour, and most patients are back to work within a
week to 10 days.
Clinical studies reveal that up to 96% of women treated with UFE reported
being satisfied with the procedure. Following UFE, fibroids shrink to
an average of 48-78%. Most women experience a significant reduction in
pelvic pain, menstrual bleeding, and frequency of urination after this
The potential benefits of UFE:
- Decreased pelvic pain and pressure
- Decreased menstrual bleeding from symptomatic fibroids
- Improved urinary function
- Preservation of the uterus
- Return to work and/or activities sooner
- Shorter healing time (compared to hysterectomy)
- Shorter hospital stay (compared to hysterectomy)
- Significant improvement in patient's physical and emotional well-being
Between the ages of 45 and 55, many women go through changes in their menstrual
cycle. It is very important that women exercise and follow a healthy diet
during menopause and beyond. Our gynecologists can further assist women
going through menopause through the use of hormone therapies, aimed at
relieving the symptoms.