August 7, 2007 - A national survey reveals that due to a lack of information about symptoms, risk and treatment options, many women suffering with uterine fibroids remain untreated for up to a year or longer.
The study was conducted by Caravan Research Corp. and sponsored by BioSphere Medical Inc.
"The problem here is twofold: many women unknowingly accept symptoms of uterine fibroids as an unfortunate fact of life. And, once they are diagnosed, women can be afraid to seek treatment fearing they'll need a hysterectomy," said Dr. Joe Bonn, Director of Interventional Radiology at Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PN. "The fact is medicine has come a long way since hysterectomy needed to be the standard of care. Today, nonsurgical procedures exist that can dramatically improve a woman's quality of life."
Uterine fibroid embolization can be an effective minimally invasive procedure with shorter recovery times than surgical options. The procedure is performed under conscious sedation and most patients return home the same day. Recovery time is approximately 7-14 days, as compared to 4-6 weeks for a hysterectomy, BioSphere says.