It is a very useful alternative to surgery because women have less pain and recovery is faster. The risks of serious complications are lower and the success rate in treating complaints is over 90%, close to the rate of surgery.
Besides, no incisions or cuts are made, there is no need for a scalpel, and we don’t have to “open” the abdomen to remove the uterus. There is no need for general anesthesia and there is no blood loss with this treatment.
Above all, with embolization women can preserve the uterus, being spared of more invasive treatments that can lead to more and worst complications.
This way, the embolization must be seriously considered for women who want to preserve their uterus or get pregnant, and which the only possible surgery is removing all the uterus (hysterectomy).
Despite all the advantages of uterine embolization regarding surgery, less than 7% of women with fibroids have access to it.
This is due to the fact of overall little information and dissemination of this technique and because, even inside the medical community, many women have no access to an interventional radiology appointment to evaluate the chances to be submitted to embolization rather than surgery.