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Study: Embolization Beats Surgery for Fibroids

Friday, 07 April 2006 12:00 AM

Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is safer, more effective and requires less hospital time than standard fibroid sugery, according to a new Canadian study.

The minimally-invasive treatment involves blocking the blood supply to fibroids, which causes them to shrink and die.

Dr. Sanjoy Kundu and his colleagues at the Scarborough General Hospital in Toronto reviewed the outcomes of 378 women who were treated for symptomatic fibroids over a two-year period. The treatments included UAE for 65 patients, surgical removal of fibroids in 47, and various types of hysterectomy for 266 women.

"We had a 100 percent technical success rate with UAE," Kundu reports. The procedure was associated with 90 percent and 85 percent success rates for relieving heavy bleeding and pelvic pain, respectively. No major complications or infections occurred with UAE.

By contrast, twenty major complications occurred in the surgery group, mostly with hysterectomy. These complications ranged in severity from anemia requiring blood transfusion in eight cases to the death of one patient.

Also, the average length of hospital stay in the UAE group was shorter than in the surgical group: 1.2 vs. 3.5 days.

Dr. Kundu estimated that 90 percent to 95 percent of patients with symptomatic fibroids are probably candidates for UAE.

He presented the findings at a meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology in Toronto.

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