ANCHOR LEAD: MANY OPTIONS EXIST FOR TREATING UTERINE FIBROIDS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Cutting off the blood supply to benign tumors in the uterus known as fibroids or hysterectomy are effective treatments, but other options also exist. John Griffith, an expert in fibroid treatment at Johns Hopkins, outlines some of the other possibilities.
GRIFFITH: I think every gynecologist knows how to do a hysterectomy, particularly an abdominal hysterectomy and there are actually other ways of decreasing bleeding, outpatient procedures, that involve removing the fibroids transvaginally, that wasn’t part of what this article was about. There are other procedures such as endometrial ablation where the lining of the uterus is destroyed and basically someone needs to be given all of these choices and then factor through where they are in life in terms of their childbearing.
Griffiths says the best strategy for most women, especially those who’d still like to have children, is to seek an expert at an academic medical center where all treatment options are performed and compare them. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.