Fibroid doctors spring into action

My fibroid team (“dashing young” Gynecologist + “debonair” Interventional Radiologist) met to discuss the surgery I would need before the Uterine Fibroid Embolization.

Now, I had a treatment plan:

  1. Iron Pills to treat my iron deficiency anemia before surgery
  2. Lupron Shots for 3 months to also treat the anemia
  3. Hysteroscopic Myomectomy to “shave down” two problematic fibroids
  4. UFE for the other fibroids

The plan started back in February. Now, we are in July and I have completed Phases 1-3. Phase 4 is right around the corner. It is working!

Before I post about each individual stage, I’ll blog a bit about medical treatments in general.


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4 Responses to “Fibroid doctors spring into action”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Good luck on your past and up-n-coming procedure. I’m going under the gown for the UAE this Wednesday. Anxious and worried, but glad to finally have something done about it. I researched info on passing a fibroid too and it seems a very small percentage of patients have that occur. On other sites though, I have read more instances of post embolization syndrome- fever, fatigue, increasing pelvic pain and vaginal discharge (probably foul smelling). So just an FYI, especially with your myomectomy being so close.

    Good Luck!

  2. EclecticGeek Says:

    Thank you so much for your visit and your well wishes. You are right. The chance of passing a fibroid is small (2-3% according to one site). I had a couple of fibroids in positions that increased this risk for me. I have also heard of post-embolization syndrome. Will look more into it as my day approaches. Thanks for the heads up.

    I’m so glad you sought treatment. Good luck with your UAE! You will be in my thoughts. Take care.

    [Edited to add: I created a post for women to discuss post-UAE recovery experiences.]

  3. Ellen Says:

    Isn’t anyone but me considering the ExAblate procedure? Has anyone here had it already? Embolization and the myomectomy don’t sound like much fun. Maybe it is too good to be true, but to me it sounds like 3 sedated hours in an MRI having the fibroid blasted away with ultrasound is much easier in terms of the actual procedure and the consequences. But if no one is having it, maybe there’s drawbacks that they haven’t told me about yet.

  4. EclecticGeek Says:

    Certain uterine fibroid treatment options aren’t offered everywhere. I plan on presenting information about every option I can dig up but, unfortunately, the choices a woman has also will depend on where she lives.

    Here’s my post where aiyin left a comment about MRgFUS and a link in case anyone is interested:
    New clinical trial looks to optimize uterine fibroid embolization

    I’ll also leave this link to an FDA Talk Paper about ExAblate. It’s a very short write-up that discusses the technology, its limitations, and the results of a clinical study:
    FDA Approves New Device to Treat Uterine Fibroids

    Last link. This is the company that makes the ExAblate system:
    ExAblate 2000: Non-invasive surgery using MR guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS)

    Thanks for visiting and leaving comments. Take care and good luck with your treatment!

    [Edited to add: I created a post where women with ExAblate (MRgFUS) experiences are commenting.]

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