Pain can be a persistent influence on our daily lives. From keeping us bed-ridden to preventing our ability to enjoy life’s little details, pain and pressure are simply the constant adversaries of our comfort.
And when fibroids are to blame for discomfort, who can blame women for seeking a comprehensive solution, even one that is more invasive than preferred?
Is Surgery Your Solution?
For women suffering from particularly severe fibroid-related symptoms, surgery may ultimately sound tempting. By cutting out the growths themselves, the internal pressure exerted by the tumors will be alleviated, thereby returning the patient to a state of comfort once her body recovers.
In such cases, women typically undergo one of two types of surgery:
- Myomectomy: A procedure wherein a woman’s fibroids are removed and her uterus is then stitched back together.
- Hysterectomy: A procedure during which the entire uterus is removed, either with or without the ovaries.
Be aware, however, that surgery does not necessarily guarantee the complete and total end to a woman’s fibroid-related woes.
“The fibroids won’t grow back after surgery, but you may develop new fibroids,” according to Healthline. “Up to 33 percent of women who have this surgery will need a repeat procedure within 5 years because they grow new fibroids.”
Reaching For Recovery
As with most surgeries, Yale Medicine specifies that most women who undergo surgical treatment/removal for their fibroids will be put under general anesthesia for the duration of the procedure.
Thus, the recovery period may begin with an observation period by the interventional radiologist and staff members who treated the patient throughout the surgery. Otherwise, the recovery period typically proceeds as expected.
“At discharge from the hospital, your doctor prescribes oral pain medication, tells you how to care for yourself, and discusses restrictions on your diet and activities,” Mayo Clinic explains. “You can expect some vaginal spotting or staining for a few days up to six weeks, depending on the type of procedure you’ve had.”
A woman’s recovery time from her fibroid surgery may be dependent upon:
- The type of surgery performed
- The size of her fibroid(s)
- The location/type of her fibroid(s)
- The number of fibroids present
- And more
Specifically, some women may take an average of one to two weeks to fully heal, whereas others may take closer to four to six weeks.
If you are concerned about the potential recovery time for your body, it may also serve you to explore non-surgical options for fibroid relief.
Alternatives Are Always Available with Duval Fibroid Center
Let’s face it: even under desperate circumstances, surgery never sounds like a particularly appealing option. Thankfully, here at Duval Fibroid Center, we offer uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)!
UFE is a minimally-invasive and clinically-proven method for restoring a woman’s comfort without having to go under the knife.
What’s more, UFE…
- Requires no general anesthesia
- Is FDA-approved
- Has a high clinical success rate
- Has a high patient satisfaction rate
- And more
So, are you ready to learn more about the options available to you in terms of finding lasting fibroid relief? Then reach out to Duval Fibroid Center!
Our team is specially equipped to treat you in our state-of-the-art outpatient clinic, which is equipped with hospital-grade technology and resources. You can trust that, in our hands, your health and comfort are our priority.
Learn more today by calling 904-423-6017!