Alternatives to Hysterectomy: Management of Uterine Fibroids

Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso

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Uterine fibroids are a common condition that can be debilitating and are the leading benign cause of hysterectomy. Women often live with the symptoms rather than choose hysterectomy, but survey studies have shown that work, social life, and physical activities are hindered by fibroid symptoms. Offering alternative therapies tailored to a woman's symptoms will allow her to choose a treatment that fits her needs and to preserve her uterus and fertility. The minimally invasive treatment options have a faster recovery and lower surgical risk than hysterectomy, but may require reintervention. One pharmacologic treatment offers short-term, intermittent therapy with lasting effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-413
Number of pages17
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Fibroids
  • Focused ultrasound ablation
  • Myomectomy
  • Ulipristal acetate
  • Uterine artery embolization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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