Fibroids are benign masses that grow within uterus and cause many annoying symptoms. Some of the most common would be heavier, prolonged periods, spotting, bleeding between periods, pain in the abdomen or low back, pain during sexual intercourse, frequent urination, etc….things that would make every woman worry sick.

Removing large fibroids was traditionally performed in a procedure called hysterectomy, in which a whole uterus would be removed as well as the woman’s ability to be a mother (again). This is one of the reasons why many women avoided treatments and let their fibroids develop.

Researchers from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia presented a case of a 35 years old woman with large numerous fibroids that grew so big that the size of a uterus was comparable to a full-term pregnancy.

Since many women wanted to preserve their fertilities, physicians developed a plan to perform two procedures a month apart.
The first procedure was uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) that blocks the arteries that supply blood to the fibroid tumors to shrink them. After this initial surgery, the 38 week size uterus was reduced to a 34 week size. A month after, the physicians performed abdominal myomectomy and removed the fibroids through an abdominal skin incision. The surgery went well without any complications.

Physicians recommend this combination of procedures for all women wishing to preserve their fertility. More and more women are choosing this approach even if future fertility may not be on their minds.