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Hysterectomy Alternatives

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More than half a million women in the U.S. undergo hysterectomies in a year. Studies have shown that up to 40% of hysterectomies may be performed unnecessarily. At Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists, you have alternatives available, and our physicians are prepared to advise you of all possible options. We believe a hysterectomy is a last resort, and we can perform alternative hysterectomy procedures in our office.

Hysterectomy Alternatives

Minimally-Invasive Treatments

In addition to drug or hormone replacement therapies, there are many types of minimally-invasive alternatives to a total hysterectomy:

  • Myomectomy – outpatient procedure where fibroids are removed, leaving most of the uterus untouched. This controls symptoms in about 80% of women.
  • Endometrial ablation – one-time procedure to remove excess uterine lining. 
  • Uterine embolization – blood supply to a tumor is purposely blocked.

Drug Therapies

Hormonal and drug therapies are viable options for some women, including:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • NSAIDs and other anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Progestins and various hormone combinations
  • IUD placement

If your doctor has recommended a hysterectomy for any reason, we strongly suggest that you seek a second opinion. Ask questions and decide for yourself based on other available options and how the problems are affecting your lifestyle.

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