SIR: Embolization for Fibroids Underused in the United States

Share this content:
SIR: Embolization for Fibroids Underused in the United States
SIR: Embolization for Fibroids Underused in the United States

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Embolization for uterine fibroids may be underused in U.S. hospitals, compared with surgery, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology, held from March April 4 to 9 in Washington, D.C.

Prasoon Mohan, M.D., an assistant professor of interventional radiology at the University of Miami, and colleagues evaluated data from a national database on U.S. hospital stays.

Between 2007 and 2013, the annual number of women undergoing a hysterectomy for fibroids dropped by more than half: from 168,315 to 78,195. Still, the surgery remained far more common than embolization. For the years 2012 and 2013, there were 2,470 embolization procedures for fibroids, and 167,650 hysterectomies, the researchers found. When embolization was done, it was usually at a large medical center (67.4 percent). Overall, only 0.4 percent of all embolization procedures were done at rural hospitals, while 7.9 percent were performed in small hospital systems. On average, the investigators found, total hospital charges for embolization were $21,583, versus $33,104 for hysterectomy.

"These findings suggest there is a lack of awareness about this safe, effective, and less invasive therapy for uterine fibroids," Mohan said in a news release from the Society of Interventional Radiology. "Interventional radiologists urge health care professionals to present patients with all available treatment options so that the patient can make an informed decision. Patients need to know about the major differences between surgical treatments and uterine fibroid embolization, especially that this is a non-surgical treatment that preserves the uterus and has a much faster recovery time compared to hysterectomy."

Press Release
More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Amount of Opioids Prescribed After Hospital Discharge Varies

Amount of Opioids Prescribed After Hospital Discharge Varies

45.6 percent of patients using no opioids 24 hours predischarge were prescribed opioids at discharge

Observation Care Cost Saving in Commercially-Insured Patients

Observation Care Cost Saving in Commercially-Insured Patients

Total, out-of-pocket spending considerably lower for observation care; both increased from '09 to '13

Disrupted Sleep Linked to Increased Amyloid- Production

Disrupted Sleep Linked to Increased Amyloid-β Production

Sleep deprivation tied to increased overnight amyloid-β-38, -40, -42 levels by 25 to 30 percent

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »