Embolization Effective for Fibroids
Most Patients Satisfied With Treatment
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The EMMY Findings continued...
During two years of follow-up, no significant differences in health-related
quality of life were reported among the two treatment groups. Nine out of 10
patients in both groups reported being at least moderately satisfied with the
treatment they received.
However, 24% of women who had undergone embolization did end up having
Georgetown University interventional radiologist James B. Spies, MD, tells
WebMD that the UAE failure rate was higher in the EMMY study than in many
In Spies' own UAE study involving 200 patients, the symptom-recurrence rate
was still 20% with the nonsurgical treatment five years after treatment.
Spies says UAE has proven to be as effective as any uterus-sparing
treatment, including myomectomy, for the long-term relief of symptoms related
"Women now have a choice, and they can weigh the factors that are most
important to them before making a decision about treatment," he says.
Another UAE researcher tells WebMD that myomectomy offers the best chance of
preserving fertility, while hysterectomy is the best choice for patients who
aren't concerned about fertility, recovery time, or surgical complications and
want to make sure their fibroids don't come back.
"Obviously, there is no re-treatment after hysterectomy because once the
uterus is gone, it's gone," Scott C. Goodwin, MD, of the University of
California, Irvine, tells WebMD. "But UAE has been proven very effective
for women who want a shorter recovery time with fewer treatment-related