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Uterine Conditions and Treatment
Common uterine conditions include:
Treatment options for uterine conditions are as varied as the conditions themselves, depending on individual circumstances. Your age, health history, surgical history and diagnosis (benign or cancerous), all factor into the recommended course of action.
Cervical and Endometrial cancer treatment options include hormone therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hysterectomy.
Endometriosis can be treated with medications such as lupron for endometriosis that lowers hormone levels and decreases endometrial growths. A treatment called NovaSure is also available at MultiCare to treat endometriosis. NovaSure is a procedure in which endometrium (lining of the uterus) is removed to reduce or eliminate future bleeding.
Menorrhagia can often be treated with non-surgical treatments like hormone therapy or minimally invasive ablative therapies may offer relief.
Uterine fibroids can be treated with a non-surgical procedure called uterine fibroid embolization. In this procedure, a radiologist blocks the blood flow to the fibroid causing it to shrink. A uterine-preserving myomectomy – a surgical alternative to hysterectomy -- is ideal for those who may want to get pregnant in the future. Hysterectomy is an option when other treatments are not effective or available. With advances in robotic assisted hysterectomies at MultiCare, the less invasive procedures reduce pain and recovery time for patients.
John Lenihan, MD, explains robotic myomectomies and the advantages for choosing this procedure over traditional surgery.