( ENSPIRE Health & Wellness ) Revolutionizing Fibroid Treatment and Advocating for Equity
ENSPIRE Contributor: Mayleen Marrero
Are you ready for a groundbreaking revelation in the realm of women’s health? Today, we’re delving into the game-changing world of Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) and its potential to revolutionize fibroid treatment. This innovative approach holds particular significance for women, especially those of color, who often bear the burden of this condition.
Dr. Lipman, an exceptional Interventional Radiologist with a 25-year mission, has been a passionate advocate for UFE as a safe, less invasive alternative to surgery for uterine fibroids. Imagine this scenario: women grappling with fibroids are frequently presented with surgery as their primary treatment option. However, the existence of UFE offers them an alternative path, one that sidesteps the risks and lengthy recovery associated with surgery while preserving their precious uterus.
Dr. Lipman performs UFE procedures at the renowned Atlanta Fibroid Center, a hub of excellence in women’s healthcare. This center, boasting a record number of UFE procedures in the Southeast, has become a true Fibroid Center of Excellence. Patients from across the nation, and even beyond, flock here to receive expert care.
But that’s not all; being at the forefront of UFE means access to groundbreaking research. The Atlanta Fibroid Center has spearheaded two groundbreaking fibroid research initiatives this year: the James B. Spies Global Research Summit on Uterine Fibroids and the Dr. Scott Goodwin Fibroid & Adenomyosis Research Grant. These initiatives are pushing the boundaries of fibroid treatment and research.
Now, what’s the buzz? Women are talking, and the feedback is nothing short of astonishing. UFE is transforming lives, and the Atlanta Fibroid Center plays a pivotal role in this transformative journey.
Here’s the incredible part: many women who undergo UFE successfully become mothers, experiencing full-term vaginal deliveries, while surgical myomectomy often necessitates c-sections.
Let’s debunk some myths about fibroids and their treatment. Dr. Lipman has the facts to set the record straight:
Myth 1: Heavy periods are just part of life. Reality Check: Heavy periods are a significant health issue that demands attention. Seek a second opinion and advocate for your health if you’re experiencing this.
Myth 2: Hysterectomy is the only option. Reality Check: Nope! UFE, a safe and effective outpatient procedure, exists. Many women suffering from fibroids never hear about this option and continue to suffer needlessly.
Myth 3: The uterus is only for childbearing. Reality Check: Wrong again! The uterus plays a crucial role in psychological, sexual, bone, and cardiovascular health. Hysterectomy, often recommended, can have unintended consequences.
Myth 4: UFE and fertility don’t mix. Reality Check: Untrue! Countless births have occurred after UFE, and it offers advantages over myomectomy, including less invasiveness and fewer recurrences.
Myth 5: UFE leads to eventual hysterectomy. Reality Check: For most patients, UFE is a one-time solution. Women who undergo UFE in their forties often won’t experience fibroid regrowth before menopause.
Dr. Lipman’s vision for the future of fibroid treatments is crystal clear: research funding is the linchpin. Despite affecting millions of women, fibroids receive significantly less research funding compared to other conditions. This inequity must change for the benefit of all women.
In a world where women’s health rightfully takes center stage, Uterine Fibroid Embolization emerges as a beacon of hope. It’s high time more women are made aware of their treatment options, dispel myths, and embrace this life-changing procedure. The future of fibroid treatments is radiant, and it all begins with spreading awareness and demanding equity in research funding.
So, ladies (and gentlemen, be allies!), let’s champion women’s health and ensure that UFE shines as the star in the constellation of fibroid treatment options. Together, we can transform countless lives and pave the way for a healthier, happier future.