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The Cost of Uterine Fibroid Embolization

September 27th, 2009

Health care costs continue to be a concern for many women across the United States and it is a hot topic of discussion in our homes and on Capitol Hill. Let’s face it. If you don’t have insurance, getting the care you need can be tough, especially if a treatment is for a problem that is not life-threatening (like fibroids). Symptomatic fibroids have traditionally been treated with a hysterectomy or myomectomy, both invasive, surgical procedures with long recovery times. A normal hysterectomy or myomectomy, with no complications, can cost up to $42,619 according to a recent article published in the American Journal of Gynecologists (AJOG). It is a huge cost that 40% of women in the US must face when being diagnosed with fibroids and a cost that can have a serious affect on US health care costs and insurance rates.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a cost effective alternative to hysterectomy and myomectomy. When comparing hysterectomy, myomectomy and UFE, the AJOG article found that UFE cost 12% less than a hysterectomy and 8% less than a myomectomy. Both direct medical costs and hidden costs such as time off work were taken into consideration. Recovery time for UFE is only 5 days compared to 6 weeks for a hysterectomy. That means getting back to work and your family much faster!

When seeking treatments for fibroids, women should certainly focus on finding the right treatment from a trusted, qualified health care professional. But having the option to seek out a successful, durable treatment alternative like UFE without breaking the bank is making women, doctors, politicians and even Hollywood take notice. Oh, and you still get to keep your uterus too.

- Click here to read the entire AJOG article


12 Responses to “The Cost of Uterine Fibroid Embolization”

  1. im in nigerin is it possible for me to come over for sugery

  2. beth says:

    Hello Vivian,

    We will be more than happy to discuss your condition with you and help you plan your trip to receive treatment!

    Being that you reside outside of the United States, I suggest that you call our Fibroid Treatment Collective toll-free hotline at 1-866-362-6463 so that you can first schedule a phone consultation with Dr. Bruce McLucas. During this consultation, the doctor will be able to assess your individual health situation and discuss your options with you. If you decide to go forward with the procedure, we will work with your schedule to plan your trip to receive treatment.

    Thank you and please do not hesitate to call or email us regarding any additional questions you might have.

  3. [...] to hysterectomy and myomectomy. When comparing hysterectomy, myomectomy and UFE, an article in the American Journal of Gynecology found that UFE cost 12% less than a hysterectomy and 8% less than a myomectomy. The numbers may [...]

  4. Paul Anthony says:

    “A normal hysterectomy or myomectomy, with no complications, can cost up to $42,619 according to a recent article published in the American Journal of Gynecologists (AJOG). It is a huge cost that 40% of women in the US must face when being diagnosed with fibroids and a cost that can have a serious affect on US health care costs and insurance rates.”
    12% less of let say $43000. is just under $38000. not a very bright prospect for those without insurance

  5. Miriam nunez says:

    I have uterine fibroids. I would like to know if medicaid covers for this surgery.

  6. FTC says:

    Hello Miriam. Here in California UFE is covered, but you should check the guidelines of the Medicaid services for your state.

  7. lisa says:

    Are other alternatives too late for me?
    My fibriods are non cancerous and 22″22″22, subserosa.
    If not what are my options? I am 50 yrs old.

  8. FTC says:

    Hello Lisa. It’s difficult to give you specific advice on a treatment option until we’ve learned more about your condition. We would be happy to help. Feel free to contact the office at 1-866-362-6463 to schedule a free consultation with the doctor.

  9. Renee says:

    So if one cannot afford this surgery what is the best line of treatment to keep the fibroids from growing? A friend of mine has become a vegan to eliminate foods that can carry high doses of estrogen.

  10. FTC says:

    Hello Renee. Fibroids are affected by estrogen levels and grow when there is an abundance of this hormone. Diet alone cannot fully address this factor. With fibroids, certain foods and vitamins or a low fat, high fiber diet may slow fibroid growth, but may not alleviate fibroid symptoms. For example, studies have shown that compounds from green tea inhibit the growth of fibroid cells (source: NIH). Fibroid Embolization is often covered by insurance. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 310-208-2442. We would be happy to schedule a free consultation with Dr. McLucas.

  11. SONIA says:

    Hello, can you tell me for this Uterine Fibroid Embolization prodecure, is their any effect for futher preganancy ? which is the best way of fibroid ,if I think for future child also ? Thanks,

  12. beth says:

    Hello,

    Although fibroids can prevent pregnancy in certain patients, the majority of women with fibroids will never even know that they have them. Most often, fibroids are incidental findings when a woman has an ultrasound test for another reason or during a gynecological examination. In some patients, however, fibroids may cause miscarriages or other obstetric complications, depending upon the fibroid’s size and location. Occasionally, doctors will recommend removing a fibroid during pregnancy (myomectomy); however, this is often only the case when there is reason to think that the existing fibroid can pose as a danger to the fetus.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks,
    FTC

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