Medical Q&As

Fibroids

Can fibroids be reduced in size by the use of injections or acupuncture? Particularly in someone who can't have a general anaesthetic.

There are special hormone injections now available that can reduce the size of fibroids. This treatment can eliminate the need for surgery but is not suitable for every patient. Specialist assessment is required before undergoing this treatment. However if the treatment did not have any appreciable effects on the fibroids it would still be possible to have the fibroid removed through a procedure known as myomectomy or alternatively a hysterectomy can be performed. These procedures can be performed under spinal anaesthesia thus eliminating the need for a general anaesthetic.