In this interview, Dr. Kevin Herman discusses the benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization. UFE is a procedure that deprives the fibroids of their blood supply. Without blood, the fibroids will stop bleeding and shrink. It is clinically proven to reduce the size and symptoms of fibroids.
Who is Most at Risk for Developing Uterine Fibroids?
Essentially, uterine fibroids are a very common and benign tumor of the uterus. Some of the risk factors include age, obesity, ethnicity, and possibly diet.
What are the Most Common Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?
The main symptom of uterine fibroids is really “nothing,” because many women have uterine fibroids. This is such a benign condition where some people don’t even know that they have fibroids. Once the fibroids can become symptomatic, some of the problems may be heavy bleeding during the menstrual cycle, the pain of the pelvis, and increased urinary frequency.
Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization Better than Hysterectomy?
Uterine fibroid embolization is typically performed on an outpatient basis. It is minimally invasive and is uterine sparing, unlike a hysterectomy which removes the uterus and requires surgery. For most women, the general symptoms are heavy bleeding and pelvic pain. Uterine fibroid embolization is an excellent treatment option for those patients suffering specifically from heavy bleeding and pelvic pain due to uterine fibroids.
Can You Still Become Pregnant After Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
One of the most common questions I get from our patients here at American Endovascular is, “If I undergo this procedure, can I become pregnant after?” The answer to that is yes. Although the UFE procedure is not necessarily a fertility type procedure, after undergoing the uterine fibroid embolization procedure, of course being involved, the opportunity to become pregnant is certainly preserved.
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If you think you may have uterine fibroids or, request a consultation with Dr. Kevin Herman at NJ Endovascular & Amputation Prevention today.