What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids (also called uterine myoma) are non-cancerous growths that can develop in the muscle cells of the uterus. They can grow as single tumors or in clusters. Unlike malignant tumors, uterine fibroids do not spread to other parts of the body, and it is extremely rare for fibroids to turn cancerous.
Women frequently present with symptoms in their late 30s or early 40s, and they can be debilitating. Often, fibroids can put pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination as well as causing excessive bleeding, profound cramping, and pain. In extreme cases, they can cause the stomach to enlarge, making a woman look pregnant.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
The majority of fibroids cause no symptoms and quite often do not require medical care. But if symptoms do arise, they can affect your quality of life and long-term health. If you suspect you have uterine fibroids, it is critical that you schedule a consultation with an American Endovascular affiliated physician in order to diagnose the problem and discuss treatment options. Symptoms can include:
- Abnormal periods—often longer and heavier than usual, with possible clots
- Menstrual cramping—more severe than usual
- Bloody vaginal discharge—in between periods, with blood that’s more intense than spotting
- Lower abdominal pain or pressure—can also occur between the hip bones or back of legs
- Pain during sexual intercourse—can also be intense pressure
- Change in urination—either more or less frequently than usual
- Bloating and constipation—including an enlarged belly, or painful bowel movements
What are treatment options for uterine fibroids?
Great strides have recently been made in the care and treatment of uterine fibroids. But unfortunately, too many doctors still recommend a hysterectomy—surgery to remove the uterus. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 200,000 hysterectomies occur each year for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Fortunately, recent medical advances, more powerful imaging technology, and treatments such as Uterine Artery Embolization are making a huge difference in the lives of women with uterine fibroids.
The American Endovascular affiliated team of physicians is at the forefront of this breakthrough in uterine fibroid treatment. These physicians are among the nation’s most experienced at treating patients with uterine fibroids.
They offer Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a much less invasive, non-surgical procedure with fewer complications, quicker recovery times, and without a hospital stay.
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Choosing an American Endovascular Affiliated Physician for Uterine Fibroid Embolization
The American Endovascular affiliated physicians are among the nation’s most respected providers of Endovascular procedures such as Uterine Fibroid Embolization. You can rely on them for high-quality, compassionate care before, during, and after the procedure.
- Highly experienced Board-Certified Endovascular & Interventional Radiologists
- Joint Commission accredited
- State-of-the-art outpatient facilities
- Convenient scheduling
Stop living with the pain and discomfort of uterine fibroids. Schedule a consultation with American Endovascular today.
How Uterine Fibroid Embolization works
UFE is a procedure that deprives the fibroids of their blood supply. Without blood, the fibroids will wither and shrink. UFE is clinically proven to reduce the size and symptoms of fibroids.
Using direct image guidance, an American Endovascular affiliated Interventional Radiologist (IR) inserts a thin tube into the artery at the top of your thigh or your arm, and guides it to the uterine artery. The physicians inject tiny particles—the size of a grain of sand—in a controlled manner, directly into the small blood vessels that “feed” the fibroids. The particles block the blood flow, causing the fibroids to shrink.
Benefits of UFE vs. Hysterectomies
UFE has faster recovery time, fewer complications, and NO hospital stay, compared with hysterectomies.
- No hospital stay—UFE is performed in an outpatient center and requires no hospital stay, compared to an average of 2.3 days for hysterectomies
- Recovery time—UFE patients generally get back to work on an average of 10.7 days later, compared with 32.5 days for hysterectomies
- Complications—After 30 days, 12.7% of UFE patients reported complications, compared with 32% of hysterectomy patients
Can I still get pregnant after Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
Each person is different and needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There are many studies that show that pregnancy is possible after UFE.
To learn more about the UFE procedure, schedule a consultation with an American Endovascular affiliated physician today.