Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow within the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus. In medical terms, they are called leiomyomas or myomas. The size and quantity of uterine fibroids vary. Tumors range from a single microscopic seedling to multiple growths up to eight inches or more. Large fibroids can even cause the uterus to expand to a size typical for a six- or seven-month pregnancy.

Symptoms

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Pain or pressure in the abdomen
  • Lower back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic fullness
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful intercourse
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Secondary side effects include:

  • Overall feeling of exhaustion and fatigue.
  • Concern or frustration over soiling clothing, bed linens, etc.
  • Interference with your daily routine and/or social life.
  • Decrease in physical activity.
  • Anxiety over traveling and/or leaving the house.
  • Frustration with the unpredictability of the length or onset of your period.

Treatment
Options/Benefits

Fortunately, treatments for Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) have progressed and now provide a quick recovery from a minimally invasive procedure.

Treatment Options

  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, highly effective procedure for the treatment of uterine fibroids (leiomyoma). It is performed through a tiny incision in the skin, usually less than a quarter inch at the groin or the wrist, compared to the 5 to 7 inch incision of a traditional hysterectomy. The Interventional Radiologist guides a tiny catheter into the uterine arteries and releases tiny particles to block the blood flow into the uterine fibroids. Once the blood supply is cut off, the fibroids are starved of oxygen and nutrients, causing them to shrink.

Benefits

  • UFE is a minimally invasive way to treat uterine fibroids
  • Patients have experienced complete relief of symptoms
  • Recovery time is shorter than the surgical options
  • Risk of complications is reduced
  • UFE saves the uterus from being removed

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