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Uterine Fibroid

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Uterine fibroids are the most common type of benign tumor in women.  While some women with fibroids may not have symptoms, others can have pain and bleeding associated with this condition.  Fibroids can have a significant impact on a woman’s life.

At Sound Vascular, we offer women a minimally-invasive, safe and effective way to treat uterine fibroids as an outpatient, using uterine fibroid embolization.

There are various treatment options for uterine fibroids.  Here at Sound Vascular, our Interventional Radiologists specialize in uterine fibroid embolization.  Advanced treatment through interventional radiology offers many women an alternative to surgery.  

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Uterine Fibroids

What it is:  
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow on or within the wall of the uterus.  Fibroids can vary in size and grow.  Some women can have multiple fibroids.  Some women may not have symptoms, others may depending on the size and location of the fibroid. Learn more here.

Symptoms:

  • Heavy, excessive menstrual bleeding which can lead to anemia
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Frequent urination or urinary incontinence
  • Bloating
  • Enlarged abdomen

Diagnosis:

Uterine fibroids are usually diagnosed with a pelvic ultrasound or with an MRI, a more sensitive imaging tool.

 

Interventional Radiology Treatment:

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) - UFE is an effective, minimally invasive outpatient procedure for the treatment of uterine fibroids.  The treatment, uterine artery embolization, is designed to cut off the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it to shrink. The procedure begins with a small incision in the groin.  Using imaging for guidance, the doctor then passes a catheter into the femoral artery, continuing into the uterine artery, close to the location of the fibroid.  The physician will then inject small particles, about as small as grains of sand, into the uterine artery that supplies the fibroid.  This blocks the blood flow to the fibroid, and will cause the fibroid to shrink and eventually die. 

A Treatment That Is Best For You

There are multiple treatment options for symptomatic uterine fibroids, including hysterectomy, myomectomy, endometrial ablation, myolysis, MRgFUS, or MRI guided forced ultrasound and uterine fibroid embolization.  It is estimated that 30 percent of all hysterectomies in the United States are performed to treat uterine fibroids.  Understandably, many women are hesitant or uncomfortable with the idea of a hysterectomy or surgery to treat uterine fibroids. 

While a hysterectomy may be the best option for some women, less invasive procedures, like uterine fibroid embolization, offer a safe, effective, outpatient treatment for fibroids that can spare the uterus.  

Take the time to discuss your treatment options for symptomatic uterine fibroids with your ob/gyn or family physician.  It is important that you understand the risks and benefits associated with each treatment option available. Whether your ob/gyn refers you to Sound Vascular, or you self-refer for treatment, our physicians will help you make the best treatment decision for your health.