Fibroids are the most common type of tumors of the female reproductive system. A uterine fibroid (medically known as myoma or leiomyoma) is a non-cancerous growth of smooth muscle and connective tissue. According to the University of Maryland, Medical Center, fibroids can range in size from as small as a pinhead to larger than a melon. Fibroids have been reported weighing more than 20lbs. According to National Uterine Fibroids Foundation African-American women are 2-3 times more likely to develop fibroids, women of child bearing years and obese women are at a higher risk for symptomatic fibroids. Fibroids are an important public health concern, both because of the large number of women affected by them and the large number of hysterectomies undertaken to treat the symptoms. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) uterine fibroids lead to more than 200,000 hysterectomies (hysterectomy; surgical removal of the uterus) every year. Many women suffering from fibroid symptoms such as heavy and prolonged menstruation that continues for more than a week, frequent urination, pelvic pain and pressure, pain during sexual intercourse and fatigue caused by heavy blood flow leading to anemia are told that hysterectomy(surgical removal of uterus) is their only treatment option for the permanent removal of fibroids. Other available treatment options are Myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroids) and medications. At USA Fibroid Centers our interventional radiologists are specialized in the minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment of fibroids and have helped hundreds of women live a free of fibroid pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. We offer the most effective yet non-surgical treatment for fibroids- Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) where a tiny catheter is used to shrink the size of the fibroids. The procedure takes 45-60 minutes and the patient can go home after a short recovery. After the treatment the fibroid is reduced and the symptoms gradually disappear. After a UFE procedure most women experience an improved quality of life with no fibroid pain and their menstrual flow becomes lighter.
If you are suffering from painful symptoms of fibroids know your treatment options. Call (855) 667 4247 to schedule a consultation with our interventional radiologists. All treatments at USA Fibroid Centers are covered by most insurance plans.