a fibroid doctor also known as an interventional radiologist diagnoses and treats uterine fibroids

What Is a Fibroid Doctor Called?

If you suffer from the effects of fibroids, you may be wondering what type of doctor can help. A fibroid doctor is called a fibroid specialist. Fibroid specialists are  interventional radiologists who receive additional training in the treatment of uterine fibroids. Interventional radiology is a sub-specialty of radiology, and it involves using real-time guidance from medical imaging like X-ray fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and MRI to perform minimally invasive procedures.

An interventional radiologist can target and treat a range of health conditions, including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • ADENOMYOSIS
  • Cancerous tumors
  • Blood clots
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Varicose veins

When fibroid symptoms begin to affect your career, relationships, or self-esteem, treatment is usually recommended. 

The good news is that most women do not require fibroid surgery in order to alleviate painful  or inconvenient symptoms. To explore your full range of treatment options, we recommend consulting one of our leading fibroid specialists.

In the United States, an estimated 26 million women between the ages of 15 and 50 have uterine fibroids. These non-cancerous growths commonly develop in or on the uterus. Although not usually considered dangerous, fibroids can cause a range of painful and inconvenient symptoms like heavy periods and severe cramps. Sometimes, they can damage surrounding organs and impact fertility so it is best to consult with an experience fibroid specialist that presents treatment options upon diagnosis.

Uterine Fibroid Doctor

When looking for a specialist to diagnose and treat uterine fibroids, consider the following types of doctors:

  1. Gynecologist (OB/GYN): A primary specialist for uterine fibroids. Gynecologists diagnose, manage, and treat fibroids, offering both medical and surgical options. They can perform surgeries like myomectomy or hysterectomy.
  2. Interventional Radiologist: These doctors specialize in minimally invasive treatments, such as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a procedure that shrinks fibroids by cutting off their blood supply.
  3. Reproductive Endocrinologist: For women dealing with infertility related to fibroids, reproductive endocrinologists offer specialized care to manage fibroids and improve fertility outcomes.
  4. Gynecologic Oncologist: Although their primary focus is on cancers of the female reproductive system, they may be involved in cases where there is a suspicion of malignancy in fibroid growths.

Finding a Specialist

  • Referrals: Start by asking your primary care doctor or gynecologist for a referral to a specialist.
  • Research: Look up specialists in your area through reputable medical websites or directories such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) or the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR).
  • Hospitals and Clinics: Many hospitals and women’s health clinics have dedicated fibroid treatment centers or can refer you to experienced specialists.
  • Reviews and Credentials: Check the doctor’s credentials, patient reviews, and ratings to ensure you choose a well-regarded specialist.

What Type of Doctor Performs Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Uterine Fibroid Embolization doctors are interventional radiologists who specialize in performing this minimally invasive,  state-of-the-art fibroid treatment. Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a non-surgical , outpatient treatment that can shrink your fibroids, alleviate symptoms, and quickly improve your quality of life. 

Interventional radiologists are among the best specialists for UFE. They are highly trained in image-guided procedures, which is essential for performing UFE. During UFE, a small catheter is inserted into the femoral artery in the groin and guided to the arteries that supply blood to the uterus. Once there, the interventional radiologist uses specialized tools to deliver tiny particles that block the blood supply to the fibroids. Without a doubt, the ability to perform image-guided procedures is crucial to the success of UFE, and interventional radiologists are experts in this area.

Another reason why interventional radiologists are great fibroid specialists for UFE is that they have extensive knowledge of the vascular system. Understanding the blood vessels and how they supply blood to the uterus is essential in performing UFE. Interventional radiologists are skilled at using imaging techniques, such as ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans, to accurately map out the blood vessels in the uterus and identify the arteries that supply blood to the fibroids.

In addition to their technical expertise, interventional radiologists are also highly skilled in managing complications that can arise during UFE. While UFE is generally considered safe and effective, like any medical procedure, there is always a risk of complications. Interventional radiologists are trained to quickly recognize and manage any potential complications, such as bleeding or infection, that may arise during or after the procedure. Lastly, these fibroid specialists have a patient-centered approach to care. They understand that each patient’s situation is unique, and they take the time to listen to their patients’ concerns and answer any questions they may have. They also work closely with other healthcare providers, such as gynecologists and primary care physicians, to ensure that their patients receive comprehensive care throughout the UFE process. Their expertise in image-guided procedures, knowledge of the vascular system, ability to manage complications, and patient-centered approach to care make them an ideal choice for women seeking treatment for uterine fibroids.

We understand that making the decision to receive fibroid treatment can be daunting. At USA Fibroid Centers, our fibroid specialists  are available to walk you through every step of the way. Rest assured that our doctors who perform Uterine Fibroid Embolization are highly skilled and experienced, along with being genuinely compassionate.

What Certifications Do Fibroid Specialists Need?

Fibroid specialists are board-certified in interventional radiology by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This means that they have earned a medical degree, completed a residency training program, received additional specialty training, and passed a rigorous certification exam. 

In addition to all of our doctors being certified IRs, USA Fibroid Centers is accredited by the AAAHC, or the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare, Inc. so patients can feel confident in the quality and safety of our service.

Request a Consultation With A USA Fibroid Centers Specialist

If you suffer from uterine fibroid symptoms, you may wish to explore non-surgical treatment options at USA Fibroid Centers. Although some women believe that a hysterectomy, the complete surgical removal of the uterus, is their only available fibroid treatment, this isn’t the case. 

Our leading fibroid specialists aim to educate women on all available treatments, including both surgical and non-surgical methods. 

Some of the many benefits of UFE over surgery include less risk, no hospital stay, and a shorter recovery period. After treatment, most women are back to daily activities within one to two weeks. For your convenience, we perform Uterine Fibroid Embolization treatment in dozens of locations nationwide.To discover whether you are a candidate for UFE, you can easily request a consultation online.

Our doctors look forward to helping you take back control of your life.

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