Uterine fibroids are an overgrowth of muscular and fibrous tissues, typically developing in the walls of the uterus. They are the most common tumor of the female reproductive tract. Though they are benign, they cause significant harm to nearby organs, as well as anemia due to heavy menstruation. Thankfully, there are numerous fibroid treatment options that can help you get your life back.
Uterus Fibroids and Treatment
If you’re searching for treatment of fibroid tumors, you can opt for surgery or a non-invasive option. The two main uterine fibroid surgeries are hysterectomy and myomectomy. With a hysterectomy, a surgeon will remove your fibroids by removing your entire uterus. During a myomectomy, only the fibroids are removed. Both surgeries have a longer recovery time, and you could experience some scarring.
Around 60-70 percent of women who choose surgery as a fibroid treatment option do not actually need the surgery. USA Fibroid Centers offers an alternative option called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) that’s easier and less invasive than normal surgery while being just as effective. With a recovery time of one to two weeks and no scarring, UFE is a great alternative to surgery for treatment of fibroid tumors.
If you’re experiencing any worrying symptoms, consider using our online symptom checker and making an appointment with a doctor to receive a formal diagnosis.
Best Treatment for Uterine Fibroids
UFE is the gold standard in treatment for fibroids. The latest in non-surgical, minimally invasive fibroid treatments, UFE is performed as an outpatient procedure, which means there’s no hospital stay, and you can recover at home. Our medical team first makes sure you are comfortable, and then our interventional radiologists give you a light sedative to help you relax. Using ultrasound as a guide throughout the procedure, our doctors are able to treat all the fibroids at once in approximately 30-45 minutes. Patients make a full recovery in one to two weeks.
The procedure starts with an interventional radiologist giving you a light sedative. Then, they’ll make a small incision in your upper thigh and insert a thin catheter. After guiding the catheter to your uterine artery, the interventional radiologist will inject small particles into the artery. These particles will block the flow of blood from the artery to your fibroids. Soon, the fibroids will shrink, and your symptoms will go away entirely.
How Well Does UFE work?
Uterine fibroid embolization reduces the size of the fibroids by about 50 percent. Eighty percent of women who received the UFE treatment report great improvement in their symptoms. So far, about 3,000 women across the country have had UFE as a treatment of fibroid tumors. Less than one percent of those women had major complications immediately after the procedure, while only 4.8 percent had major complications within 30 days.
These statistics show that complications from UFE are rare. In addition, the procedure provides the same short-term outcome that a hysterectomy or myomectomy would. In 2004, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said that UFE provides “good short-term relief” for women.
Life With Fibroids vs. Life Without Fibroids
You don’t have to live with fibroids forever. In fact, choosing UFE as your fibroid treatment option can help you regain your old life. USA Fibroid Centers can help you get from life with symptoms of fibroids to life without these symptoms.
Life With Fibroids
- Heavy and prolonged menstrual periods
- Anemia, which causes fatigue
- Pelvic pain and pressure
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Constipation and bloating
- Pain in the back and legs
Life Without Fibroids
- Shorter and lighter menstrual periods
- Increasingly energetic
- No pelvic pain and pressure
- Pain-free sexual intercourse
- No frequent urination
- No constipation and bloating
- No pain in the back and legs
Contact USA Fibroids Today
If you have uterus fibroids and need treatment, USA Fibroid Centers can help. Contact us today to learn more about UFE and your other fibroid treatment options.