Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive option for women suffering from symptoms related to uterine fibroids. Learn more here about this alternative to traditional surgical treatments for uterine fibroids. Cosette Stahl, DO, discusses the procedure and how our partners at RIA Endovascular can help you.
Uterine fibroids are very common noncancerous growths in the uterus that are often diagnosed during a gynecological exam. Both ultrasound and MRI are imaging tools that can confirm the presence of fibroids.
Uterine fibroids can cause:
Heavy, excessive menstrual bleeding
Bleeding in between periods
Pelvic pain and pressure
Urinary incontinence and frequency
As much as 40% of premenopausal women have uterine fibroids, and of those women, up to one third are symptomatic and experience heavy and prolonged menstrual periods. The Society for Interventional Radiology reports that more than 600,000 women in the US are diagnosed with uterine fibroids each year, and 30% of those women undergo hysterectomy for the treatment of fibroids. New research reveals many of those women could have been treated by much less invasive means, such as uterine artery embolization, thus avoiding surgical removal of the uterus.
Due to the high prevalence of fibroids, it is important for women to be familiar with the presenting symptoms and all of the treatment options. Uterine fibroid embolization might be the answer you have been looking for to treat your fibroids.