Uterine Fibroid Embolization in Fredericksburg, VA
Women’s Health Services
The Effective, Nonsurgical Treatment for Uterine Fibroids
Women with uterine fibroids can experience daily discomfort and a disruption in their menstrual cycles. Fortunately, there is a nonsurgical treatment option. If you are suffering from the symptoms of uterine fibroids, you may benefit from uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). UFE is a revolutionary treatment in the management of uterine fibroids. This highly successful, minimally invasive procedure has offered relief without the invasive surgeries prescribed in the past. The process of shrinking fibroids through Interventional Radiology has made it possible to treat fibroids without surgery.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids (leiomyomas) are non-cancerous tumors that grow from a stem cell within the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus. This condition affects 20-40% of premenopausal women. The tumors are typically not dangerous and do not spread within the body, but some women experience several negative side effects. The two most common treatment option for uterine fibroids were hysterectomy and myomectomy.
At least 5-10% of premenopausal women with uterine fibroids experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Risk factors for uterine fibroids
Some women are at increased risk for developing uterine fibroids. Women who are in their early to mid 40’s are at the most common age. Uterine fibroids feel different for each patient, and many women learn of their condition after a transvaginal ultrasound or MRI exam.
Treatment for fibroids is important.
There are some potentially harmful side effects of not removing fibroids. Discuss with your doctor if you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) as a treatment option for uterine fibroids
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, highly effective procedure for the treatment of uterine fibroids (leiomyoma). Endorsed by by the American College of Gynecology as a primary treatment for uterine fibroids, UFE provides faster recovery than surgical options with most women returning to normal activities in 7-10 days, compared with 6-8 weeks for a traditional hysterectomy. UFE is also significantly less invasive than a traditional hysterectomy.
Despite these advantages to a traditional hysterectomy, many women are not aware of the benefits of UFE. One in five women with fibroids believe that a traditional hysterectomy is the only treatment available to them. Almost 50% of women with fibroids have never heard of UFE. And then, nearly 80% of women who know of UFE only happened to learn about it through friends and family, which is why patient education is so important.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Patient Testimony: Cindy Greenwood
Cindy Greenwood, NP, has served patients at VIVA for nearly nine years. When Cindy was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, she became a patient herself. Ms. Greenwood appreciates the ability to share her positive experience and spread awareness of this alternative to surgery. Being a Nurse Practitioner in Radiology, Greenwood has seen many women undergo UFE with great success.
How is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) performed?
Uterine Fibroid Embolization is performed through a tiny incision in the skin, usually less than a quarter inch at the groin or the wrist, compared to the 5 to 7 inch incision of a traditional hysterectomy. The Interventional Radiologist guides a tiny catheter into the uterine arteries and releases tiny particles to block the blood flow into the uterine fibroids. Once the blood supply is cut off, the fibroids are starved of oxygen and nutrients, causing them to shrink.
What are the side effects of uterine fibroid embolization?
There are very few complications associated with uterine fibroid embolization. In fact, more than 90% of our patients experience almost immediate relief from excessive bleeding. Following the procedure, some women have an overnight stay in the hospital for pain management. In the first 24 hours after your procedure, you may experience uterine cramping, nausea, fatigue, or a low-grade fever. Symptoms typically subside within one to three days. When you go home after your UFE procedure, you will be able to resume all normal daily activities as tolerated. You can expect a shrinking of the fibroids within three to six months after the procedure.
Uterine fibroid embolization in Fredericksburg
The Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Interventional Radiologists at VIVA have been pleased to offer UFE to our patients in the Fredericksburg community for over 20 years. The expertise you’ll find at VIVA will help you decide if uterine fibroid embolization is right for you.
Women who may have fibroids are encouraged to directly schedule a consultation with Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates by calling our office at 540-654-9118 or asking for a referral through their OB-GYN or primary care provider.
Our high level of expertise offers greater assurances than most vein centers can provide. Our physicians will evaluate your specific needs and select the appropriate therapy.
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