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Are you a suitable candidate for Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

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Long gone are the days when removal of your whole uterus was the only treatment for uterine fibroids. Now, with recent technological advancements, various minimally invasive treatment options are available which can help retain your uterus while successfully treating fibroids. 

Most fibroids are benign, and are not life- threatening. There is no reason to panic once diagnosed. They can be managed effectively with various treatment alternatives available. This article explains about an advanced minimally invasive procedure, called Uterine fibroid embolization, its benefits, and its risks. 

What are uterine fibroids?

If you are diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you must know that the incidence of fibroids is high in women during their reproductive years. Research suggests that up to 70% of women are likely to get those at some point during their lifetime. What is important is your awareness of the condition, its symptoms and treatment options.

Symptoms of uterine fibroids

A lot women with fibroids are asymptomatic. According to expert doctors if fibroids are not enlarged, and you are symptom free then staying alert, periodical investigations and checkups are sufficient and immediate treatment may not be necessary. 

Almost always the first symptom of underlying uterine fibroids is heavy menstrual flow. Many women turn anemic and weak and seek treatment for their condition. Occasionally women complain about bleeding in between their periods. However, heavy bleeding can also be indicative of few other conditions like uterine polyps, or may even be caused by hormonal imbalances.

Your fibroid symptoms depend on the fibroid size, their numbers, and their location. Pelvic pressure, rectal pain, back pain, frequent urination, and constipation are other symptoms of fibroids apart from heavy bleeding. Many women have large fibroids that can cause the uterus to be several times its normal size. A woman might feel “bulky” due to the enlarged uterus, like she is pregnant.

Treatment alternatives for uterine fibroids

Your choices and selection of treatment for fibroids depend on your symptoms. When choosing a fibroid treatment, a major aspect your doctor will need to consider is the patient’s desire for future pregnancy.

Unlike hysterectomy where the whole uterus is surgically removed, various other uterine fibroid treatments permit you to get pregnant later. Hysterectomy, nowadays is reserved for ladies with massive fibroids and severe bleeding who are approaching or post- menopause. After the procedure it is 100 % guaranteed that fibroids will not return.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization – Benefits & Risks

Fibroid embolization procedure prevents certain arteries from supplying blood to the affected area and “starves” the fibroids of the blood that they need to grow. With the blood supply cut off, the tumor masses die, develop into scar tissue and the fibroids subsequently shrink in size.

Benefits of Fibroid embolization

The procedure is recommended for those who experience heavy bleeding, pain, and bladder or pelvic pressure. This is a minimally invasive procedure which gives similar results when compared to other surgical treatments. There are other benefits for the procedure which include:

  • Uterus, ovaries, and cervix are preserved – an immense relief for those who plan to be pregnant
  • No blood loss due to the non-invasive nature
  • No noticeable scarring
  • Fastest return to normal activities 
  • Outpatient procedure with minimal hospital stay
  • Reduced symptoms such as heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure/pain
  • Better quality of life

Risks of the procedure

Major complications are very rare after the procedure. Procedural risks are same as those for surgical procedures. 

Possibility of damage to the blood vessels in the area or infection exists as with any other treatment modality. But if performed by an experienced radiologist the risk is quite negligible.

Allergic reaction to the contrast dye can occur in few patients. 

Research is ongoing to analyze how the procedure impacts future pregnancy.

To know further about the embolization procedure, treatment costs and recovery time, contact Avis Vascular Centre and meet with our expert interventional radiologists. 

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