Help for Your Uterine Fibroids

Many women develop uterine fibroids without ever knowing they exist. However sometimes uterine fibroids can cause significant discomfort, excessive menstrual bleeding, and other troublesome symptoms that may make them hard to tolerate.

The board-certified interventional radiologists at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC, with offices in the Midwood area of Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, offer specialty care for a wide variety of conditions related to your vascular health. For uterine fibroids, they utilize their considerable expertise to provide highly effective, nonsurgical treatment for this sometimes painful condition.

Read what these highly regarded specialists have to say about uterine fibroids and your treatment options.

The basics of uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that arise from the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus. They can be so small they aren’t detectable without a microscope or form large, rubbery growths that are easily felt by your physician during a pelvic exam.

You may have one or multiple fibroids. Depending on which part of the uterus they affect, fibroids may grow inward toward the uterine cavity, bulge outward into the pelvic region, or form a mass within the uterine wall itself. Some are pedunculated, meaning they’re attached to the muscular uterine tissue via a thin stalk of tissue, hanging much like fruit from a stem.

A uterine fibroid can grow very slowly or not at all. Sometimes they enlarge rapidly for a time and then shrink in size.

When should I consider treatment for uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids themselves are overwhelmingly benign and do not increase your risk of developing cancer. Sometimes, however, they can cause:

Uterine fibroids that cause heavy bleeding can also lead to anemia. Rarely, they can interfere with your ability to carry a pregnancy to term and may lead to premature delivery.

How do you treat uterine fibroids?

Initially, your physician may recommend medications such as birth control pills or various hormone treatments to reduce the bleeding related to fibroids, which does not shrink the fibroid. Depending on your age and circumstance, your doctor may also suggest hormone-induced menopause, which helps shrink fibroids and eliminates menstrual bleeding.

At Vein and Vascular Solutions, we offer relief from symptomatic fibroids with a minimally invasive procedure known as uterine fibroid embolization. This alternative treatment blocks the blood supply to fibroids, causing them to shrink and die without the need for hormone therapy.

During fibroid embolization, your Vein and Vascular specialist uses image-guided fluoroscopy, a type of real-time X-ray technology, to position a small hollow tube (catheter) near the appropriate uterine artery. Microscopic particles that block blood flow to the fibroid are delivered via the catheter into the artery.

It’s an in-office procedure that requires only a small incision to insert the catheter. Your specialist will numb the targeted area first to prevent discomfort and provide a sedative to help keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the relatively quick embolization process.

For a highly effective and nonsurgical solution for symptomatic uterine fibroids, schedule an evaluation at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC today.    

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