WHAT ARE UTERINE FIBROIDS?
Uterine fibroids, also known as fibroid tumors or myomas, are benign growths that form inside the wall of the uterus. Though very rarely cancerous, uterine fibroids can cause an array of troublesome symptoms, including heavy or painful menstruation, bleeding between periods, pain in the abdomen and/or back, painful intercourse and pressure on the bladder or bowel that can create a feeling of urgency. In some cases, fibroids can cause reproductive complications such as early labor, miscarriage or infertility.
WHAT IS UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION?
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that targets benign tumors in the uterus. UFE utilizes fluoroscopy, a specialized x-ray that produces real-time images, to guide a catheter to the uterine artery and deliver tiny, allergen-free embolic particles to fibroids, starving them of blood until they shrink. Nearly 90 percent of women who undergo UFE experience significant or complete resolution of their fibroid-related symptoms.
WHERE DO I GET UFE TREATMENT?
RAO’s Center for Vascular Health and its Board Certified interventional radiologists perform uterine fibroid embolization at local hospitals. For information and scheduling, call CVH at 352-671-4252.