Uterine fibroids are very rarely cancerous, but do have the ability to cause disruptive and even painful symptoms. Many women suffering from these uterine growths experience heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination due to pressure on the bladder. Fortunately, there are effective and minimally invasive treatments that can significantly reduce or eliminate these symptoms and improve a sufferer’s quality of life. Read on to learn more about how one of these treatments, known as UFE, works to treat uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE, is a minimally invasive procedure performed to alleviate the symptoms of uterine fibroids. Using advanced diagnostic imaging to guide his or her hand, the physician inserts a small, flexible tube into the arteries feeding the uterine fibroids and carefully places particles within them. These particles are sized specifically to obstruct the fibroids’ blood supply. Once deprived of the blood supply that they need to grow and survive, they slowly begin to liquefy and soften. Over time, they will shrink and some may even disappear completely.
In many cases, the treated fibroids will still be visible on a diagnostic MRI or ultrasound. Because they are now soft and pliable, however, they no longer cause disruptive symptoms. On average, UFE reduces the volume of a treated fibroid by 40 percent after three months and 65 percent after six months have passed. Regardless of size change, the treatment still is effective in eliminating symptoms in the vast majority of patients.
Dr. Lipman and the experienced medical team at the Center for Image Guided Medicine at Emory Adventist Hospital are proud to offer the uterine fibroid embolization treatment as a way for women to find relief from the symptoms of uterine fibroids. If you are suffering from pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, or other symptoms that could be the result of fibroids, schedule a consultation today by calling (770) 801-4634.