What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus, or womb. Fibroids develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the womb. They may grow slowly or quickly, or they may simply stay the same size. However, if they get too large, they may start causing painful and life-altering symptoms.

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Risk Factors for Fibroids

If any of the following apply to you, that means you could be at risk

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Being a Woman Aged 30-50

Fibroids tend to appear most commonly in women in this age range.

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Having a Mother with Fibroids

If your mother had fibroids, it increases the chance of having fibroids.

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Being an African-American Woman

African American women are at a higher risk for fibroids.

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Unbalanced Diet

Eating a lot of red meat and ham but not many vegetables

How Are Fibroids Treated?

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat fibroids

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Simple Procedure

This entire procedure is done while the patient is sedated, through a tiny nick the size of a grain of rice.

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1 Week Recovery

Even better: recovery time is just one week, so you can get back to your life quickly and with less pain.

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Little Scarring

Since there is no incision, it heals with almost no scarring.

Common Questions About Fibroids

Do all cases of fibroids require treatment?

No. In fact, treatment is only required in 10-20 percent of fibroids cases. Most fibroids don't cause any symptoms.

Can this prevent a hysterectomy?

Yes. The Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedure may reduce the need for hysterectomy substantially. 1/3 of all hysterectomies in the U.S. are linked to fibroids.

Will the procedure hurt?

Before the procedure, local anesthetic is applied to the area where the catheter will be inserted. Plus, you will be given a sedative to help you relax before the procedure.

How do I prepare for the procedure?

We will carefully explain instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. We will also provide you with written instructions.

Can I have uterine fibroid embolization if I still want to get pregnant?

UFE is not recommended if you are planning to get pregnant. There is a small amount of evidence that suggests a slightly higher miscarriage rate if you have a UFE. It is certainly possible to have a normal pregnancy, normal delivery, and normal baby after having the procedure, but if you have the option to have another treatment for your fibroids, that would be safest until further data is available about pregnancy after UFE. If a woman has been told that hysterectomy is her only treatment option, we would be happy to discuss the possibility of UFE with her.

At Precision VIR, Excellent Patient Care Is Our Passion

Our specialists will take the time to answer your questions about fibroids and UFE.

Schedule a Phone Consultation

Request a phone consult for UFE if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Heavier-than-usual menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Need to urinate more often
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pain during or after intercourse
  • Back or leg pain

Not recommended for women planning to get pregnant

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