Are you looking for an ideal uterine fibroid treatment? Are you aware of fibroids and their symptoms? What kind of fibroid treatment to look for? Visit the USA Fibroid Center for minimally invasive uterine fibroid treatment. Let’s delve into finding out about uterine fibroid.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous (benign) growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. Although fibroids do not all cause symptoms, their size, and location can cause pain in some women.
As long as fibroids do not cause symptoms, they usually do not need to be treated. This also applies to pregnancy. If fibroids cause symptoms, the type of therapy depends on several factors:
- of the patient’s age
- from family planning
- from the symptoms
In principle, fibroids can be treated with medication, surgery, or newer procedures such as embolization or focused ultrasound. Uterine-conserving operations are performed on young patients, while hysterectomy is the standard treatment for older women who have completed their desire to have children. Today, minimally invasive fibroid treatments at the USA Fibroid Center are increasingly used that only remove the myoma if drug therapy is impossible or associated with the desired success.
For the best uterine fibroid treatment, embolization presents considerable advantages over hysterectomy. Embolization is simple and safe, allowing rapid recovery and avoiding the uterus’s ablation. Thanks to uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), patients at the USA Fibroids Center get rid of the chronic pain they have been enduring for years. It is a short procedure, only one night in the hospital.
How is UFE as uterine fibroid treatment?
During fibroid embolization, blood flow to the fibroids is stopped to shrink them. This uterine fibroid treatment is an alternative to surgery to remove the fibroids (myomectomy) or the uterus (hysterectomy).
Fibroid embolization aims to eliminate fibroid-related symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual pain, or a feeling of pressure on the bladder or intestines. Women recover faster after embolization than surgeries to remove fibroids or the uterus. However, the method is only suitable for some. In addition, repeated treatments are often necessary later on.
Uterine fibroid treatment: What happens during embolization?
During the procedure, the blood vessels that supply the fibroid are closed under local anesthesia. The doctor first makes a small puncture in the groin and inserts a thin plastic tube (catheter) into the groin artery. A contrast agent is injected so the blood vessels can be seen on the X-ray. The catheter is then advanced to the fibroid under X-ray control. Tiny plastic beads are washed into the myoma’s blood vessels via the catheter. The beads clog the vessels and thus block the blood supply to the fibroid. The operation takes about 1 to 2 hours. You then need to rest in bed for 8 to 12 hours so that the puncture site in the groin can close.
A few weeks after the fibroid treatment, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to check whether the treatment has worked sufficiently – i.e., completely stopped the blood flow to the fibroid. Only then will the fibroids gradually shrink, and the symptoms disappear. The beads remain in the remaining fibroid tissue.
How well does fibroid embolization help?
Uterine fibroids embolization is usually an option for women whose fibroids have been causing severe symptoms for a long time. After treatment, the symptoms improve in about 80 to 90 out of 100 women. About 10 out of 100 women feel no improvement after the procedure.
New fibroids may form after fibroid treatment. For some women, fibroid embolization cannot help sufficiently or only temporarily. In studies, about 20 out of 100 women were treated again in the first few years after the procedure. Either the process was repeated, or they were operated on with a different a
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