What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

The condition known as Uterine Fibroids is characterized by benign tumors that are composed of the same muscle tissue as the uterine wall, albeit in a much denser and more noticeably pronounced nodule that is round or semi-round in shape. They can often go untreated because they do not always present any symptoms or complications.

When this condition does present symptoms you might experience:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Painful periods
  • Prolonged periods
  • Spotting
  • Anemia

When left untreated, Uterine Fibroids can present more severe symptoms that can also be damaging to the body:

  • More pressure in the pelvic region
  • Pressure on the bladder
  • Urination obstruction
  • Pressure on the rectum
  • Childbirth complications

Of course as the condition progresses it can lead to much more serious complications as well as the development of other conditions that might result from the body trying to compensate. No matter how far a case of Uterine Fibroids has progressed, though, they can be treated with medication or with surgery.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a kind of minimally invasive treatment aimed at removing the tumors associated with Uterine Fibroids. During this procedure your doctor will inject small particles into the bloodstream via catheter. These particles are guided by an x-ray camera (called a “fluoroscope”) and their intention is to block the arteries that provide blood flow to the fibroids, which causes them to shrink. Approximately 90% of women who take advantage of this procedure report relief of their symptoms.

 

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