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Uterine Fibroid Embolization: Innovative Options for Symptomatic Fibroids

Are you living with unrelenting fibroid pain and symptoms?

Dallas Fibroid Center offers uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE, that empowers patients to live fibroid-free lives.

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus. Around 80% of women experience fibroids in their lifetime—with or without symptoms. Of those diagnosed with fibroids, most have more than one. In addition, African American women face a higher risk of symptomatic fibroids.

While some women with fibroids don't experience symptoms, larger or multiple fibroids often lead to physical discomfort and pain. Whether you're dealing with heavy menstrual bleeding, frequent urination, pelvic pain, or fertility challenges due to fibroids, our team is here to help.

While a hysterectomy was the traditional approach for fibroid treatment, it's no longer the sole option available.

UFE stands out as a non-surgical fibroid treatment solution that significantly reduces fibroid symptoms, ranking among the most effective strategies for fibroid treatment.

Let's delve deeper into uterine fibroid embolization below.

A Look at How Uterine Fibroid Embolization Works

The term "embolization" refers to a medical procedure treating various conditions by blocking or limiting blood flow to a specific body part. It's a non-surgical method that involves placing tiny particles into blood vessels, starving abnormal tissues of blood, and causing them to shrink by at least 40% in volume.

When used to treat uterine fibroids, UFE in Dallas can eliminate symptoms and significantly improve a patient's overall quality of life.

During UFE treatment, an interventional radiologist places a small tube into an artery, either in the wrist or groin. The tube is guided to the blood vessels, supplying the fibroids with real-time imaging. Tiny particles are injected, blocking the blood vessels and stopping the blood supply to the fibroids. Over time, the lack of blood supply significantly shrinks the fibroids.

Patients can go home the same day after UFE in Dallas - no hospital stay is needed. UFE has a success rate of around 85%, making it an optimal choice for most women suffering from constant fibroid pain and symptoms.

The Benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization

UFE is a top choice for treating fibroids as it keeps the uterus healthy without surgery. This means pregnancy after UFE is possible, and many women have successfully conceived following the procedure.

It also has several advantages, including:

After UFE treatment, most people can return to regular activities much faster than after a hysterectomy, which needs several months to recover.

UFE in Dallas provides:

Potential Uterine Fibroid Embolization Complications

While UFE is generally considered safe and effective, like any medical procedure, there can be complications. Patients need to know about potential risks before getting the treatment.

Some possible complications and side effects of UFE in Dallas include:

Less common risks include menstrual changes, vaginal discharge, and early menopause. It's important to note that UFE's impact on fertility and successful pregnancies isn't entirely known.

During your initial consultation, we encourage you to discuss your reproductive goals with your doctor to find the best treatment plan for your fibroids, healthcare goals, and unique medical history.

Comparing UFE to Other Treatments

When considering treatment options for uterine fibroids, it’s important to understand how UFE compares to other available procedures. Each treatment has unique benefits and considerations depending on the patient's specific condition and overall health goals.

Endometrial Ablation vs. UFE

Endometrial ablation involves removing or destroying the lining of the uterus to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. It is typically recommended for women who do not have fibroids that significantly distort the shape of the uterus. In contrast, UFE specifically targets uterine fibroids by cutting off their blood supply, causing them to shrink and die, which can reduce both bleeding and other symptoms caused by fibroids.

UFE vs. Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, is a definitive solution for fibroids and other uterine conditions, eliminating the possibility of recurrence. However, it is a major surgery with a longer recovery time and permanent loss of fertility. UFE is a less invasive alternative that preserves the uterus, has a shorter recovery period, and retains the possibility of future pregnancies.

Myomectomy vs. Embolization

Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes individual fibroids while preserving the uterus, making it a preferred option for women who wish to maintain fertility. However, it involves surgery and a recovery period similar to that of other surgical interventions. UFE, on the other hand, is a minimally invasive procedure that treats multiple fibroids at once by obstructing their blood supply, resulting in a shorter recovery time and fewer immediate surgical risks.

Who Qualifies for UFE?

Typically, individuals considered for UFE are those whose symptoms haven't improved with conservative treatments such as medication or hormonal therapy.

It's important to know that patients must be physically healthy before undergoing UFE. Health conditions like kidney disease, heart disease, and certain cancers might make a patient ineligible for UFE.

In addition, some patients may not be suitable for UFE, including those with the following:

Dallas Fibroid Center: Effective Uterine Fibroid Treatment Near You

Your reproductive health matters to us.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with fibroids, you are not alone.

The caring team at Dallas Fibroid Center understands how troubling symptomatic fibroids can be. The good news is that effective, minimally invasive treatment options, including UFE, can help you feel your best again.

Contact our helpful staff today to schedule a complete evaluation.

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