Fibroid Embolization Vs. Fibroid Ablation
What’s The Difference Between Fibroid Embolization and Ablation?
The majority of women will be affected by fibroids at some point in their lives. Every woman experiences them differently due to their different sizes, locations, and severity.
Most cases of uterine fibroids develop during peak childbearing age — between the early 20s and mid-30s. The symptoms include irregular menstruation, heavy bleeding during periods, painful cycles (cramping), pelvic pain, low back pain, urinary frequency, anemia, and sometimes the appearance of weight gain due to an enlarged uterus.
Dallas Fibroid Center provides numerous treatment options for uterine fibroids that are extremely low-risk, minimally invasive, and require little downtime. Fibroid embolization and ablation are two highly effective procedures that are appropriate for a wide variety of patients. Post-treatment, patients experience significant pain reduction and more normalized menstrual cycles.
The following is a breakdown of two treatment options we offer at Dallas Fibroid Center.
What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
Most cases of symptomatic uterine fibroids can be effectively treated with Uterine Fibroids Embolization (UFE). The procedure involves the use of a fluoroscopic x-ray device that delivers embolic material, inhibiting blood flow to the tumors. The lack of blood shrinks them and ultimately causes them to dissolve.
UFE is a safe and effective process that achieves success rates of about 85%. This specialized treatment can be administered in the groin or wrist arteries.
In most cases, women experience substantial improvements in their symptoms and reductions in the size of their uterine fibroids.
How Fibroid Embolization and Ablation Differ
The treatment of fibroids can take a variety of forms.
- Requires the use of anesthesia and mild sedation
- Only one minor incision is needed
- Does not require closing stitches
- Treats fibroids of all sizes and in any location
- Can reduce to approximately 30% of their size over 3 months – 1 year
Consult your OBGYN and fibroid specialist before choosing a treatment option based on your unique health needs.
Fibroid Treatment Specialists in the Dallas Area
At Dallas Fibroid Center, we understand fibroids’ negative consequences on your quality of life. Moreover, we recognize every woman has healthcare requirements that need customized treatment plans.
You don’t have to endure uncomfortable, inconvenient, or worsening fibroid symptoms. At Dallas Fibroid Center, our team of specialists will help you determine the best treatment options.
For more information about treatment options, please schedule a consultation with our team of specialists today.