Uterine Fibroids Don’t Have To Run Your Life. Safely End The Pain & Discomfort Today.
The Painful Facts About Uterine Fibroids
UFE is a less invasive approach to treating uterine fibroids. The procedure is designed to preserve your uterus and shrink your fibroids without incisions, stitches, hospital stays or prolonged recovery times.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization can be performed under conscious sedation by a specially trained physician — an Interventional Radiologist, like Dr. Adam Gropper.
The procedure completely eliminates the symptoms of uterine fibroids without surgery or removal of the uterus.
Types of uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are also called uterine myomas. These are benign tumors (non-cancerous) that grow in the uterine wall. They can grow alone or in clusters. They vary in size and develop in different areas of the uterus.
These are the most common types of fibroids. Intramural fibroids appear within the muscular wall of the uterus and may grow larger and potentially stretch a woman’s womb.
These types of fibroids form on the outside of your uterus. Subserosal fibroids may grow large enough to make your womb appear bigger on one side.
When and if a subserosal fibroid develops a stem, which is a slender base that supports the tumor, they are known as pedunculated fibroids.
These types of fibroids aren’t as common. They develop in the middle muscle layer of your uterus. This area is known as the myometrium.
A Non Surgical Option
A catheter is inserted through a small puncture made in the femoral artery located in your upper thigh. It is then guided under x-ray to the arteries that supply blood to the fibroids.
Once these arteries are located, a solution that blocks and seals the arteries is injected through the catheter. This results in the fibroids being starved of blood, causing them to shrink.
The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and the patient can recover in the comfort of their own home rather than an overnight stay in the hospital.
The side effects of Uterine Fibroid Embolization are generally minor and include:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Pelvic pain or cramping
These symptoms are well managed with medications and generally only last 2-4 days.
Is UFE right for me?
To learn if UFE is the right treatment option for you, request a consultation with Dr. Gropper.
Before making a decision on a treatment for your uterine fibroids, it’s important that you understand all of the treatments options available to you. You should have an honest and detailed discussion with your physician about your options, including benefits and potential risks.