Uterine Fibroid Treatment
Uterine Fibroids are non-cancerous smooth muscle tumors of the uterus. They occur in 20 to 50 percent of women, depending on age and race. Although most fibroids do not cause any symptoms, they may cause pain, cramping and chronic bleeding. They may also be the cause of frequent urination, constipation, low back pain and pain during intercourse. Fibroids can also cause problems with fertility and pregnancy.
In additional to traditional surgical hysterectomies, Adventist Women’s Care offers Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE is a non-surgical procedure which uses X-rays and other imaging techniques to see inside the body while breaking up the fibroids via catheter.
Performed by interventional radiologists, UFE is safer than traditional surgery, involves no significant blood loss, and allows patients to return to normal activities only a week after the procedure, compared to 5-6 weeks for a hysterectomy.