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Physician to speak about uterine fibroid treatment options

Glendale Heights – An alarming 20 to 40 percent of middle-aged women have uterine fibroids that cause symptoms including back pain, heavy bleeding or frequent urination. Learn about a minimally invasive procedure that treats fibroids without dangerous surgery: uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).

 

Dr. Michael Sichlau, an interventional radiologist, will present a program on the procedure at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, 701 Winthrop Ave., second floor, Heart & Vascular Institute classroom, Glendale Heights. The class is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (630) 856-7525 or visit www.keepingyouwell.com/agh. Light refreshments will be served. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and check-in starts at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. lecture.

 

Doctors don’t know what causes uterine fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths. They range in size from small seedlings, undetectable to the human eye, to large, bulky masses that can distort the uterus – sometimes expanding to reach the rib cage. Uterine fibroids often have symptoms that go undetected, such as:

  • Constant pelvic pain
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Anemia
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Infertility

Nearly one third of all hysterectomies performed each year are to treat fibroids.

“With hysterectomy, patients pay a permanent price that may not be necessary,” Sichlau said. “Every woman who is advised to have this surgery for uterine fibroids should get a second opinion.”

Patients stay at the hospital overnight and need only one week of recovery, compared to six weeks for a hysterectomy. In addition to being easier on patients, there are no incisions involved in UFE, no scaring and no pain or blood loss. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states there is scientific proof that UFE is a “safe and effective option” for women.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange