Are you suffering from uterine fibroids? Now is the time to look at our minimally-invasive UFE procedure. Our Award Winning Physicians at MTV IR are leaders in UFE procedures in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area.
What are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop on the wall of the uterus. Most of the time these develop during your child-bearing years. Although they aren’t cancerous, they can have severe symptoms for women. They can be of varying size, from being as small as a quarter to the size of a small melon. Fibroids are more common than most think, in fact up to 80% of women can develop uterine fibroids in their lifetime.
There are a few different types of fibroids, learn more.
Luckily there is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) that can treat your fibroids and have you home the same day.
What should you know about UFE?
Your Uterus Remains
Ladies, this is a big one. Unlike the dreaded hysterectomy your uterus will remain, preserving your options for future children if you so wish.
No Surgery Required!
That’s right a non-surgical, minimally invasive option for successfully treating uterine fibroids.
Lower Complication Rates
Because of its non-surgical nature, there are far less complications with blood loss and pain.
Reduced Recovery Times
In most cases our patients can go home the same day as the procedure and return to normal activities within a week.
Think you have Uterine Fibroids? Below are just a few of the most common symptoms
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Heavy menstrual bleeding is one of the most common symptoms associated with uterine
fibroid tumors. Over time, excessive menstrual bleeding can lead to fatigue and anemia,
which is a result of low red blood cell count. If left untreated, excessive menstrual
bleeding can eventually lead to the need for blood transfusions.
Painful menstrual cramps are a common symptom experienced with uterine fibroid
tumors and one of the leading reasons for women missing work or school. Severe
cramping can certainly put a damper on enjoying your usual daily activities.
Pelvic Pressure or Pain
As fibroids grow, they can put additional pressure on the surrounding organs, which can
be extremely painful. The growth of the fibroids can cause consistent lower abdominal
pain, as well as swelling which is sometimes mistaken for weight gain.
Frequent Urination or Constipation
One of the organs commonly affected during the growth of fibroid tumors is the bladder. As added pressure is applied to this organ, the risk of urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control) occurs, as well as frequent urination. Similarly, if the fibroid is located near the colon, it can obstruct normal bowel movement and lead to constipation as well as the painful passage of stools. If you are experiencing frequent UTIs, constipation, or discover blood in your urine or stools, promptly seek medical care.
Backache or Leg Pain
If the fibroid is located on the back of the uterus, it is very close to the spinal column. If it becomes large enough it can press on or pinch the nerves in that area, causing fibroid pain. It can also cause sciatica as the fibroid presses against the sciatic nerve and sends pain down the back of the legs.
Fibroids can interfere with the normal operation of the uterus, pulling it out of shape and making any contractions or pressure painful. This can cause difficulties during sex, including bleeding if the fibroids are located near the cervix. Sexual symptoms can be especially telling if you have never before had a problem with intercourse, but have recently started to experience a decrease in desire, pain, or bleeding.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
Nope! In fact, 85 to 90% of women who undergo this procedure report a significant reduction of symptoms.
The professionals at MTV IR perform this procedure by inserting a tiny catheter through a nick in the skin in the radial artery in the wrist. The catheter is guided using fluoroscopy into both of the uterine arteries, and then a contrast fluid is injected to help the doctors locate the fibroid growths to be embolized. Finally a number of tiny embolizing particles are injected, which surround the fibroid and block blood flow to it.
To read more on the Uterine Fibroid Embolization go to our UFE page below.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization Vs. Abdominal Hysterectomy
Non-surgical, Minimally-invasive procedure performed through a pin-sized hole in your wrist or thigh
No general anesthesia required
Usually performed as an outpatient procedure
1 week recovery
Preserves uterus for any Removes uterus future pregnancies
Can be a highly-invasive surgery with one or several scars,
depending on how it is performed
Requires General Anesthesia
Average hospital stay 2.3 days
2 to 6 week recovery
Call MTV IR, the experts in interventional radiology, at 469-458-9800 to schedule your free consultation or simply shoot us a message and we’ll get back in touch with you as quickly as possible.