Procedure Available to Shrink Uterine Fibroids Without Surgery

The Fibroid Team Vascular Interventional Physicians

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One of the most common tumors women may have is something that many might not know about.

The Vascular Interventional Physicians (VIP) Fibroid Team says that uterine fibroids are the most common tumors in women. These noncancerous growths typically appear during the childbearing years. While the fibroids are not linked to an increased risk of uterine cancer, they can lead to pain, suffering and other complications.

Doctors think fibroid tumors develop from a single cell in the smooth muscle that lines the uterus. The cell divides over and over, eventually creating a rubbery mass called a fibroid tumor.

Fibroids come in a range of shapes and sizes. They can be so small that they’re virtually undetectable or so large that they enlarge the uterus. You can have a single fibroid or a dozen. There are some things women should know about uterine fibroids.

5 Things You Should Know About Uterine Fibroids

  1. Race is a factor: Black women have a higher risk of developing fibroids than white or Asian women. While scientists don’t yet know the reason behind that disparity, they do have several theories ranging from vitamin D deficiency to ancestry.
  2. Hormones affect fibroid growth: Hormones can change fibroid growth. One the one hand, a pregnant woman’s increasing hormone levels can cause more growth of fibroids. On the other hand, after menopause, when women have less circulating estrogen and progesterone, fibroids tend to shrink or even disappear.
  3. You may not have any symptoms: Fibroids are much more common than any cancerous tumor — according to the Office on Women’s Health, up to 80% of women have fibroids before age 50. But many don’t have any symptoms. In fact, for some women, the first sign of fibroids is an inability to get pregnant.
  4. Lifestyle factors may play a role: While there’s some evidence to suggest that fibroids run in families, fibroids also seem to grow and shrink due to certain lifestyle factors. Women who eat more red meat and fewer fruits and vegetables tend to have an elevated risk, as do those who regularly drink alcohol. There’s no surefire way to prevent fibroids, but eating a healthy, plant-based diet may help.
  5. Surgery isn’t the only option: If your fibroids don’t bother you, there’s no reason to bother them. Instead, your doctor may choose to monitor them with periodic ultrasounds. Medication can help control bleeding and manage side effects like anemia. For women of childbearing age who want to have children, surgery may be the preferred option.

What Are Signs Of Uterine Fibroids?

Some women don’t experience any symptoms at all, but those who do, often complain of the following:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding: Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding is a huge tip-off.
  • Fertility problems: Problems with reproduction are common among women who have fibroids.
  • Pelvic pressure and pain: Women who have fibroids often complain of pelvic pressure and pain, particularly during menses.
  • Anemia: Women who have fibroids may lose a lot of blood during their menstrual periods. Over time, that blood loss can cause anemia. With anemia, women may experience fatigue, shortness of breath and dizziness.

But no matter which symptoms you’re experiencing, don’t suffer in silence.

The VIP Fibroid Team Can Help

The VIP Fibroid Team is offering Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive procedure that helps shrink uterine fibroids without surgery. The procedure has been in use since the 90s.

UFE is performed by interventional radiologists, who are board-certified, medically trained physicians who specialize in performing minimally invasive, targeted treatments.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is considered to be very safe and is about 90 percent effective in relieving or eliminating the symptoms of uterine fibroids. The procedure has even been successful in treating women with multiple uterine fibroid tumors. Usually, patients only stay in the hospital for 24 hours, and most patients fully recover within 10 days

To learn more about UFE, or to schedule a consultation, visit the VIP Fibroid Team webpage.

The Fibroid Team Vascular Interventional Physicians.