Can Fibroids Return After Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
Fibroids are a common cause of abdominal pain, heavy periods, and discomfort. Many women find relief with a minimally-invasive procedure called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). But can fibroids return after treatment? The professionals at American Fibroid Centers can explain what you need to know about fibroids when you come in for an assessment. Our clinic is proud to offer a solution that doesn’t require a hysterectomy, is performed in an outpatient center, and does not require a hospital stay.
UFE is a low-risk procedure, and our patients enjoy high rates of success, symptom relief, and overall improvement of quality of life! Call our offices in New York or New Jersey to learn the details of UFE and find out how we can help.
What causes uterine fibroids?
Fibroids are benign growths that can develop during a woman's reproductive years and beyond. They are typically small, though they can be large enough to cause pain or discomfort. Very large, untreated fibroids can even make you appear pregnant. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, fibroids are commonly found in women during their 30s and 40s through menopause. Having a close family member with fibroids also increases your risk.
Fibroid symptoms include:
Abnormal or heavy periods
Periods that are longer than normal
Severe menstrual cramping
Lower abdominal pain or lower back pain
Pain or intense pressure during sexual intercourse
Change in urination
Painful bowel movements
How do you treat fibroids with UFE?
American Fibroid Centers approach fibroid treatment in a minimally invasive way that does not involve a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). Instead, our goal is to deprive the fibroids of their blood supply, so they shrink. This is what reduces fibroid symptoms and allows your body to function as normal.
We begin UFE by inserting a thin catheter into the artery through a very small incision at the top of your thigh or arm. This is performed using advanced direct image guidance at our treatment center in New York or New Jersey. We then inject embolic material into the small blood vessels that support the fibroids, blocking the blood flow.
UFE is the preferred method of fibroid treatment because it's highly effective, can be performed in an outpatient center, and does not require extended recovery time.
Can fibroids return?
So, can fibroids return after UFE? It's unlikely. The compassionate care team at American Fibroid Centers is happy to consult with patients who are considering UFE to discuss all of the treatment options available to determine the best plan of care for each patient.
Reduce painful fibroid symptoms
If fibroid symptoms are interfering with your quality of life, it's important to consult with a fibroid expert to determine your options before making a decision. If you are interested in learning about uterine fibroids or want to schedule a consultation, call our office in New York or New Jersey to schedule an appointment with our fibroid experts!