According to recent medical statistics, about eighty percent of women experience uterine fibroids before hitting fifty years. Not all uterine fibroids cause noticeable symptoms. However, fibroids that cause symptoms can make your life very difficult. Fortunately, there is effective treatment available to relieve the symptoms. At Alate Health, experienced board-certified interventional radiologist Andrew Doe, MD, the team provides effective fibroid removal treatments that shrink fibroids and decrease fibroid bleeding to relieve your symptoms. Call or schedule an appointment online today to get started with uterine fibroids treatment in Houston, TX.
What Exactly Are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids refer to fibrous and muscle tissue growths in your uterus. Fibroids are not cancerous, but they can still cause significant issues, including prolonged periods and heavy bleeding. The common types of fibroids include:
· Submucosal fibroids within the innermost uterine lining.
· Subserosal fibroids in the outer uterine layer.
· Intramural fibroids found on the muscle wall of the uterine fibroids.
· Pedunculated stalk growing fibroids.
Uterine fibroids can be very small or even very large. Fibroids can also occur in clusters. Most women experience uterine fibroids in their late twenties, up to fifties. However, fibroids are not common after menopause.
What Are the Common Symptoms of Fibroids?
If you have fibroids, you might or might not experience any signs. Sometimes, women might find out they have uterine fibroids during the regular women’s wellness exam. However, fibroids most often cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including painful periods, heavy bleeding, prolonged periods, constipation, bloating, urinary incontinence, clotting, fatigue, leg pain, anemia, backache, etc. fibroids can often cause heavy menstrual bleeding that needs a frequent change of pads and tampons.
What Are the Common Risk Factors of Developing Fibroids?
Although the cause of fibroids is still unclear, various factors increase the probability of their occurrence. According to scientific research, weight, genetics, hormones, ethnicity, age, and reproduction increase the risk of uterine fibroids and even the severity of the symptoms. It is still not known why some women with fibroids have severe symptoms while others don’t. Also, women with fibroids have a six times more probability of having to undertake a cesarean section.
How Does Interventional Radiology Treat Uterine Fibroids?
Fibroid treatment mostly depends on your specific needs and symptoms. The fibroid specialists at Alate Health uses minimally invasive treatment referred to as uterine fibroid embolization that ends your fibroid symptoms without the need to undergo a major fibroid surgery. The procedure is FDA approved and involves creating a small groin area incision to insert the catheter. The catheter is inserted into the artery that transports blood to your fibroids. A specific amount of embolic agents is then administered, cutting off the fibroids’ blood supply. This denies the fibroid’s blood and nutrients to stay alive and keep growing, making them begin shrinking and eventually wither away completely.
To sum up, you should not opt for fertility-ending surgery such as hysterectomy that also comes with long downtime. Instead, you should consider undertaking a uterine fibroid embolization procedure that provides great fibroids relief to about ninety percent of women with lesser downtime. To inquire more, call or schedule an appointment online today.