South Florida Vascular Associates
Vascular Interventional Physician located in Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, & Plantation, FL
Up to 80% of women develop uterine fibroids before the age of 50. Symptomatic fibroids can cause chronic severe pain that interrupts your life. That is why many women seek treatment at South Florida Vascular Associates. The team of skilled interventional vascular radiology specialists offers uterine fibroid embolization, a procedure to shrink fibroids and stop your pain. Call the Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, Florida, offices, or click on the provided booking tool now.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization Q & A
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop within the walls of the uterus. This type of growth is extremely common, with most women developing at least a few fibroids by the age of 50.
Fibroids can be as small as a pea, as big as a watermelon, or anywhere in between. Some fibroids fill the entire uterus and even change its shape.
When might I need uterine fibroid embolization?
Fibroids typically cause no symptoms. But, women with symptomatic fibroids can experience serious problems, such as:
- Very heavy periods
- Long-lasting periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Lower back pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Bloating or feeling of fullness
- Distended abdomen
All of these symptoms can be incredibly disruptive, but many women hesitate to seek treatment because they want to avoid major surgery like hysterectomy. Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive alternative with no hospital stay required.
What is uterine fibroid embolization?
Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive procedure used to reduce the blood flowing to your uterus. When the fibroids don’t have a continuous rich blood supply, they start to shrink. This procedure stops or significantly relieves fibroid symptoms in 90% of women.
How does uterine fibroid embolization work?
In a uterine fibroid embolization procedure, the South Florida Vascular Associates team creates a tiny incision within the skin of your groin. They then slide a thin tube (a catheter) into the femoral artery that delivers blood to your lower body.
The team uses advanced X-ray imaging to map out the arteries that supply blood to your uterus. Then, they inject many tiny plastic particles into those arteries to stem the blood flowing to the uterine fibroid.
What can I expect after uterine fibroid embolization?
You can return home the same day of your procedure. You’ll take anti-inflammatory and pain medications for a few days. Most women return to light activities in a few days and resume full activities in just 7-10 days.
The South Florida Vascular Associates team understands that fibroids can have powerful and even debilitating symptoms, so they provide a minimally invasive treatment in their beautiful and modern facility. Call the office or click on the provided scheduling link now.