What Are Fibroids?

What Are Fibroids?

Uterine Fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are non-cancerous masses that develop within the wall of the uterus. Fibroids affect many women during their reproductive years.

They come in various numbers and sizes and can range from asymptomatic to causing severe symptoms.

Common Symptoms of Fibroids

Approximately 1 out of 3 women with fibroids experience heavy or prolonged bleeding during their periods which is known as menorrhagia.  This can lead to anemia (low blood counts) which can cause weakness, dizziness and fainting. 

Other possible symptoms include:

  • Pelvic pain or pressure

  • Frequent urination

  • Constipation

  • Backache

  • Pain during intercourse

  • Fibroids and Pregnancy

Treatment Options

Treatment options for fibroids depend on various factors, including the size and location of the fibroids, the severity of symptoms, and a woman's age and reproductive plans. At NY Imaging Specialists, we offer minimally invasive and effective fibroid treatment options, providing patients with relief and a quicker recovery compared to traditional surgical approaches.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) /Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE)

This procedure involves guiding a small angiographic catheter into the uterine arteries and injecting tiny particles to decrease blood flow to the uterus. Uterine fibroid embolization offers advantages over conventional hormonal suppression and surgical methods, avoiding side effects of drug therapy and the physical and psychological trauma of surgery. Patients can typically resume their regular activities several weeks earlier than after a hysterectomy. Uterine fibroid embolization, along with other options like hysteroscopic resection, myolysis, and laparoscopic myomectomy, widens the treatment choices for patients who wish to avoid hysterectomy.

Another common condition in women that often goes untreated is adenomyosis. Adenomyosis happens when the inner lining of your uterus, also known as endometrial tissue, grows into the muscular wall of your uterus. UFE and UAE help women suffering from adenomyosis and fibroids to avoid hysterectomy, allows them to keep their uterus, preserve fertility, and avoid the risks and long recovery times associated with major surgery. If you have questions about the procedure and the use of uterine artery embolization to treat adenomyosis or uterine fibroids, talk to your doctor or give us a call.

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