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Should I Consider Embolization for My Uterine Fibroids?

Should I Consider Embolization for My Uterine Fibroids?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your options when it comes to uterine fibroid treatments? It's easy to be confused, especially since it's not just about making a choice but about making the right choice for your body, health, and future. 

One option you may be considering is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). The board-certified interventional radiologists at Alate Health in Houston, Texas, are here to explain this procedure and when it's an option to consider. 

Keep reading as we give you the insights and guidance you need to navigate your treatment options confidently.

Understanding uterine fibroids and their impact

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or on the uterus, often during your childbearing years. While they're not typically considered dangerous, they can cause problematic symptoms, including:

The severity and nature of fibroid symptoms depend on the size and location of the growth. It's also important to understand that many women with uterine fibroids don't experience obvious symptoms until they struggle with fertility or the fibroids grow larger.

Uterine fibroid symptoms can affect your daily life, emotional wellbeing, and plans for the future if they are making getting pregnant a challenge. If you suspect you have uterine fibroids, don't wait to see a provider.

About uterine fibroid embolization

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to shrink fibroids by cutting off their blood supply. Your Alate Health interventional radiologist performs the procedure, using imaging to guide a tiny catheter through the arteries to reach the fibroids. 

Tiny particles are then released to block the blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink. As your fibroids get smaller, associated symptoms begin to improve.

Advantages of choosing UFE

UFE is a good choice for many women struggling with uterine fibroids. Here’s a quick look at some of the key advantages this treatment provides:

In addition, there is little pain after UFE. You receive IV pain medication at the office to manage post-procedure cramping, and most women manage any additional discomfort with over-the-counter medicines. 

Evaluating if UFE is right for you

An interventional radiologist can help you decide if UFE is right for you based on the size and location of your fibroids, your symptoms, whether you plan to have a baby and your overall health. 

As you consider your treatment options, it is important to educate yourself about fibroids and the UFE procedure. Our team is here to answer your questions and address your concerns. 

You should also consider your priorities, reflecting on the factors that are most important to you. For example, you might be more concerned about preserving your fertility than urinary symptoms, or vice versa. 

At Alate Health, our team can offer personalized insights and recommendations based on your unique situation. It's also a good idea to consider alternatives to UFE. Here are some common therapies to look into: 

Keep in mind that each treatment has its own set of benefits, risks, and considerations. For example, certain therapies (e.g., ablation and hysterectomy) aren't recommended as the first line of treatment for women planning to have children. 

Taking the next steps for your health

Suppose you're considering UFE for your uterine fibroids or want to learn more about your different options. In that case, the next step is to consult a provider specializing in treating them. 

At Alate Health, our team offers detailed insights into how UFE might work for you, discusses potential outcomes, and answers any questions. Your health and comfort are our top priorities, and we're committed to helping you make the best decision for your well-being. 

Choosing the proper treatment for your uterine fibroids can be challenging, but you don't have to make the choice alone. Get personalized help by scheduling a consultation online or over the phone with a provider at Alate Health in Houston, Texas.

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