Nearly 30% of women ages 30-45 have fibroids, but they can be difficult to detect. As the area’s leading provider of noninvasive fibroid treatment, Andrew Doe, MD, at Alate Health in Houston specializes in innovative, minimally invasive solutions like uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). To find safe and effective treatments for fibroid symptoms, call Alate Health or schedule an appointment online today.
A uterine fibroid is a noncancerous growth in your uterus. These growths can vary in size from a small marble to a large grapefruit, and you can have more than one fibroid at a time.
Uterine fibroids can develop quickly over a few months or slowly over years. Depending on their size and location, they can put pressure on your bladder, intestines, and nerves in your pelvis, leading to several uncomfortable symptoms.
Common signs of uterine fibroid include:
Sometimes, uterine fibroids can also lead to anemia and infertility.
The exact cause of uterine fibroids isn’t known, but several factors can increase your risk of developing this condition, including:
You’re also less likely to have uterine fibroids if you’ve given birth.
Unlike traditional surgical procedures, such as removing the uterus with a hysterectomy, Dr. Doe and his team treat fibroids with minimally invasive treatments like uterine fibroid embolization.
Uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE, is a minimally invasive fibroid treatment where your Alate Health provider makes a small incision in your groin. Then, they insert a tiny catheter into the artery feeding your fibroid. Once in place, your provider injects embolic agents into the vein which block the blood supply to your fibroids. Without blood, your fibroids shrink and disappear.
UFE treatments provide relief to 90% of women with fibroids, making it a safe and effective treatment that reduces the need for unnecessary hysterectomies. You can also return to work within a week of having UFE.
Additional benefits of UFE treatment include:
There are also fewer if any complications with uterine fibroid embolization compared to surgical treatment for uterine fibroids.
For more information on uterine fibroids and UFE, call Alate Health or schedule an appointment online today.