Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Westchester, New York
Hundreds of thousands of women must have hysterectomies each year, and a significant percentage of those are a result of uterine fibroids, benign tumors that often occur in the wall of the uterus that can cause heavy bleeding, pain and even infertility and miscarriage. Hysterectomy is a drastic measure that removes a woman’s ability to grow a life, but what else can be done? Up until recently, there was little that medicine could offer outside of this irreversible surgery, but with modern technology and a procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), you have another option. Lawrence Hospital Center in Westchester, New York gives women with fibroids a choice.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure. An interventional radiologist, after administering local anesthesia, will guide a catheter into the artery at the top of the thigh using X-ray imaging. Microspheres that are made of bio-compatible materials are introduced into the artery on both side of the fibroid tumor to block blood flow and starve it to death over time. In many cases, uterine fibroids shrink halting many of the symptoms that so greatly affect the lives of patients. In addition to not involving any surgical intervention, Uterine Fibroid Embolization also requires less time in the hospital and less time out of work.
Common symptoms of fibroids of the uterus are:
- Heavy, prolonged monthly periods, sometimes with clots
- Anemia (fatigue due to low red blood count)
- Pain or pressure between the hip bones or in the back of the legs
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Frequent need to urinate
- Constipation or bloating
- An enlarged belly
Patients who are ideal for UFE include women who:
- Have symptomatic fibroids
- Do not intend to get pregnant in the future
- Want to keep their uterus
- Do not want surgery
- Want an overnight or outpatient hospital stay
- May not be good candidates for surgery
A hysterectomy is not the only answer for fibroids and the pain they cause. Uterine Fibroid Embolization at Lawrence Hospital Center in Westchester County, New York can help without surgery and without taking away one of the things that makes you a woman. Call today and learn more about this state of the art medical treatment.
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