Pete Stratil, MD discusses uterine fibroids’ symptoms and the minimally invasive treatments available to you.
Why would someone need a uterine fibroid embolization?
Fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. While they are noncancerous, fibroids can cause significant symptoms for patients. The primary symptom seen in fibroids is heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding. Women can also experience bulk symptoms due to the size of the fibroids such as pelvic or abdominal pain or fullness and urinary incontinence. Fibroids can grow as a single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus.
Uterine fibroid embolization is used as an alternative to surgery to treat uterine fibroids and minimize their symptoms. Women may choose fibroid embolization over surgery because it is a minimally invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time and minimal risk of complications.