Uterine Fibroid Treatment Near Shelbyville, KY
Uterine Fibroid Embolization Specialists Serving Women throughout Kentucky and Cincinnati
If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, know that a hysterectomy or fibroid surgery is not your only option. Our physicians at Louisville fibroids are specialists in treating women with uterine fibroids using uterine fibroid embolization, a minimally invasive procedure performed at many of our locations. The interventional radiologists and clinical staff at our vascular centers combine medical expertise and compassion to guide you through your uterine fibroid treatment journey every step of the way. Our non-surgical approach provides symptomatic relief to get you back to your daily routine quickly.
At Louisville Fibroids, we work every day to deliver far more than our patients expect. We bring our full range of medical capabilities and strive for excellent care to every patient, to each one of our locations near the Louisville area.
What are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow throughout the uterus and are typically diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 55. Fibroids can cause symptoms including heavy periods, an enlarged abdomen, pelvic pain or pressure, urinary incontinence, pain during sexual intercouse, or constipation. Symptoms can vary depending on the location and size of the fibroid tumor.
While African American women are at a higher risk, more than half of all women will develop fibroids in their lifetime.
What are My Treatment Options?
For women who experience symptoms caused by uterine fibroids, there are multiple treatment options available to help improve the quality of life. More conservative treatments include watchful waiting or hormone therapy, while surgical treatments include a myomectomy or hysterectomy.
Uterine fibroid embolization, also known as uterine artery embolization, is a less invasive treatment with a high success rate in shrinking fibroids and lessening symptoms.
What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
UFE does not require anesthesia and is performed through an artery in your groin or wrist as an outpatient procedure. Recovery after UFE is shorter and has a lower risk of complications than a general surgery for fibroid removal.
During the procedure, a catheter guided through your femoral or radial artery injects embolic material to the blood vessels feeding the fibroid tumor. Our fibroid specialists perform the procedure while you’re under sedation and local anesthesia. Under X-ray guidance and through a 5 mm incision in the groin, our physicians place a thin tube in the blood vessel that supplies blood to the fibroid. He then injects tiny gel-like particles the size of sand in the vessel. The particles block the blood supply to the fibroid. When the blood flow to the fibroid is cut off, the fibroids shrink and patients see improved symptoms.
The procedure is then repeated on the other side.
If you live near Louisville, Lexington, or Cincinnati, call Louisville Fibroids at (502) 447-8786 or book your appointment online today!