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Uterine Fibroids

What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are usually benign, non-cancerous tumors composed of fibrous tissues. The tumor can range in size from 1 to 6 inches, but it can be smaller or larger. Uterine fibroids are the most common type of gynecological tumor found in women, especially if there is a history of uterine fibroids in the family.

Uterine fibroids often do not require medical treatment; in fact, most women do not know they have fibroids until they are discovered by a gynecologist during their annual pelvic exam. The following symptoms have been associated with fibroids in the uterus.

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding and fatigue
  • Constipation or bloating
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain/pressure in the hip area or back of your leg
  • Painful sexual intercourse

If uterine fibroids run in your family and you are experience these symptoms, be sure to let your gynecologist know.

Treatment for Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) – Minimally invasive procedure used to intentionally reduce blood flow to the fibroid tumor, causing it to shrink naturally. This is an outpatient procedure that is highly successful.

Hormone therapy – Prescribing hormone medication is effective for shrinking fibroids also, but fibroid symptoms usually return when you stop taking the hormone. And, there are side effects that come with taking hormones that may not be desirable, such as hot flashes and bone density loss.

Hysterectomy or Myomectomy – Some women may be candidates for surgical removal of the fibroids (myomectomy) or their entire uterus (hysterectomy). There is significant down time and risk of complications with surgery, and some women still get fibroids after a myomectomy.

Learn more

If your gynecologist says you need treatment for uterine fibroids, schedule a consultation at Vascular and Interventional Specialists of Florida in Miami, Florida. Our doctors are interventional radiologists who can perform uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), and we will let you know if you are a candidate for this minimally invasive procedure. Call (305) 598-1555 for more details!