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Uterine Fibroids

If you have recently been diagnosed with uterine fibroids or are experiencing symptoms like heavy bleeding or frequent urination, contact us for an appointment with our experts.

Treatment for fibroids typically depends on your symptoms.

Larger fibroids can cause you to experience a variety of symptoms, including

  • Excessive or painful bleeding during your period.
  • Bleeding between your periods.
  • A feeling of fullness in your lower belly (abdomen)/bloating.
  • Frequent urination (this can happen when a fibroid puts pressure on your bladder).
  • Pain during sex.
  • Low back pain.
  • Constipation or feeling pressure on your rectum.
  • Long-term (chronic) vaginal discharge.
  • Inability to pee or completely empty your bladder.
  • Increased abdominal distention (enlargement) causing your abdomen to look pregnant.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you have
  • Pelvic pain that doesn’t go away.
  • Heavy or painful periods that limit what you can do.
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods.
  • Trouble emptying your bladder.
  • Ongoing tiredness and weakness which can be symptoms of anaemia, meaning a low level of red blood cells.
  • Get medical care right away if you have severe bleeding from the vagina or sharp pelvic pain that comes on fast.

Four Things You Should Know About Uterine Fibroid Embolization

  • It’s a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment option for uterine fibroids
  • Your uterus remains preserved
  • Lower complication rate with reductions in pain and blood loss
  • Reduced recovery time so most patients return home the same day and return to normal activities within one week

Benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization include

  • FDA-approved treatment
  • No scarring
  • Safer than traditional surgery
  • Minimally invasive
  • No hospital stay required
  • Ability to return to work and daily routine in one week
  • Ability to maintain your uterus
  • Few complications or risks
  • Decreases heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Reduces uterine and menstrual pain
  • Eliminates or decreases other fibroid symptoms

1. What are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growth that can grow inside or outside the uterus. They can also attach to the uterus by a stalk- or stem-like structure.
Some are small while others grow in big masses affecting the size and shape of your uterus. Uterine fibroids usually appear when a woman is of childbearing age, between 30-40 years old — but they can occur at any age.
Uterine fibroids are not cancer, and they almost never turn into cancer. They also may shrink or go away after menopause. Sometimes, a woman may not have any symptoms and is unaware they have fibroids.

2. How are Uterine Fibroids diagnosed?
There are several tests to confirm fibroids and determine their size and location.
These tests can include

  • Ultrasonography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG)
  • Sonohysterography
  • Laparoscopy

3. How are Uterine Fibroids treated?
Treatment for uterine fibroids varies depending on the size, number and location of the fibroids and what symptoms they’re causing. If you are not experiencing any symptoms from your fibroids, you may not need treatment. Small fibroids can often be left alone.

If you have only mild or no symptoms, your doctor may suggest you wait and see.

Medications for fibroids treat your symptoms and can help with symptoms like pain and bleeding.

The best treatment option for you will also depend on your future pregnancy plans.

These can include:

  • Hysterectomy: A hysterectomy is a surgical option in which the uterus is completely removed. This procedure might be recommended if you are experiencing heavy bleeding from your fibroids or have large fibroids.
  • Uterine artery embolization: An interventional radiologist performs this procedure by putting a small catheter in your uterine artery or radial artery and injecting small particles, which then block blood flow from the artery to the fibroids. Loss of blood flow shrinks the fibroids and improves your symptoms.
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA): This safe and effective treatment uses microwave (RF) energy to treat uterine fibroids. It’s recommended for people who haven’t reached menopause. It treats smaller fibroids.

4. What is Uterine Artery Embolization?
Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure to shrink noncancerous tumours in the uterus called uterine fibroids.

Uterine fibroid embolisation shrinks fibroids by blocking off their blood supply. The doctor injects very small particles like sand into the arteries that supply the fibroids. This blocks off the blood supply causing the fibroids to shrink. Your symptoms usually ease or go away over time.

The procedure has been safely used by doctors for many years. The procedure is done by a doctor called an interventional radiologist who specializes in treating conditions without using major surgery.

5. How can I get started with UFE? How can I get started with UFE?
To get started with UFE and determine if it’s the right treatment option for you, it’s vital to set up a consultation with our experts at C3 Medicare.

Our doctors review your symptoms, medical history, and conduct imaging studies to ascertain the number and size of the fibroids you have.

Schedule a consultation by calling 022- 48972433 today!

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