Not all fibroids require treatment. If you have small fibroids that aren’t bothersome, the doctors at Fresno Fibroid Center may recommend a watch-and-wait approach. They’ll regularly monitor the size of your fibroids and check-in with you to see if you’re experiencing any symptoms.
Uterine fibroid embolization is a treatment available for symptomatic fibroids. This minimally invasive procedure is an alternative to surgeries, such as hysterectomy and myomectomy, often recommended for fibroid removal.
Uterine fibroid embolization involves accessing the arteries that provide blood to the fibroids and blocking them off, so the fibroids shrink. During the procedure, your doctor uses an X-ray camera to guide the placement of a tube (or catheter) into the arteries that lead to your fibroids. Small particles called embolic material are injected through the tube to block the arteries. Blood flow to your uterus isn’t compromised.
Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgeries used to remove fibroids. You get faster relief from heavy menstrual bleeding, urinary dysfunction, and pelvic pain. You require less recovery than you might with other treatment methods. You go home about 4-6 hours after the procedure, which rarely requires an overnight hospital stay.
The procedure also preserves your uterus and results in little blood loss. You’re usually back to all your regular activities within two weeks.
Improve your confidence and comfort by reducing symptoms of uterine fibroids. Call Fresno Fibroid Center for a consultation or book online to get started on your fibroid treatment.