Uterine fibroids are the most common type of “tumor” that can develop in a woman’s reproductive system. They affect millions of women and statistics* show that they may account for 60 percent of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States each year. In fact, approximately one-quarter of all women will have a uterine fibroid at some point in their lives, most usually between the ages of 35 and 49. However, nearly 40% of women over 50 (if still menstruating) may have fibroids as well. Thankfully, the occurrence of fibroids usually resolves itself after menopause, but before then, they can be painful and disruptive.
The physicians at USA Vascular Centers are trained and experienced in the treatment of fibroids, specifically through a procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This procedure is conducted in our clinics, on an outpatient basis. A vascular surgeon is best trained to perform these procedures because shrinking or destroying the fibroid depends upon blocking the artery that supplies blood to it.
UFE is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment for fibroids and whenever possible, a good alternative to having a hysterectomy. It is important to note that UFE should be considered only if you are not planning on getting pregnant. The risks to pregnancy from the treatment are unknown.