Baptist Health Lexington: Non-Invasive Uterine Fibroids Treatment
Non-Invasive Uterine Fibroids Treatment in Lexington, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Nasir Siddiqi, MD, Radiology:
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors of soft tissue and smooth muscle that arise in the muscular layer of the wall of the uterus, which is the womb. They’re very common in females of childbearing age. There are a bunch of symptoms that can happen with fibroids. If, for example, a woman has heavy periods or prolonged periods, spotting in between periods, if there is pelvic pain and pressure, the need to go to the bathroom often, constipation, pain with intercourse, subfertility, miscarriages — these are all some of the symptoms of fibroids.
For a female in the right setting, fibroid embolization is the treatment of choice. This treatment is done as an outpatient using minimally invasive techniques. I will embolize those arteries with very tiny micron-sized plastic spheres. It cuts off the blood supply to the fibroids.
Fibroids are hungry tumors. When you cut off the blood supply, they starve, they shrink and they die. In the next few weeks, like the next period, the symptoms in general have resolved. Doing this procedure does not lead to terminal sterilization. There is still a chance it would be a high-risk pregnancy, but females have gone on to become pregnant and bear children after this procedure.
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