Uterine fibroids are very common in women but if left untreated, they can become problematic. As they grow larger, these fibroids cause more pain and discomfort in the future. Uterine fibroids are characterized as benign tumors that grow in or around the walls of the uterus. It is not uncommon to have more than one. While they’re not all that easy to identify on your own, there are some symptoms that could help you determine if you have uterine fibroids. The good news is that because most uterine fibroids are non-cancerous, they are not life-threatening. However, you should still make sure that you talk with your doctor about having them removed as soon as possible.
What Are the Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are not that easy to detect on your own. But the following are some common symptoms to look out for and to discuss with your doctor or gynecologist at your next appointment:
- Frequent urination
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual periods lasting for more than seven days
- Feeling of fullness in the pelvic region
- Trouble emptying your bladder
What is Uterine Artery Fibroid Embolization?
Uterine Artery Fibroid Embolization is a minimally invasive and short procedure (average length of time is under one hour), in which your uterine fibroids are removed from the body. This state-of-the-art procedure preserves your uterus and for those who hope to be parents someday, you’ll be glad to know that it does not affect your fertility.
During the procedure, the radiologist uses a catheter, which is basically a slender flexible tube, to inject small particles, otherwise known as embolic agents into small blood vessels that lead to the fibroid tissues. The embolic agents work to block these particular arteries and starve the uterine fibroids. The fibroids will begin to shrink and become softer and eventually disappear.
Rest assured that the expert medical team at Palm Vascular Center in Miami Beach has performed this procedure many times before. We can assure you that it is a safe and generally uncomplicated procedure.
Are There Any Side Effects to Uterine Artery Fibroid Embolization?
After the procedure, which usually requires a one-night hospital stay just to make sure everything is healing property and that you are recovering well, you may have some discomfort. This can usually be remedied by taking an over the counter pain medication. Your doctor may prescribe something stronger for you if necessary. Here are some of the minor side effects that you might experience from uterine artery fibroid embolization procedure in Miami Beach:
- Pelvic pain or cramping for up to two weeks after the procedure
- Nausea or vomiting
- Heartburn and constipation
- Mild fever
- Vaginal discharge like a period
- Hormonal or mood swings
With the use of advanced imaging technology, the knowledgeable and experienced doctors at Palm Vascular Center will perform the uterine artery fibroid embolization procedure. Rest assured, the utmost care and attention is given to every patient to make sure that they are comfortable and relaxed before the procedure. Contact Palm Vascular Center at (305) 763-8734, should you need additional details regarding Uterine Artery Embolization in Miami Beach. Our wonderful, caring and experienced medical staff is available to answer any questions. Also, feel free to visit www.palmvascular.com for more information about the procedure and more.