Uterine fibroids are a common women’s health condition that causes pelvic pain and heavy periods. Mahmoud Samman, MD, and the team at Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville provide uterine fibroid embolization treatments for women in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to find out if uterine fibroid embolization is the right treatment for you.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that form in or on the walls of your uterus. Some patients have one fibroid, while others have several growths.
They range in size, and you might not have any symptoms if your fibroids are small. However, larger fibroids can cause symptoms, including:
Medical researchers haven’t identified a specific cause of uterine fibroids, although your hormones and family medical history contribute to your risk.
Dr. Samman and the team use diagnostic imaging studies to diagnose uterine fibroids and locate the growths in your womb. They often use ultrasounds to examine your uterus.
During an ultrasound, you recline on a treatment table with your clothing adjusted to reveal your abdomen. The technician applies a gel to your skin that helps the ultrasound transducer glide over your skin smoothly and creates clear images.
The transducer sends soundwaves into your body and collects the echoes as the waves bounce back off your organs. The ultrasound machine uses those echoes to create images of your uterus and surrounding tissue.
While there are several treatment options for uterine fibroids, embolization is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that gets rid of your fibroids without compromising the integrity of your uterus. Many patients opt for uterine fibroid embolization as an alternative to a hysterectomy.
During a uterine fibroid embolization procedure, Dr. Samman uses X-ray guidance to insert a catheter into a blood vessel and guide it to the arteries that feed the fibroid. Then, he injects an embolic agent into the fibroid arteries.
The embolic agents block the arteries feeding the fibroid, which causes the growth to shrivel and die. When your embolization procedure is complete, Dr. Samman removes the catheter and bandages the incision site.
The treatment only takes around an hour and usually provides rapid relief from your symptoms. A friend or family member can drive you home after your procedure.
Dr. Samman provides a follow-up appointment to check on the success of your embolization, and you can get back to your regular activities within a week or two.
If you have uterine fibroids and are looking for a minimally invasive treatment option, call Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville or make an appointment online to learn more about uterine fibroid embolization.