The following describes the treatment of uterine fibroids.For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths or tumors that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. Forwomen over the age of 35, 20-40% of them develop uterine fibroids. Most women have no symptoms, but for others, uterine fibroids are very painful and need medical attention.
For some women, uterine fibroids can be very painful and need medical attention.
For women over the age of 35, 20-40% of them develop uterine fibroids. Most women have no symptoms, but for others, uterine fibroids are very painful and need medical attention.
A safe, simple alternative to surgery: Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE)
UAE is a new approach in treating fibroid tumors, which are benign (non-cancerous) growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. This procedure is performed by a Hurley Medical Center interventional radiologist who is trained in the use of X-rays and has performed more than 250 of these state-of-the-art, life-changing procedures.
How does UAE work?
During the procedure, the radiologist makes a small nick in the skin in the groin and inserts a catheter into an artery. The catheter is guided to the arteries that bring blood to the uterus, and very small particles are injected through the catheter to block the blood supply to the fibroid tumor. This causes the tumors to shrink, which in turn reduces the patient’s pain or discomfort. Most women are back to work within a week, and can lift heavy objects within two weeks.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Hurley OB/GYN Clinic:
Hurley Medical Center
One Hurley Plaza
Floor 3 West
Flint, MI 48503