Uterine fibroids are an extremely common type of nonmalignant tumor that many women are not even aware they have. Typically, these tumors do not cause any problematic symptoms such as pain or heavy menstrual flow, which is exactly why so many women are unaware of their own uterine fibroids.
While there is no foolproof way to avoiding fibroids, balancing one’s hormone levels has been known to assist in the management of this common, benign condition. Hormones, particularly estrogen, are one of the leading causes of new fibroid development and growth.
Increasing public awareness about uterine fibroids, especially the racial disparity of this condition, is more important now than ever before. Studies have shown that despite severe symptoms from uterine fibroids, African American women reported taking an average of four years to seek treatment.
Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure which can be performed on women with uterine fibroids which are causing symptoms. Symptoms can include dilation of the pelvis due to the large fibroids, abnormal bleeding, pain.
Uterine fibroids and other causes of pelvic pain have long been treated with hysterectomy and other surgeries. Often, there are better alternatives to a hysterectomy available for women. Especially for non-cancerous conditions, including fibroid tumors, women should be aware of all possible treatment options before moving forward.
At North Texas Fibroids we are always looking to add new technologies and new techniques to our practice. We are now offering Radial access for our Uterine Fibroid Embolization procedures. What this means to patients is that there is no need to lay flat for any period of time after the procedure, less post-procedure discomfort at the radial artery access site vs. the femoral artery (groin), decreased complication rate as compared to femoral artery access, and potentially earlier discharge home from the procedure. Call us today to find out more about this exiting new technique that increases patient comfort and satisfaction, or visit Think Radial.
Lessening the gap in communication between a patient’s gynecologist and an interventional radiologist can result in better patient care. When a patient isn’t aware of all of the uterine fibroid treatment options available to them, they may not get the results they want.
At North Texas Fibroids we recognize that, for many women, uterine fibroids, which are small non-cancerous growths in the wall of the uterus, can present symptoms that negatively impact the quality of their lives.
While there are many treatment options for uterine fibroids, the success of these treatments depend upon the skill of the physician. That is why so many of the women in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area have come to Dr. Handley for their care.