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Understanding Uterine Fibroid Treatment: An Interventional Radiology Perspective

Uterine fibroids, non-cancerous growths in the uterus, are a common health concern for women, especially during their reproductive years. While not all fibroids cause symptoms, those that do can significantly impact a woman's quality of life, leading to pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and fertility issues. Traditionally, treatment options were limited to medication or surgery, but advances in interventional radiology have introduced effective, less invasive alternatives. 

At Great Lakes Medical Imaging (GLMI) in Buffalo, NY, we're leveraging these innovations to provide women with more options for uterine fibroid treatment. With locations in Williamsville, Cheektowaga, Orchard Park, and Niagara, GLMI offers cutting-edge care across Western New York.

What Are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that develop within the muscle tissue of the uterus. They vary greatly in size, from as small as a pea to as large as a melon. While the exact cause of fibroids is still unknown, factors like hormones and genetics play a role in their development.

Interventional Radiology and Fibroid Treatment

Interventional radiology (IR) offers minimally invasive procedures that are guided by imaging techniques. For fibroid treatment, the most common IR method is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE is a nonsurgical, outpatient procedure that shrinks fibroids by cutting off their blood supply.

The UFE Procedure: A Closer Look

During UFE, an interventional radiologist inserts a thin catheter into the artery through a small incision in the groin or wrist. Using real-time imaging for guidance, the catheter is navigated to the arteries supplying blood to the fibroids. Tiny particles are then injected through the catheter to block these arteries, causing the fibroids to shrink and symptoms to improve.

Benefits of UFE

  • Minimally Invasive: Unlike traditional surgery, UFE requires only a small incision, reducing the risk of complications and scarring.
  • Effective Symptom Relief: Most women experience significant or complete relief from fibroid symptoms following UFE.
  • Quick Recovery: Patients typically return to normal activities much quicker than with surgical options.
  • Preservation of the Uterus: UFE offers an alternative for women who wish to avoid hysterectomy and maintain fertility.

What to Expect During Treatment

If you're considering UFE, here's what you can expect from the process at GLMI:

  1. Consultation: Our specialists will evaluate your condition, discuss your treatment goals, and determine if UFE is right for you.
  2. Procedure: The UFE procedure usually takes about 60 to 90 minutes and is performed under moderate sedation to ensure your comfort.
  3. Recovery: After a short observation period, you'll be able to go home the same day, with most patients resuming normal activities within a week.

Why Choose GLMI for Your Fibroid Treatment?

At GLMI, we're committed to providing personalized, state-of-the-art care. Our interventional radiologists are leaders in the field, utilizing the latest technologies and techniques to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. With five convenient locations across the Buffalo area – in Williamsville, Cheektowaga, Orchard Park (500 Sterling Park and 5959 Big Tree Road Suite 105), and Niagara (3850 Saunders Settlement Road) – comprehensive fibroid care is never far away.

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Uterine fibroids can pose significant challenges, but advancements in interventional radiology offer new hope for effective treatment. UFE presents a minimally invasive, highly effective option for women struggling with fibroids, providing relief from symptoms and a quicker return to normal life.

If you're exploring treatment options for uterine fibroids, Great Lakes Medical Imaging is here to help. Learn more about our services and how we can support you in managing your fibroid symptoms by visiting our contact page. Let us guide you toward the best treatment option for your unique needs.

Disclaimer: This blog article is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. The information contained herein is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen.

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