Uterine Fibroid Cysts

Fibroid cysts are common, non-cancerous growths in or on the walls of the uterus. Approximately 20-40 percent of women age 35 and older have this condition. In fact, of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year, one-third are due to fibroids.

When faced with fibroids you may suffer from symptoms including:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Anemia
  • Painful intercourse
  • Leg pain
  • Pressure on other organs

If you suspect that you have fibroids, please see your physician. A typical pelvic exam or ultrasound can confirm the diagnosis.

Fibroids Do Not Mean a Hysterectomy is in Your Future

Did you know that the hysterectomy is still the most common treatment of uterine fibroids, despite the proven effectiveness of less-invasive procedures?

Interventional Radiologists at Southern Illinois Healthcare Imaging Services use an image-guided procedure to offer a safe, non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroid cysts.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Through a small incision (less than ΒΌ inch) into an artery in your leg, Interventional Radiology physicians guide a tube up to the uterine artery, where they apply tiny particles to block the blood flow to the fibroids. This causes them to shrink and symptoms to subside.

This minimally-invasive procedure is performed using conscious sedation and does not require general anesthesia.

The result is a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications and your ability to return to normal activity within seven to ten days.