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
- 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 ¼ 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.