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Uterine fibroids are common in women of childbearing age. Nearly one in five women in the U.S. have benign fibroid tumors that grow in the muscular wall of the uterus (womb). For many women, symptoms such as heavy bleeding, pelvic pain and frequent urination can make life difficult.
Traditional treatment for fibroids include a myomectomy or hysterectomy and involve major surgery. But this isn't for everyone. More and more, women are turning to uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) as an alternative to surgery. UFE is a minimally invasive procedure that significantly reduces fibroid symptoms. The procedure blocks blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink.
UFE is performed by a board-certified interventional radiologist. The procedure involves:
Since fibroids can grow back, our specialists will recommend diet and lifestyle changes to reduce the chances of your fibroids returning. Fortunately, fibroids tend to shrink on their own after menopause.
Talk with your Mercy primary care doctor or gynecologist today. No matter the situation, our specialists will deliver the expert care you need so you can live life to the fullest.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive services to diagnose and treat a full range of conditions, including: