Top-Level, Comprehensive Diagnoses and Treatments for Uterine Fibroids in Texas
By the age of 50, up to 80 percent of women have uterine fibroids. Fibroids do not often cause symptoms, but they can make it difficult to properly function when they do. Contact Alate Health’s established board-certified interventional radiologist Andrew Doe, MD, for help if you are experiencing heavy cycles or other potential fibroid symptoms. Dr. Doe provides fibroid removal treatments, which shrink fibroids and alleviate fibroid bleeding to reduce your symptoms drastically. Patients suspecting they have uterine fibroids in Houston, TX, should schedule a visit over the phone or through mobile for comprehensive care.
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What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are muscle and fibrous tissue growths within your uterus. Fibroids are divided into four categories:
- Subserosal: uterine fibroids in the outermost uterine layer
- Submucosal: uterine fibroids in the innermost uterine lining
- Intramural: uterine fibroids throughout the muscle wall
- Pedunculated: uterine fibroids in the stalk
Fibroids are not cancerous, but they cause various complications, such as excessive bleeding and prolonged periods. A fibroid might be the size of an apple seed, the size of a grapefruit, or something in between.
Fibroids may also occur in clusters. Fibroids affect the majority of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. After menopause, they are pretty rare.
What Are The Common Signs Of Fibroids?
You may not notice any signs if you have fibroids. Occasionally, fibroids are discovered during a routine women’s health test. Fibroids, on the other hand, can cause a wide range of problems, including:
- Cycles that last more than a week
- Feelings of pelvic pressure regularly
- Painful periods
- Pain during intercourse
- Urinary incontinence or frequent urination
- Leg pain
Fibroids may also induce heavy menstrual flow, necessitating using both tampons and pads or switching pads/tampons every two hours.
If you have uterine fibroids, you might be six times more likely to need a Caesarean section when you have a baby. In certain cases, fibroids can also lead to infertility.
While the cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, several factors play a role in their development. These include weight, age, hormones, genetics, lifestyle, ethnicity, and reproduction. Why some women with fibroids have serious symptoms and others do not is still a wonder.
How To Treat Fibroids With Interventional Radiology?
Your symptoms and unique needs determine treatment for fibroids. The fibroid experts at Alate Health concentrate on minimally invasive therapies that eliminate your symptoms without the need for extensive fibroid surgery.
Fibroid embolization in the uterus is a safe and effective way to shrink fibroids. Your Alate Health provider makes a small groin incision for catheter access in this FDA-approved treatment. The slender catheter is inserted directly into the artery supplying blood to your fibroid. After that, they give the fibroid a controlled dose of embolic agents to cut off its blood supply.
Since your fibroid is not receiving enough blood to stay alive and develop, it begins to shrink. The fibroid eventually withers and dies.
That said, about 90 percent of women receive exceptional fibroid relief via a uterine fibroid embolization treatment at Alate Health. Thus, there is no need to resort to a significant fertility-ending surgery such as hysterectomy, associated with weeks of downtime. With uterine fibroid embolization, it takes a week or less to recover. For the best in Houston fibroids care, book an appointment online or call Alate Health today.