Uterine fibroids are the most common benign tumors within the female reproductive system. While the majority are diagnosed and treated in women between the ages of 35-54, fibroids can and do occur in women under the age of 35, even as young as the early 20s. According to clinical studies, African-American women are especially susceptible to developing these tumors.
At one time, the only option for women who suffered from uterine fibroids was a hysterectomy, a major surgery. A hysterectomy is the complete removal of the uterus, which requires general anesthesia, up to four days of hospitalization and usually takes five to six weeks to recover.
Now, a less drastic solution, called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is available.
UFE is performed in about an hour and does not require general anesthesia. UFE is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves symptoms by blocking the blood supply to fibroids and causing them to shrink. The procedure has been available for over ten years and used in more than 70,000 procedures worldwide. Numerous studies confirm the efficacy and safety of UFE as an alternative treatment option to hysterectomy.
Drs. Christopher Bosarge and Aaron Montgomery of Coastal Vascular & Interventional, praise UFE as a minimally invasive alternative for women suffering from uterine fibroids.
“UFE is a safe, effective, and proven treatment option for symptomatic fibroids,” says Dr. Montgomery. “This procedure is effective and involves less pain, less risk and less recovery time.”
Most women are able to go home the next morning and many return to their regular activities within a week or so. As with all medical procedures, recovery varies from patient to patient.
For more information about UFE or to set up a consultation, call Coastal Vascular & Interventional, PLLC at (850) 912-8847. For further information on UFE visit www.Ask4UFE.com or http://www.coastalvi.com/