What are uterine fibroids?
Ranging in size from a quarter of an inch to larger than a cantaloupe, uterine fibroids are benign tumors that form on the uterus. They can cause unpleasant symptoms like heavy periods, abdominal bloating and lower back pain.
Traditionally, large fibroids have been treated with a surgical procedure called a myomectomy, or even a hysterectomy, which involves removing the entire uterus.
Fortunately, Saint Agnes offers a safe, minimally invasive alternative: uterine fibroid embolization.
What is a uterine fibroid embolization?
During this minimally invasive fibroid procedure, your physician makes a small incision in the groin and inserts a catheter into the blood vessel that feeds the fibroids. Small particles are delivered through the catheter to block the blood supply, causing the fibroids to shrink.
This procedure requires an overnight stay in the hospital. Recovery takes just 8 to 10 days—a far shorter recovery time than you’d experience with traditional surgery.
For more information on uterine fibroid embolization at Saint Agnes Hospital of Baltimore, call 410-368-3009.
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