Uterine Artery Embolization – 21st Century Medicine for Fibroids Tumors
- Created: May 10, 2009
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Fibroid tumors of the uterus are the most common benign growths in humans. Depending on their location they can cause heavy menstrual bleeding of pelvic pain. Forty per cent of women over the age of 40 suffer from fibroids. They are the reason for almost 300,000 hysterectomies, and 250,000 myomectomies [removing the fibroids, leaving the uterus] in the US each year.
Now, a new therapy, uterine artery embolization [UAE] offers a non surgical cure to this common problem. The doctor will enter the arterial system through an incision the size of a freckle. Then,under x ray guidance a physician will inject particles into the arteries which supply oxygen to the fibroids. [figure]. Bleeding from fibroids stops immediately. Over the next six months, the fibroids will shrink 50%. Patients are able to conceive and carry a pregnancy after embolization.
Compared to major surgery, UAE offers less time off work, no risk of blood transfusion, and no chance of recurrence such as patients face after myomectomy. St Mary’s physician, Bruce McLucas, MD, was a member of the team which performed the first UAE procedure in the US in 1994. Since then, McLucas, a gynecologist on the faculty of UCLA Medical School, has performed more than 1,000 embolizations. Contact St Mary’s center for Pelvic Health to schedule your appointment. You’ll be glad you did.
[Figure] CT Angiogram showing uterine arteriesembolization uae