Innovative Procedure for Removing Uterine Fibroid Tumors Can Help Women Avoid More Extensive Surgical Options
For years women with uterine fibroids, benign tumors of smooth muscle, have had to undergo hysterectomies or other surgical procedures to remove the fibroids, procedures that could be painful, leave scars and affect their future fertility.
"While benign, fibroids can cause abnormal bleeding and pelvic pain, and may be a cause of infertility and repeated miscarriage," says Joseph Bonn, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Jefferson Medical College. "Some women cannot work a normal work day because of the pain. It can be incapacitating."
But a relatively new radiological procedure performed at Jefferson University Hospital - uterine fibroid embolization - is a minimally invasive means of blocking the arteries that supply blood to the fibroids. Traditionally, fibroids have been removed surgically through two conventional surgical choice - hysterectomy and myomectomy.
Embolization Starves Fibroids
"This technique is essentially the same as that used to control bleeding that occurs after birth or pelvic fracture, or bleeding caused by malignant tumors," says Dr. Bonn. "We, in essence, starve the fibroids of blood."
The procedure, which takes approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours, is usually done in the hospital with an overnight stay post-procedure, the Jefferson radiologist said. The patient is sedated and very sleepy during the procedure.
For more information on embolization or to contact Dr. Bonn, please call 1-800-JEFF-NOW.