Uterine Fibroids Embolization Specialist

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Memphis, TN

Uterine fibroids often cause few if any symptoms, though they can sometimes cause pain and interfere with pregnancy. Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis offers advanced treatments for symptomatic uterine fibroids, helping women in Memphis and East Memphis, Tennessee, relieve symptoms and enjoy better health.

Uterine Fibroids Embolization Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors or growths that form in the uterus during a woman’s childbearing years. They may grow inside or outside the lining of the uterus and can be divided into three categories or types based on their location.

  • intramural fibroids (the most common type) located in the uterine wall
  • submucosal fibroids located in the lining of the uterus
  • subserosal fibroids that grow on the outside wall of the uterus

 

Although not as common as intramural fibroids, submucosal fibroids tend to cause the most pain, as well as heavy menstrual bleeding.

Are fibroids cancerous?

Fibroids are almost always benign (non-cancerous). In less than 0.1% of women with fibroids, cancer may be detected; however, this cancer does not arise from already existing fibroids. Having fibroid also won’t increase your chance of contracting other types of cancer.

What symptoms do fibroids cause?

Some women may have few or no noticeable symptoms associated with their fibroids, but when symptoms do occur, they can include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • A feeling of fullness and pain in lower abdomen
  • Frequent urination
  • Anemia
  • Infertility



Fibroids can occur at any age but are most common in women between 40s to mid-50s. They are three times more common in African-American women than in white women.

How are fibroids diagnosed?

Fibroids may be diagnosed based on your history, symptoms, and the results of a physical examination.  Your doctor may perform ultrasound diagnostic imaging or use a minimally-invasive procedure called hysteroscopy. Your provider may also confirm the diagnosis through lab work, MRI, and laparoscopy.

How can fibroids be treated?

Fibroids that don't cause symptoms typically don't require any treatment, but it might be good to monitor them regularly. Fibroids that cause symptoms like infertility, abnormal bleeding or those that grow rapidly or exert pressure on the organs can be treated in several ways, including:

  • medications to shrink their size
  • minimally-invasive surgery using a hysteroscope or laparoscope to remove the fibroids through the vagina and cervix or through a tiny incision made in the abdomen
  • hysterectomy to remove some or all of the uterus
  • open surgical techniques that use larger incisions to treat multiple and large fibroids

 

Women who have open surgery to remove fibroids may require C-sections if they become pregnant in the future. Your treatment may also depend on your age, symptoms, size, and location of the fibroid. For women who think they might want a noninvasive treatment option, there is also the option of uterine fibroid embolization, which is a procedure that treats fibroids without surgery.

If you’d like to learn more about this safe and non-surgical treatment option, visit the dedicated team at Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis, or book your appointment online today.