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Uterine Fibroid & Infertility Treatments in New Jersey

What Are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are growths that develop on the muscular wall of the uterus. Fibroids can cause medical problems for some women, including chronic pain or even fertility struggles. Uterine fibroids are somewhat common, with 20 to 40 percent of women over the age of 35 being affected.

Fibroids can dramatically increase in size during pregnancy. They typically improve after menopause when the level of estrogen, the female hormone that circulates in the blood, decreases dramatically. However, menopausal women who are taking supplemental estrogen (hormone replacement therapy) may not experience relief of symptoms.

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At the Vascular Institute at AMI, we are dedicated to offering our patients the most effective and least invasive procedures possible. We are passionate about providing the highest quality of fibroid and infertility treatments to the Brick, Galloway, Vineland and Cape May Court House areas.

Contact Vascular Institute at AMI to learn more about our New Jersey fibroid & infertility treatments.

What to Know About Uterine Fibroids

While many fibroids do not lead to discernable symptoms or require treatment, some do based on their size, location, or quantity.

In these cases, fibroids may cause:

  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation and bloating
  • Heavy and prolonged periods
  • Anemia due to excessive bleeding
  • Pain in the back, legs, and/or pelvis
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Uterine Fibroid Embolization Patient Information Packet

A Hysterectomy is Not Your Only Option

The detection of uterine fibroids is the most common cause of hysterectomies being performed on premenopausal women. However, AMI is able to offer a fibroid and infertility treatment option as an alternative to a hysterectomy. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) addresses the issue through inserting a tiny catheter into the artery that is supplying the growth with blood and stopping the flow, effectively killing the fibroid. A UFE does not require general anesthesia, although the patient is sedated in order that no pain is felt.

Imaging Fibroids and Interventional Radiologists Image Guided Treatments

Women typically undergo an ultrasound at their gynecologist’s office as part of the evaluation process to determine the presence of uterine fibroids. This often does not show other underlying diseases or all the existing fibroids. For this reason, MRI is the standard imaging tool used by interventional radiologists.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) improves the patient selection for who should receive nonsurgical uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) or Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) to kill their tumors. Interventional radiologists can use MRIs to determine if a tumor can be embolized, detect alternate causes for the symptoms, identify pathology that could prevent a woman from having UFE and avoid ineffective treatments.

UFE / UAE Fibroids Treatment

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) or Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) is a less invasive alternative for treating fibroids. The interventional radiologist makes a tiny nick in the skin in the groin and inserts a catheter into the artery. Using real-time imaging, the physician guides the catheter through the artery and then releases tiny particles, the size of grains of sand, into the uterine arteries that supply blood to the fibroid tumor. This blocks the blood flow to the fibroid tumor and causes it to shrink and die.

UAE/UFE is performed while the patient is conscious, but sedated and feeling no pain. It does not require general anesthesia.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization - An Effective Alternative to Hysterectomy

Not only is fibroid embolization less invasive and permanent than a hysterectomy, it can be performed on an outpatient basis. 85-90 percent of women who have received a UFE report significant or total relief from the symptoms they were suffering. Additionally, there have been numerous reports of pregnancies following a UFE treatment, something that is impossible after a hysterectomy. AMI is a leader in providing minimally invasive vascular solutions, with the members of our team sharing a combined 100+ years of experience.

Recovery Time for UAE / UFE

Fibroid embolization usually requires a hospital stay of one night. Pain-killing medications and drugs that control swelling typically are prescribed following the procedure to treat cramping and pain. Many women resume light activities in a few days and the majority of women are able to return to normal activities within seven to 10 days.

Efficacy of UAE / UFE

On average, 85-90 percent of women who have had the procedure experience significant or total relief of heavy bleeding, pain and/or bulk-related symptoms.

The procedure is effective for multiple fibroids and large fibroids.

Recurrence of treated fibroids is very rare. Research data shows UFE/UAE to be very effective with a very low rate of recurrence.

Effect of UAE / UFE on Fertility and Menopause

There have been numerous reports of pregnancies following uterine fibroid embolization. If future fertility is desired and there is a solitary large fibroid or only a few fibroids, myomectomy should be considered.

Less than two percent of patients have entered menopause as a result of UFE. This chance increases the older the woman is and is more likely to occur if the woman is in her mid-forties or older and is already nearing menopause.

To discuss the options available to you, get in touch with our highly qualified New Jersey endovascular specialists .

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UAE Patient Forms

If you have an UAE appointment, please print and complete the following patient forms. Please bring the completed forms to your appointment.

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Learn more about the New Jersey fibroid and infertility treatments we offer across NJ. Schedule a consultation with our endovascular specialists at (877) 595-9512 today.

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