Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus (not cancerous) that are extremely common (affect up to 50% of women). Not all fibroids are symptomatic or need to be treated. But in some patients fibroids can be very troublesome causing symptoms of pelvic pain, back pain, bloating and excessive bleeding.
Traditionally fibroid treatment required invasive surgery and anesthesia (myomectomy vs hysterectomy) with a prolonged downtime and painful recovery. But with uterine fibroid embolization all of your fibroids can be treated (without general anesthesia) in an outpatient setting. The noninvasive nature of the procedure means faster recovery and less downtime vs. traditional surgery.
Uterine fibroid embolization involves the insertion of a tiny catheter into the artery that supplies the fibroids. Tiny particles are used to block the blood flow to the fibroids causing them to shrink.
Ali Golshan, MD, is a leading vascular expert who specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of varicose veins and peripheral arterial disease (arterial blockages in the legs). He provides outstanding, personalized care at Beach Wellness MD, located in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.
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