Degenerative Fibroid Treatment

At Atlanta Fibroid Center, we specialize in providing exceptional care for women with uterine fibroids without the use of surgery. Our knowledgeable and caring team ensures that each patient receives the highest quality of care in a comfortable environment. If you are dealing with symptoms of fibroids or seeking degenerative fibroid treatment, it can be confusing to know who to turn to for help.

Your OB/GYN may have advised you that you need surgery to treat your fibroids, but we urge you to seek a second opinion. For over 25 years, the Atlanta Fibroid Center has been helping women from all over the United States and abroad to eliminate fibroids and the symptoms they cause without the need for surgery.

Today, we are going to tell you a bit more about the Atlanta Fibroid Center and how uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a safe and effective degenerative fibroids treatment. We will explain what causes degenerative fibroids, and we will talk about the knowledgeable and highly skilled doctors who can help you become free from their cycle of pain.

What Causes Degenerative Fibroids?

Statistics report that almost every adult woman (80%) in the United States will have fibroids growing in or on their uterus by the time they are 50 years old. Not every woman will even know they have them because their fibroids do not cause any visible symptoms; however, some women experience such bad symptoms that it interferes with their careers and relationships.

Experts do not fully understand what causes fibroids to develop, but they have learned that certain conditions can affect how susceptible a woman is to experiencing them. Research has shown that fibroid growth is driven by hormones, and we also know that they need a blood source to stay alive. They will normally form a connection to the uterine artery and begin to siphon off blood. The fibroids use this blood source to sustain themselves, and in some cases, the fibroid can grow so large that their current blood supply is no longer sufficient to provide for their needs.

When the fibroids do not get the amount of blood they require, they begin to degenerate or break down, which can cause painful symptoms. It causes changes in the structure and composition of the fibroids, which can cause symptoms such as fever, abdominal tenderness, stabbing pain, swelling, bleeding, etc. Symptoms can happen gradually over a period of time, or they can come on suddenly.

What Happens With A Fibroid That Is Degenerating?

A few things that happen when a fibroid is going through the degeneration process are that it can become smaller and softer and cause your normal fibroid symptoms to ease up for a while. It will continue to reduce in size until its current blood supply is able to meet its needs, and then it will begin to grow again. This can start a cycle of growth and shrinkage causing the host of painful symptoms to flare up intermittently.

Sometimes, during pregnancy, women with fibroids will experience a form of fibroid degeneration called necrobiosis, which can cause severe pain in the abdomen and bleeding. Research has shown that this happens because fibroids grow in response to estrogen exposure, and during the first three months of pregnancy, a woman’s hormone levels increase substantially. This increase in estrogen can cause existing fibroids to rapidly grow, become too large for their current blood supply, and begin to degenerate.

Fibroids that are caught in a cycle of degeneration and are no longer causing symptoms are not gone; they have just become temporarily dormant. Some type of degenerative fibroid treatment will be necessary to permanently stop the cycle. In rare cases, fibroids can become twisted or rupture, causing severe, sharp abdominal pain and requiring immediate medical intervention.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization in Atlanta, GA

What Is The Best Treatment For Degenerative Fibroids?

The only way to stop the cycle of degenerative fibroids is to eliminate the fibroids. Most OB//GYNs will suggest a surgical procedure as a degenerative fibroids treatment, but the Atlanta Fibroid Center has a much less invasive treatment that is performed by an interventional radiologist. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is an outpatient procedure that is safe and effective for eliminating fibroids permanently without surgery.

UFE can be done in about an hour, and then you can go home the same day. A specially trained interventional radiologist will insert a thin, hollow catheter into your upper thigh through a very tiny incision. They will use this catheter to deposit tiny granules into the small vessels that the fibroids have created to siphon off blood from the uterine artery. This cuts off the nourishment they need to survive, and they will shrink and die. They will not be able to regenerate because their blood supply has been permanently blocked.

UFE Has Two Big Advantages Over Any Surgical Fibroid Procedure

  1. It can treat any fibroid that is attached to the uterine artery, regardless of where the fibroid is growing. It can even eliminate the ones that are growing deep in the muscular walls of the uterus that a myomectomy may be unable to reach;
  2. It does not compromise the integrity of your uterus, nor does it require your uterus to be removed from your body, like hysterectomy surgery. A woman’s uterus is linked to many health conditions, and research has shown that women who undergo hysterectomies have long-term side effects. The younger the woman is when her uterus is removed, the more at risk she is for serious long-term side effects such as heart conditions, strokes, and memory issues, just to name a few.

What Is The Recovery After You Use UFE As A Degenerative Fibroids Treatment?

After your procedure, you will be sent home with only one small bandaid on your upper thigh. You will be given a few prescriptions and instructions on how to take care of yourself and what to expect as your fibroids shrink.

UFE basically kills degenerative fibroids by shutting off their life source. Every fibroid, whether it is already degenerating or not, will be treated and begin the process of shrinking and softening. The first few days after treatment can be quite uncomfortable, especially if you have a large amount of fibroids or big fibroids.

The good news is that you will be sent home with medication that will help you get through these uncomfortable days, and then you will never have to deal with the symptoms of fibroids or fibroid degeneration again. The cycle will be broken, and you can live your life without having to plan around your next fibroid attack.

What Is The Advantage Of Choosing Degenerative Fibroid Treatment At The Atlanta Fibroid Center?

Dr. John Lipman, MD, FSIR, founded the Atlanta Fibroid Center over twenty-five years ago, where he performed the first UFE procedure in Georgia. He completed his medical training at Georgetown, followed by a radiology residency at Harvard, and then a fellowship in vascular & interventional radiology at Yale before moving to Atlanta. He earned the esteemed title of FSIR, which only a small fraction of interventional radiologists ever achieve. He has performed over 10,000 UFE procedures and has many patient testimonials.

Dr. Mitchell Ermentrout’s impressive educational background includes Dartmouth College, Brown University, the University of California, Irvine, and Emory University School of Medicine. He is an expert diagnostic radiologist with a specialty in vascular and interventional radiology. He has thousands of successful embolization procedures to his credit and specializes in uterine fibroid embolization to help women break free of the painful and often debilitating symptoms caused by uterine fibroids.

Together, these two specialists have over 40 years of experience with UFE and are well-known for their expertise in their field. UFE is safe and approximately 90% effective in permanently eliminating fibroids when performed by a seasoned expert. When you trust your health to the Atlanta Fibroid Center, you can be sure you are receiving unsurpassed quality care from the world’s leading experts. Set up a consultation today and learn more about how UFE can free you from fibroids forever.

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