Submucosal Fibroid Treatment

If you are looking for a non-surgical option for submucosal fibroid treatment, Dr. Lipman and Dr. Ermentrout are among the leading experts on the subject. These experts at the Atlanta Fibroid Center can treat and eliminate all types of fibroids, providing you with the relief you deserve from painful and disabling fibroid symptoms.

What Is A Submucosal Fibroid?

Uterine fibroids, or myomas, in general, are non-cancerous growths that develop in various areas in and on the uterus. There is no single known cause for their development, but research has indicated genetics, ethnicity, obesity, estrogen exposure, and some other factors can influence their appearance.

Submucosal fibroids

Myomas are put into categories depending on where they form in and on the uterus. Submucosal fibroids develop just beneath the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) and can protrude into the uterine cavity. They are further classified according to how far they protrude into the uterine cavity.

  • Type 0 submucosal fibroids are connected to the inner lining by a stalk and grow into the uterine cavity;
  • Type 1 submucosal fibroids protrude into the uterine cavity by more than half of their volume, and they are connected to the uterine wall by a wide base;
  • Type 2 submucosal fibroids partially protrude into the uterine cavity with more than half of their volume embedded in the uterine wall.

Are Submucosal Fibroids Common?

No, these are the least common types of fibroids and make up only about 5% to 10% of all fibroids. They may be less common, but they are some of the most problematic fibroids, causing serious symptoms, discomfort, and pain.

What Problems Do Submucosal Fibroids Cause?

They can change the shape of the uterus
Because these fibroids grow within the inner lining of the uterus, they can cause the uterus to become misshapen and distorted.
They can cause anemia
They also cause very heavy bleeding, and blood clots, and prolong a woman’s periods, causing them to last longer than normal, often leading to anemia.
They are the type of fibroids best known for infertility
Submucosal fibroids are known for causing the most fertility issues either by messing up the smooth surface of the uterine wall and preventing attachment of the embryo or by growing large enough to pinch the fallopian tubes and preventing conception.
They can disrupt a pregnancy
In addition to causing fertility issues, in rare instances, submucosal fibroids can cause dangerous complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage, breach birth, placenta previa, fetal deformities, or causing the placenta to separate from the uterine wall prematurely. The risk of an emergency C-section and excessive bleeding after delivery is elevated for women with submucosal fibroids.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization in Atlanta, GA

What Is The Best Submucosal Fibroid Treatment?

If you ask the question, “What submucosal fibroid treatment options are available?” the answer you get may vary depending on who you ask. If you ask an OB/GYN, they might give you a few options and suggest temporary hormone-based treatments that may alleviate some of your symptoms, or they may advise you that you need to have surgery to remove the fibroids (myomectomy) or your entire uterus (hysterectomy). There are issues with all of these choices when it comes to submucosal fibroid treatment.

  • Hormone-based treatments can only be used temporarily and can cause serious side effects, and symptoms return as soon as they are discontinued;
  • Myomectomy surgery involves cutting out each fibroid one at a time using a laparoscopically performed surgical procedure. Submucosal fibroids are usually embedded deep within the inner uterine lining, so they are tricky to reach, and it is often difficult to remove them in their entirety. Depending on the number of fibroids removed, the uterus can be left highly-compromised, like a piece of Swiss cheese. A woman would be at risk for uterine rupture if she attempted to deliver a baby through natural childbirth;
  • Hysterectomy surgery requires the removal of the uterus, rendering the woman unable to get pregnant in the future. Research has shown that women who have had their uterus removed are at elevated risk for several serious health conditions, including cardiovascular problems, hypertension, stroke, dementia, and more.

If you ask a specially trained interventional radiologist, “What is the best type 1 and type 2 submucosal fibroid treatment?” You will learn about uterine fibroid embolization, and you will be so glad you asked that question! (OB/gyns do not perform UFE procedures so they often fail to tell their patients about this option.)

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) For Submucosal Fibroid Treatment

Out of all of the submucosal fibroid treatment options, UFE is the safest and most effective. If you have uterine fibroids and suffer from painful symptoms, you should learn more about UFE because:

  • It does not require surgery;
  • It is done as an outpatient procedure, and you can go home the same day;
  • It is significantly less invasive than surgery and has a much lower risk profile;
  • It can treat all fibroids, regardless of their size or where they are located;
  • It is 90% effective at permanently eliminating fibroids and their symptoms;
  • The procedure takes less than an hour;
  • It is covered by most insurance companies;
  • The recovery is usually less than a week;
  • You get to keep your uterus completely intact;
  • Many women have become pregnant and had babies after UFE.

Where Can I Learn More About Submucosal Fibroid Treatment?

Book a consultation with the Atlanta Fibroid Center to learn more about UFE and join the family of women who will tell you their only regret about having UFE is that they didn’t have it sooner. If you have been told that you need surgery to eliminate your fibroid symptoms, you are most likely a candidate for UFE.

The interventional radiologists at the Atlanta Fibroid Center have decades of experience performing the procedure and are experts in their field. Dr. John Lipman, founder of the Atlanta Fibroid Center, performed the first UFE procedure in Georgia and has been instrumental in helping women with fibroids through performing the UFE procedure, philanthropy, and legislation.

Getting a second opinion is never a bad idea. You have suffered from fibroid symptoms long enough; visit the Atlanta Fibroid Center today and live the rest of your life fibroid-free!

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