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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Saravanan Kasthuri, MD -  - Interventional Radiologist

Northwest Endovascular Surgery

Saravanan Kasthuri, MD

Interventional Radiologist & Endovascular Surgeon located in Benton County, Richland, WA

If you let them develop long enough, uterine fibroids can leave you writhing in pain. If you choose surgery for relief, Saravanan Kasthuri, MD, offers uterine fibroid embolization to shrink the painful growths. At Northwest Endovascular Surgery, Dr. Kasthuri uses interventional radiology to perform the surgery in the least invasive way currently possible. If you’re looking for a surgeon in Richland, Washington, to perform your embolization, call or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign cell overgrowths on or inside the uterus. Estrogen and progesterone levels during childbearing years seem to play a role in the development and growth of fibroids, which disappear after menopause. 

Uterine fibroids aren’t dangerous, so they don’t typically require any intervention. However, given time, they cause painful and irritating symptoms:

  • Heavy periods
  • Cramps
  • Feeling of fullness in the belly
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Urge to urinate

What treatment options do I have for fibroids?

You don’t need surgery for fibroids unless they’re problematic. Birth control pills and over-the-counter pain relievers may be enough to relieve your symptoms. However, if you experience intolerable pain or have difficulty getting pregnant, you may consider surgery.

If conservative treatments don’t help with your fibroids, you may consider one of three procedures: uterine fibroid embolization, myomectomy, or hysterectomy.

If you still want to have children, myomectomy is a great option. Myomectomy is the removal of the fibroids, and it may improve your chances of getting pregnant. If you’re finished having children, a hysterectomy to remove your uterus ensures you won’t have any more fibroids.

What is uterine fibroid embolization?

Fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive treatment that shrinks fibroids by blocking blood flow to them. This option is perfect if you’re finished having children but want to keep your uterus.

During the procedure, Dr. Kasthuri inserts a catheter into your upper thigh artery while you’re consciously sedated. He then injects contrast dye through the catheter and uses an X-ray screen to guide the catheter. The screen and the dye show him which blood vessels supply blood to the fibroids so he can block the blood flow to them.

Then, he injects tiny sand-sized particles into those blood vessels through the catheter. The substance blocks blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink or disappear.

To discuss embolization as a possible treatment for your uterine fibroids, set up an appointment with Dr. Kasthuri online or over the phone.

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