Women's Health

Advanced Treatment for Uterine Fibroids

Three out of four women will develop uterine fibroids during their lives. These noncancerous growths of the uterus are often harmless. For some women, however, they can cause a range of health issues, including:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Prolonged menstrual periods (seven days or more of menstrual bleeding).
  • Pelvic pain.
  • Pelvic pressure or bloating.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder.
  • Constipation.
  • Cramps.

If you are experiencing pain or heavy bleeding as a result of uterine fibroids, Christiana Care offers a a range of treatment options that can help, including minimally invasive alternatives to a hysterectomy.

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

Dr. Gretchen Makai provides advanced alternatives to procedures that once required invasive surgery, general anesthesia and hospitalization. These treatments can address a variety of women’s health concerns, including irregular bleeding, fibroids, pelvic pain, endometriosis and ovarian cysts. Using technology that includes miniature cameras, fiber optics and high-definition monitors, these minimally invasive procedures require very small incisions or no incisions at all. They can provide an alternative to a hysterectomy. Advantages include:

  • Shorter overall recovery time.
  • Faster return to regular activities.
  • Shorter inpatient stays for procedures requiring hospital admission.
  • Better cosmetic results.

Call 302-623-4410 to find out more or to schedule a consultation.

Uterine fibroid embolization

Christiana Care Vascular & Interventional Radiology vascular interventionalists offer minimally invasive treatment of fibroids using uterine fibroid embolization. In this procedure, tiny plastic particles the size of grains of sand are injected through a catheter in the leg. These travel through the artery that is supplying blood to the fibroid tumor. The particles cut off the flow of blood and cause the fibroid to shrink.

Uterine fibroid emblolization is effective in relieving the symptoms of fibroids. On average, 90 percent of women experience significant or total relief of heavy bleeding. The procedure is about 85 percent effective for pain, and it works for multiple fibroids and for large fibroids. Recurrence of fibroids treated in this manner is extremely rare.

This procedure treats the entire uterus and all fibroids, and it requires only a short recover time—typically one to two weeks.

Call 302-733-5625 to find out more or to schedule a consultation.