Could you have uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are very common and for many women and may not cause any symptoms. However, for some, fibroids do cause problems.

Some of the main symptoms for women who have uterine fibroids are heavy menstrual bleeding with pelvic cramping, painful sex, and an urge to urinate. Heavy bleeding can lead to anemia, a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a main part of red blood cells and bind oxygen. If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, or your hemoglobin is abnormal or low, the cells in your body will not get enough oxygen. Anemia can cause you to feel tired and lacking energy making every day activities can become difficult to perform.

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous lumps that grow on the uterus. They are composed of renegade muscle cells that come together to form a fibrous knot or mass within the uterus. If symptoms become severe and anemia occurs, the fibroids may need to be treated. There are surgical and non-surgical methods of treating uterine fibroids. Many physicians will refer their patients to a uterine fibroid treatment specialist such as Dr. Amish Tilara.

Dr. Tilara is board certified in vascular and interventional radiology located in Lawrenceville, GA. Dr. Tilara is highly trained in diagnosis and treatment of painful and harmful uterine fibroids. The procedure he suggests for most women is uterine fibroid embolization. This is a minimally invasive, non-surgical method using the latest in medical technology that allows women to save their uterus and have complete relief of the their symptoms.

During the procedure, an x-ray camera called a fluoroscope is inserted into the uterus to help guide a thin, flexible tube that injects an embolic agent into the arteries that supply blood to the uterus and fibroids causing the fibroids to shrink and die. Up to 95% of women experience relief of their symptoms and can return to normal activities soon after the procedure.

Board certified, Dr. Amish Tilara, practices in Lawrenceville, GA at the Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center. Women from all over the Atlanta Metro area are referred to Dr. Tilara because of his expertise in the treatment of uterine fibroids.

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