The three common types of uterine fibroids
Fibroid tumours are benign (non-cancerous) growths that develop in the wall of the uterus. They occur in 30-70% of women and are particularly common in Afro-Caribbeans. Whilst fibroids do not always cause trouble, abdominal swelling, heavy or prolonged bleeding and pressure symptoms on the bladder and bowel are common. They typically shrink after menopause when the level of oestrogen, the female hormone that circulates in the blood, decreases dramatically. However, menopausal women who are taking hormone replacement therapy may not experience relief of symptoms. Fibroids range in size from that of a pea to the size of a melon. In some cases they can grow so big that the woman can look pregnant.
What is Interventional Radiology
An Interventional Radiologist is a physician who is specially trained to diagnose and treat many conditions using tiny, miniaturised tools, while monitoring their progress on X-ray or other imaging equipment. Typically, the Interventional radiologist performs procedures through a very small skin puncture via the groin or sometimes the wrist. Because this treatment does not use a surgical incision the patient benefits from a much shorter stay in hospital and recovery time is reduced to 1-2 weeks. The Interventional Radiologist will work closely with the primary care doctor and Gynaecologist to ensure the highest standards of care.