Fibroid symptoms can be anything from simply annoying to devastatingly painful and socially challenging. A focused ultrasound for fibroids is a novel and evolving therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life in women with symptomatic uterine fibroids or adenomyosis. If you have painful periods or heavy vaginal bleeding, call the experts at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center to discover treatment options.
What Is a Focused Fibroid Ultrasound Treatment?
A focused fibroid ultrasound — also known as magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound or an MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) — is a non-invasive treatment for uterine fibroids. This treatment method, in conjunction with the guidance of a simultaneous MRI imaging, directs a focused beam of energy through a woman’s skin to heat and destroy the fibroid tissue without causing injury to surrounding organs.
This method has been available to women in the US since 2004. Insurance companies, however, haven’t consistently covered this treatment, which is offered in select research centers. If you suffer from the symptoms of uterine fibroids, visit the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center, where a top fibroids specialist uses focused ultrasound for fibroids to relieve your symptoms.
What Types of Fibroids Can a Focused Ultrasound Effectively Destroy?
The optimal fibroid treatment for you depends on the number, size, and location of the fibroids in your uterus. Other factors include your age, your reproductive plans and any other medical conditions you may have. The three main types of fibroids include:
- Subserosal fibroids. These growths project out of your uterus, sometimes on a stalk of tissue. Subserosal fibroids are the most common type of fibroid.
- Submucosal fibroids. Submucosal fibroids develop under the uterine lining or endometrium. You’re more likely to experience fibroid bleeding if you have submucosal fibroids.
- Intramural fibroids. This type of fibroids grows in the muscles of your uterine wall.
It’s unclear why fibroids form in different areas of the uterus and why they form in some women and not in others. The factors that are associated with the risk for fibroids include family history, age, obesity and ethnic origin. Through concentrated energy, focused fibroid ultrasound effectively destroys subserosal, submucosal and intramural fibroids.
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What Are the Benefits of Focused Fibroid Ultrasound?
In general, the women who undergo the focused fibroid ultrasound gain relief from fibroid symptoms. The major benefits of uterine fibroid ultrasound include:
- It’s noninvasive. Focused ultrasound for fibroids doesn’t require surgery or more invasive procedures, such as a hysterectomy or uterine fibroid embolization. It carries a lower risk of complications. Because this type of focused fibroid ultrasound is non-invasive, it doesn’t carry the same risks, like major bleeding or pelvic infection, as surgical fibroid treatments.
- You experience quick relief of your fibroid symptoms. Focused ultrasound for fibroids eliminates or decreases uncomfortable fibroid symptoms — such as fibroid pain, pain during sex, frequent urination and an enlarged uterus,— sometimes within days after the ultrasound.
- The procedure hurts less. You won’t feel pain during a focused ultrasound for fibroids treatment or during the recovery, except for some mild cramping.
- It boasts faster recovery time. Most people return to normal activities the day after receiving focused ultrasound for fibroids.
- It protects fertility. After undergoing uterine fibroid ultrasound, women reported healthy pregnancy and childbirth.
One disadvantage of focused ultrasound for fibroids is that your fibroids may return. Another disadvantage is that it is rarely covered by insurance. Thus, it could be very expensive. Because a focused fibroid ultrasound doesn’t remove your uterus, it’s possible for new fibroids to develop that require additional treatments. If you suffer from the symptoms of uterine fibroids, such as heavy bleeding, pelvic pain or pain during sex, seek a consultation with Dr. Sobolevsky. He provides a comprehensive overview of all the various options available to treat your symptomatic uterine fibroids and adenomyosis. Contact Downtown Vein & Vascular Center for relief from your fibroid symptoms.
Sergei Sobolevsky, MD, is a leading specialist in endovascular medicine with experience in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sobolevsky has decades of experience in the field, with over 25,000 procedures performed, accumulating extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive medicine, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions.
Dr. Sobolevsky earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his specialty clinical training in vascular and interventional radiology at Harvard University. Later, he earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and named to the Top Doctors New York Metro Area in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Dr. Sobolevsky is licensed in multiple states, has delivered presentations at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, and now acts as a clinical advisor for the biomedical industry. He also held multiple positions in the field during his career, including Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, Senior Vice President in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Artann Laboratories in North Brunswick, NJ, and Medical Director at the American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Center in Brooklyn.More About Dr. Sobolevsky
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