A new technique for controling fibroids, called embolization, is now available. Fibroids, benign tumors in the uterus, are a leading reason for hysterectomies. With embolization, a very small incision is made in the groin, and a catheter is inserted into an artery leading to the uterus. A radiologist then sends through the catheter particles that stop blood flow to the fibroid. In a study at the University of California, Los Angeles, 89 percent of patients treated with this technique siad their symptoms, including pain and bleeding, improved.
Further studies still need to be done to see if a woman's fertility is effected by embolization.
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