Fibroid Disease FAQs

Learn more about uterine fibroids and how our vascular doctor can help. 

If you are dealing with uterine fibroids you may be surprised to discover that one of the best specialists to turn to for care is a vascular doctor. Our King Of Prussia, PA vascular doctor Dr. James McGuckin has helped countless women experience relief from their painful fibroid symptoms. Here are the top questions we hear most about uterine fibroid disease.

What are uterine fibroids? 

Uterine fibroids are benign growths that develop within the uterine tissue. They can vary in shape and size and may be found inside or outside the uterine wall. There may only be a single fibroid or they may be several. Some grow rapidly while others grow slowly and may not be detected for years.

Who is most likely to develop uterine fibroids? 

This condition most commonly occurs in women between the ages of 30-40 years old. African American women are also at an increased risk for developing fibroids.

What are the signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids? 

Symptoms can vary in women with uterine fibroids. You may be dealing with fibroid disease if you are experiencing,

  • Irregular bleeding
  • Changes in menstruation such as longer or heavy periods
  • Intense menstrual cramps
  • Pressure during bowel movements or urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Lower back or achy, dull abdominal pain
  • Infertility

If you suspect that you might have fibroid disease, call our King Of Prussia, PA vascular team for an evaluation.

How are uterine fibroids treated? 

If fibroids are small and aren’t causing symptoms, then you probably won’t require treatment; however, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above including fertility issues, then you’ll want to speak with our vascular surgeon about the best way to treat your uterine fibroids. While your doctor may prescribe certain medications to treat fibroids, sometimes surgery is needed to remove the fibroids. If this is the case, our vascular team can perform a minimally invasive procedure known as uterine fibroid embolization.

When fibroid disease has you dealing with issues, our King of Prussia, PA, vascular specialist Dr. McGuckin can perform interventional radiology to treat the fibroids. To learn more about how we treat uterine fibroids, call Pennsylvania Vascular Institute today (800) 296-9294.

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