Houston Vascular and Interventional Radiology provides women in Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land and the surrounding communities in Texas with effective treatment for the primary types of uterine fibroids.

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that affect nearly 30 percent of women ages 30-45. They are also medically referenced as myoma, leiolyoma or fibromyoma. The four major forms include: subserosal, intramural, submucosal and pedunculated. Each kind is classified by location in the uterus and involves different symptoms and treatment options.

Due to the varied nature, a woman may have one or a combination of fibroids. Targeting the source of disease may be challenging if multiple tumors are present. Be sure to discuss each type of fibroid with your physician prior to treatment.

 

fibroid-diagram

Subserosal

This kind of fibroid develops underneath the outer uterine layer, known as the serosa. Subserosal tumors generally produce small bumps on the outside wall of the uterus and induce pelvic pain as they expand. Treatment is dependent upon the size and intensity of pain and pressure caused by the growth.

Intramural

The most common uterine fibroid is intramural. It begins in the muscular wall of the uterus and can grow into other regions. Patients may confuse symptoms with pregnancy or weight gain as the tumor makes the uterus bloat. If left untreated, the fibroid may cause discomfort, frequent urination or heavy menstrual bleeding. A number of therapies are available for intramural fibroids and are based upon individual symptoms.

Different Types of Uterine Fibroids

Submucosal

Submucosal fibroids originate below the inner lining of the uterus. They typically impact blood vessels and result in pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding. If a submucosal fibroid grows large enough in size, it can block the fallopian tubes and lead to fertility complications. Without treatment, they can also cause prolonged menses, anemia and chronic fatigue. If needed, submucosal fibroids can be removed with a surgical procedure that does not require an incision.

Pedunculated

Pedunculated fibroids usually occur on the outside of the uterus and grow from a stalk. The tumor creates pelvic pain, pressure and cramping if it grows into the uterus and begins to twist. Laparoscopy is often used if removal of the fibroid is required.

Houston Vascular and Interventional Radiology offers women in Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land and the surrounding communities in Texas a clinically proven treatment for the various types of fibroid disease, including subserosal, intramural, submucosal and pedunculated.

Our staff is comprised of physicians who are specially trained in using image guidance to treat the primary forms of uterine tumors. For a consultation with one of our specialists, call Houston Vascular and Interventional Radiology at (713) 955-1707.