Fibroids Specialist

ImageMed

David L Wood, M.D.

Board Certified Interventional Radiologist located in Scottsdale, AZ

Uterine fibroids are a common women’s health issue that may affect up to 80% of women. At ImageMed in Scottsdale, Arizona, double board-certified interventional radiologist David Wood, MD, provides treatments for uterine fibroids that can help you get back to work and your regular activities quickly. Call ImageMed or schedule a consultation online today to find out how Dr. Wood can help you with state-of-the-art minimally invasive treatments.

Fibroids Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, sometimes called leiomyomas or myomas, are noncancerous tumors that develop in or on the walls of your womb. Fibroids are highly variable. You might have a single fibroid, or several could grow in your uterus. They also vary in size from as small as a grain of rice to the size of a grapefruit. In rare cases, fibroids can grow so large that your uterus swells to the size it would be if you were five months pregnant. 

What are the warning signs of uterine fibroids?

Pain is one of the most common symptoms of fibroids. For example, you might have severe menstrual cramping, pelvic pain throughout the month, or painful intercourse. Other signs of fibroids include:

  • Enlarged lower abdomen
  • A feeling of fullness in your pelvic area
  • Low back pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Reproductive problems like infertility and pregnancy complications

It’s also possible to have fibroids but not have any symptoms at all, especially if they’re small. In fact, many women can have fibroids but not know it.

How are uterine fibroids treated?

At ImageMed, Dr. Wood provides fibroid embolization treatments using state-of-the-art minimally invasive microsurgery. His procedures are less painful and require less recovery time than other traditional therapies. 

Dr. Wood begins the treatment by making a tiny nick in your groin or wrist. Then, using specialized X-ray equipment, he sends a catheter through your blood vessels until it reaches the arteries that feed your fibroid.

When the catheter is in place, Dr. Wood injects embolic materials through the catheter and into the fibroid’s blood vessels. The materials block the blood supply to the fibroid, which deprives it of oxygen and nutrients. This causes your fibroid to wither and die. When the embolization treatment is complete, he gently removes the catheter and closes the tiny incision.

The uterine embolization treatment only takes an hour and is an outpatient procedure. That means you can leave after your procedure to go home and recover in the comfort of your own home. In most cases, you can get back to work and your other regular activities quickly, and your symptoms should subside. 

If you’re looking for expert, minimally invasive treatments for uterine fibroids, call ImageMed or make an appointment with Dr. Wood online today.