Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus that frequently appear during one's childbearing years. Many women with uterine fibroids never experience symptoms but those that do may experience heavy menstrual bleeding, longer lasting periods, pelvic pain, or constipation. An interventional radiologist will treat uterine fibroids with uterine fibroid embolization.
The prostate is a small gland in the male reproductive system. It is normal for the prostate to become larger as an individual ages, however the specific causes of an enlarged prostate are unknown. Symptoms include difficulty urinating, weak urine flow, needing to urinate urgently or frequently, and inability to completely empty the bladder. An enlarged prostate can be treated by an interventional radiologist using embolization.
A varicocele is enlargement of the veins within the scrotum. These are similar to a varicose vein one may find in their leg. Most individuals with varicocele will not experience any symptoms but they are known to cause infertility and slow growth of the left testicle during puberty. Interventional radiologists use embolization or scelrotherapy to treat varicocele.
Pelvic congestion syndrome is a condition that causes chronic pelvic pain due to enlarged veins in the pelvic region. Other symptoms include pain before or during periods, the sudden need to urinate or varicose veins on the buttocks and thighs. PCS can be treated using embolization or sclerotherapy.
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