Many Women Unaware of Painful Disorder That Prolongs Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and Procedure That Treats It

William H. Julien, M.D. treats a uterine fibroid patient at South Florida Vascular Associates in Coconut Creek.

“Unfortunately, many women are unaware of this minimally invasive alternative to a hysterectomy.”

“The excessive bleeding and severe cramps were unbearable,” said Mavornees Berry-Smith, of Boca Raton. “For years, I fought through it, thinking it was normal. I was ecstatic when my gynecologist in Boca Raton explained the reason and recommended I be examined by a vascular and interventional radiology specialist in Boynton Beach.”

The doctor, double-board certified William H. Julien, M.D., diagnosed Berry-Smith with uterine fibroids and successfully treated her with Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). Dr. Julien is the medical director at South Florida Vascular Associates, an endovascular practice in Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation. “Many South Florida women are unaware of this medical condition and are needlessly suffering from uterine fibroids,” he said. “And many have no idea this highly effective, non-surgical UFE treatment is available.”

Symptoms of uterine fibroids may include an extended duration of heavy menstrual bleeding, often-agonizing pain, fatigue, and more. UFE has been shown to relieve uterine fibroid symptoms in 90% of women treated. The endovascular procedure is an alternative to a hysterectomy or myomectomy. UFE patients can avoid the hospital and spend the night at home.

Uterine fibroids are benign, non-cancerous growths found in or on uterus walls. They can range from less than an inch to more than six inches in diameter. Most cause no symptoms and are discovered only after a routine pelvic exam. Even then, only about one-third are large enough to be…

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